Two weather watches in effect through Saturday

Warren County has two weather watches in effect.

“You have a flood watch and a winter storm watch up there,” National Weather Service Meteorologist Craig Evanego said Thursday afternoon.

The rains that began Thursday were expected to drop about two inches of precipitation on the county, according to Evanego, and lead to some possible flooding issues.

“The main concern is ice jams on rivers and creeks,” Evanego said.

Recent arctic weather has put a layer of ice on many waterways.

“With the rain, the rivers and creeks are gonna rise and start moving that ice.”

When the ice stops, the water behind it will have to find a way to get around it.

With water levels rising from the rain and snow melt because of temperatures in the 40s, and even to 50 on Friday, there could be flooding in some areas.

But, “it is difficult to predict where” ice dams will form, Evanego said.

The flood watch is in effect through Saturday night.

Evanego said temperatures would start to fall through Friday, and the rain will turn into a ‘wintry mix’ and eventually to snow.

The winter storm watch was upgraded to a warning Thursday evening. That warning runs from 4 p.m. Friday through 4 p.m. Saturday.

More than six inches of snow, and one-tenth of an inch of ice, are expected to accumulate in some places, according to the NWS.

Difficult travel conditions are possible, according to the NWS, and gusty winds Friday night and Saturday morning could contribute to that.