Flood watch in effect for parts of midstate

Written by Rachel McDevitt | Jan 23, 2018 2:53 PM

(Harrisburg) -- Flooding is possible in parts of the midstate as ice melts in area rivers and streams.

A flood warning is in place this evening for Swatara Creek in Harper's Tavern, Lebanon County and near Hershey.

Lancaster and York counties are under a flood watch until Thursday afternoon.

Meteorologist Bill Gartner with the National Weather Service in State College says thick ice formed on streams during the cold snap earlier this month.

"And now with the warmer temperatures we've had the last two days, some of that ice is starting to break up. With the rainfall now reaching the streams and creeks, some of that may rise some of the ice and cause it to move and cause what are called ice jams," he said. 

Gartner says it's important to keep an eye on conditions if you live near a waterway.

If you do see flooding, especially on roads, call 911 to report it. 

Temperatures will drop back down by the end of this week. No additional significant precipitation is expected into the weekend.

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