CAPITAL REGION – Much of the Capital Region will be under a flood watch Thursday to Friday as the potential for ice jams could threaten low-lying areas, the National Weather Service said.
Schenectady County officials echoed the watch info, also alerting residents to the potential of flooding in low-lying areas.
The watch is to go into effect Thursday afternoon and run through Friday evening.
The watch is due to potential flooding caused by rain, snow melt or ice jams, the service said.
Temperatures Thursday are expected to get into the high 40s to low 50s in some areas. Some rain is also expected in the area Thursday night.
The watch area includes much of the Capital Region. Excessive runoff could result in flooding of rivers, creeks, streams and other low-lying or flood-prone locations, the service said.
The runoff may allow river ice to break up in some areas, which could lead to the ice jams and flooding, the service said.
Flooding in areas of poor drainage was also possible, especially where snow or ice clogs storm drains.
Schenectady County officials advised residents in flood-prone areas to stay vigilant Thursday and Friday and encouraged residents to stay away from rivers and streams during the watch.