Waterlogged Northeast under renewed flood risk from slow-moving storms with heavy rain

The FOX Forecast Center say slow-moving storms on Friday could dump locally heavy rain and lead to isolated pockets of flash flooding.

After a brief break in the action, parts of the Northeast  are once again bracing for more storms and heavy rain, which is increasing the risk of flooding across the region due to recent rounds of wet weather.

The FOX Forecast Center says a slow-moving frontal boundary will help kick off additional rounds of showers and thunderstorms into the early weekend, which will work from west to east.

The heaviest rainfall is expected in a region between the Adirondack and White Mountains, where forecast models show 1-3" falling through Saturday morning.


The flash flood threat on Friday, July 21, 2023.
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Communities included in the heightened potential flood alert zone include Philadelphia, New York and Burlington, Vermont.

While the severe weather threat remains minimal, the storms will have the potential of producing torrential rain, with some areas picking up an inch or two of rain with some locally higher amounts.

The soil is already heavily saturated from the southern to central Appalachians to the northern mid-Atlantic and Northeast where any storm has the potential to produce more flooding.

This will be especially true across portions of Vermont and far northeastern New York state.

Forecast rain totals in the Northeast through Saturday, July 22, 2023.
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Catastrophic and deadly flooding was reported in parts of New York state and Vermont last week.

Montpelier, Vermont, saw devastating flooding that hasn't been seen since the Great Flood of 1927.

Vermont, New York under Flood Watches

Flood Watches in effect through Friday, July 21, 2023.
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Because the ground is already heavily saturated, and with more heavy rain expected to push into the region by Friday, the National Weather Service has issued Flood Watches that stretch across the region.

The entire state of Vermont is included in the watch area, as well as portions of northeastern New York State.

Cities under a Flood Watch include Potsdam and Albany in New York, as well as Burlington, Manchester and Brattleboro in Vermont.