The National Weather Service has put Vermont under a flood watch again, as storms beginning Tuesday are forecast to drop between one and two inches of rain in Northern Vermont. These storms are expected to bring a steady rain that may be heavy at times.
Andy Nash, from the National Weather Service in Burlington writes in a memo to Vermont Emergency Management:
Compared to last weeks flood event, we have two important differences:
1) There will not be nearly the amount of snowmelt — as much of the snowpack melted away. 2) The rain will occur over a 24 hr+ timeframe, instead of 6-12 hours.
Still, it will be enough rain to bring significant rises to many rivers — perhaps to or slightly above flood stage. The areas that get the heaviest rain will see the highest chance for river flooding. Although we do expect that to be across northern NY and northwest Vermont, we still need to pay attention to rivers across the rest of Vermont — in the event rainfall is heavier than currently anticipated in those areas.
Rivers will start to rise Tuesday night across Northern NY and Wednesday in Vermont — and crest later Wednesday into Thursday.
Although the number of rivers that see flooding may be similar to what we had last week — the rises will not be as quick/flashy, and the magnitude of the rises will not be as great.
Vermont Local Roads reminds everyone to not drive through flooded roadways and stay away from rising water.