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National Weather Service issues flood watch for Tioga County

National Weather Service issues flood watch for Tioga County

Winter weather advisories for ice and snow are in effect across the Plains and Midwest and flood watches and warnings call for for heavy rain from the Southern Mississippi Valley to the Ohio Valley, from Texas to MI to NY.

On official with Kentucky Emergency Management said the expected flooding will "not be quite as significant at the 1997 event but it will be very close". County crews were checking culverts immediately after the storm to make sure they were not clogged.

The National Weather Service in Tulsa reported that several county roads across Okmulgee County are flooded. The low will be around 27, with a west wind of 7 to 13 miles per hour, gusting as high as 23 miles per hour. One to two inches of rain, with isolated higher amounts, are forecast to occur, mainly from along the I-30 and US-67 corridor through Thursday night.

Second wave moves in by early to mid evening, bringing widespread rain, with a few thunderstorms possible. These counties have picked up anywhere from 5 to 7 inches of rain this week, with an additional 1 to 3 inches of rain possible through Saturday afternoon. Areas that received excessive rainfall recently will be more susceptible to flash flooding since the ground is still saturated. Those near streams and rivers should be especially cautious as streams and rivers can rise quickly.

Those living in flood prone areas should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

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Monitor the latest forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings.

Meteorologists with the weather service predict Wednesday's high temperature will reach 39 degrees and the low will fall to 24 degrees.

Flood Stage is 18.0 feet. The best chance for the development of severe storms will be towards our east in central Arkansas.

Strong to severe storms are also possible late Saturday into Saturday night, with damaging winds the main threat. The biggest concern with today isn't necessarily the severe weather but the flood potential associated with it.