Flood watch in effect across Catskills

Above: A graphic from the National Weather Service in Binghamton, showing the flood watch area across upstate New York and Pennsylvania that is in effect Wednesday through early Thursday morning. 

Heavy rains are in the forecast for eastern New York and Pennsylvania Wednesday afternoon and evening, prompting the National Weather Service (NWS) to issue flood watches across the Catskills region.

The heaviest rainfall is expected to arrive this evening and overnight, with between 1.5 and 4 inches of rain forecast for the Catskills. Forecasters at NWS and Hudson Valley Weather say the eastern Catskills will get the most rain, with lower totals expected for the western end of the region. 

Hydrographic forecasts in the area call for several major rivers to reach near-flood stage over the next 24 hours, but major flooding is not expected. Intense rainfall may cause rapid flooding of small streams, ditches, roadways and low-lying spots. Drivers should be especially careful on the roads this evening and overnight.