ITHACA, N.Y. — A flash flood watch will go into effect Tuesday afternoon for Ithaca, Tompkins and other surrounding counties.
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The National Weather Service is reporting that the watch begins at 4 p.m. and is scheduled to last until Wednesday morning.
The weather service states that most areas will get 2 to 4 inches of rain but because the atmosphere is moist and the front may stall, some areas could see more. Places near rivers are especially subject to flooding, the watch states.
A plume of extremely rich tropical moisture is moving northeast into the Finger Lakes and surrounding regions ahead of a cold front dropping southeast from the Great Lakes. The magnitude of the moisture in the air is almost unheard of, though the highest amounts of moisture will pass to the east of the Finger Lakes.
Scattered thunderstorms are expected to happen throughout the morning, but a 100 percent chance of showers and storms is predicted to start at noon, according to the The Weather Channel.
Light wind will accompany the showers Tuesday, but are expected to pick up Wednesday to over 10 mph throughout the morning.
Temperatures during the storms will be slightly warmer than normal for this time of year with highs in the lower 70s during Tuesday’s storms, but will be about five degrees below normal Wednesday with highs in the upper 50s, Accuweather says.
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