Flood watch in effect this weekend for most of midstate

Written by Rachel McDevitt | Feb 23, 2018 1:44 PM

(Harrisburg) -- A flood watch is in effect through this weekend for most of the midstate.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service  in State College expect one and three quarter inches total rain fall in central Pennsylvania.

Senior forecaster Mike Dangelo says rain will come in waves that will cause some creeks and streams to rise.

"It's not going to be buckets right away. We can get an inch and a half of rain, inch and three-quarters of rain from a thunderstorm in the middle of summer very easily," Dangelo said. "But this is going to be a broader rainfall, and that broader rainfall is what's going to swell the creeks and streams, because it's falling everywhere and not just over a little point like a thunderstorm would."

Dangelo says the first wave already fell north of Harrisburg.

Heavier rain is expected tonight. Showers will continue tomorrow before tapering off early Sunday morning.

Dangelo says large creeks like the Swatara will have problems before heavy rain would affect the Susquehanna River.

He advises people to be aware of the creeks and streams around them, and not to try to drive or wade through any flooded roadways.

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