BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Excessive rainfall is expected to arrive across all of the News 4 broadcast area overnight.
Right now it would appear as though the heaviest rainfall will take place across areas east and south of the Niagara Frontier, however this is still subject to change. Some training of heavy rain showers is anticipated. That is when rain showers continue to develop in a straight line raking localized areas with very heavy rainfall.
Some training produced heavy rainfall from Depew northeastward across parts of Lancaster, Clarence and Newstead Wednesday afternoon and evening. A cooperative weather observer on the Newstead-Clarence line reported 1.70 inches of rainfall, which has left many feeder streams and creeks rain swollen across parts of northeast Erie County.
Even more modest amounts of additional rainfall could easily result in some flooded roadways given the saturated ground. Tune into News 4 and CW23 throughout the evening for updated rainfall and flood forecasts.
Here is the latest list of river and creek forecast crests generated by the hydrological models at the Northeast River Forecast Center:
GENESEE RIVER at Wellsville: forecast crest: 11.9′ around 1pm Friday, flood stage is 11′ so this would result in minor flooding
ALLEGHENY RIVER at Salamanca: forecast crest 12′ at 7 pm Friday, flood stage is 12′, this would result in moderate flooding
ALLEGHENY RIVER at Olean: forecast crest 12′ at 7 am Saturday, flood stage is 10′, this would result in minor flooding
CATTARAUGUS CREEK at Gowanda: forecast crest 8.9′ at 7 am Friday, flood stage is 10′
CAZENOVIA CREEK at Ebenezer: forecast crest 9.5′ at 1 am Friday, flood stage is 10′, near flood
BUFFALO CREEK at Gardenville: forecast crest 5.0′ at 7 am Friday, flood stage is 7.0′
CAYUGA CREEK at Lancaster: forecast crest 7.1′ at 1 pm Friday, flood stage is 8.0′
ELLICOTT CREEK at Williamsville: forecast crest 7.0′ at 7 pm Friday, flood stage is 8.0′
TONAWANDA CREEK at Rapids: forecast crest 11.8′ at 7 am Sunday, flood stage 12.0′, some minor flooding possible