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New Yorkers urged to prepare for significant rain event this holiday weekend

Staff Writer |
New Yorkers were urged to prepare themselves and use caution while traveling as a potentially significant rain event is forecasted to move into the state Thursday evening.

While precipitation totals are not expected to reach dangerous levels in elevated areas, the potential for flooding in low lying and coastal areas does exist depending upon the rate of rainfall.

Drivers should use caution while traveling this holiday weekend and prepare for the possibility of difficult road conditions in areas prone to flooding. The State Emergency Operations Center will be activated tomorrow morning and will actively monitor throughout the duration of the storm.

This weather system is currently approaching New York from the Southeast and will bring a widespread, soaking, moderate to potentially heavy rainfall Thursday night into Saturday morning across the much of the state.

Current forecasts are calling for up to 2 inches of rain in Upstate counties during this period.

In New York City and Long Island, totals are expected to be slightly higher, potentially reaching 3 inches in some areas.

The rainfall may produce some poor drainage flooding of low lying areas, and ponding of water on roadways and minor coastal issues during high tides. Due to this potential, the National Weather Service has issued multiple flood watches for the majority of counties in the Capital, Mohawk Valley, Southern Tier, Mid-Hudson Regions of the state, as well as coastal flood warnings for parts of New York City and Long Island.

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