Flood threat looms for New York

Flood warnings were in effect for parts of New York today, with temperatures heating up as the region dug out from a massive 141122-buffalo-snow-mn-1155_e79b4a449a22e2f488dd8cc759d53a3d.nbcnews-ux-640-440storm that dumped seven feet of snow on the Buffalo area and killed at least 13 people.

Temperatures were expected to climb through the Midwest, Great Lakes and Northeast, with some areas seeing highs in the 60s.

Forecasters today warned of the potential for roof collapses and predicted floods as the rising temperatures began to melt walls of snow.

With roughly the equivalent of six inches of rain tied up in the snowpack, the National Weather Service issued a flood watch for today through Wednesday for parts of New York, according to The Associated Press.

Weather Service meteorologist Jon Hitchcock told the AP there might be trouble with drainage as snow and uncollected autumn leaves block catch basins.

Meanwhile, severe thunderstorms in Texas and parts of the southeast are expected, with the possibility of damaging winds, large hail and even a few tornadoes, according to The Weather Channel.

The respite from cold air will be brief for the eastern U.S. After a few warmer days, the National Weather Service said that “a return to reality” will come by mid-week in the form of much colder temperatures. (NBC)

3 Responses to Flood threat looms for New York

  1. GloriaHoneycomb Wiggins
    GloriaHoneycomb Wiggins November 23, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Oh wow….

  2. Msnewtoncrescent Pinelands
    Msnewtoncrescent Pinelands November 23, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    So if it is a flood warning why is the picture showing a man shoveling snow but anyhow…

    • Eleisha Ashby
      Eleisha Ashby November 23, 2014 at 11:22 pm

      Because that’s where the flooding is going to come from, melting snow.


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