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National Weather Service Posts Flood Watch for Region

by and on January 11, 2014 8:35 AM

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for the State College area along with almost all of Central Pennsylvania.

The possibility of flooding is linked to Saturday's much warmer temperatures and a forecast calling for heavy rain. The warm up is expected to melt ice and snow that's built up across the region.

AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Tom Kines says Saturday will be particularly mild with the high temperature close to 50 degrees.

As much as an inch of rain is also possible.

The combination of melting ice and rain could lead to ice jams especially on smaller streams. Water backing up behind those jams could trigger flooding.

The Flood Watch will remain in effect from Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening.

A Flood Watch means there is the potential for flooding on small streams, creeks and in poor drainage areas.

Sunday will be dry, starting off cloudy, but ending up sunnier as the day goes on. It won't be as mild as Saturday with highs in the upper 30s.

"That's pretty close to where we should be this time of year," says Kines. "So all in all not too bad."

For Monday, it will be dry with temperatures back up in the 40s. Monday night or Tuesday a storm system may move through the area that could bring some precipitation.

Click HERE to check the latest AccuWeather forecast.

Steve Bauer was the Managing Editor of Steve and his wife Trina are longtime area residents. They reside in State College along with a wacky Golden Retriever named Izzy.

Jennifer Miller is a reporter for She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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