Forecasters say motorists and residents in the Finger Lakes were going to be contending with an ‘elevated’ flood risk throughout the day on Thursday, as heavy rain hammered the Finger Lakes, Central New York, and Southern Tier.
“Heavy rainfall rates over one-inch per hour will be likely within any embedded thunderstorms,” FLX Weather Meteorologist Drew Montreuil said in an update Thursday morning. “These will be slow moving and prone to repeatedly moving over the same areas. Rainfall amounts of 1-3 inches will be common across the orange ‘Level 3- Elevated’ risk zone. One or two highly localized areas could see even more.”
Montreuil alluded to the possibility of road closures, which as of 8:30 a.m. had become a reality – at least temporarily – in parts of Cayuga County.
A road closure was triggered along Route 90 between Indian Field Road and Route 34 in the Town of Genoa around 7:25 a.m. While it was re-opened an hour later – Route 34B was closed in both directions between Center and Genoa-Lansing Town Line roads. That road was re-opened around 9:30 a.m.
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Montreuil says the greatest flood risk will be during the late-morning and early-afternoon hours. The heaviest precipitation should move east of the region by 3 p.m., but periods of light rain will continue into the evening.