‘Flood watch’ issued for area through weekend

Bald Eagle Township residents asked to curb water use

From staff reports

Central Pennsylvania is under a flood watch through this weekend.

Mixed precipitation and rain are forecast for each of the next several days, pushing water levels in streams, creeks and the West Branch of the Susquehanna River higher as soils are saturated.

After rain yesterday — some of it heavy — three or more inches could fall through Sunday, forecasters said.

“Monitor forecasts closely and be alert for possible flood warnings. Water levels on area rivers and streams will rise again, and minor flooding is possible this weekend. Those living in flood-prone areas should be prepared to take action should flooding develop,” the agency warned.

Everyone is reminded to use caution when approaching water-covered sections of roadway.

Also, Bald Eagle Township is asking residents to use only minimal amounts of water, to postpone laundry, dishwasher loads and the like, because the sewer system is nearing maximum capacity in certain areas. These are Cottage Lane, Creek Road, Crystal Beach Road, Lusk Run Road, Fairpoint Road and Keystone Central Drive.

Residents also should be prepared for possible sewer backup.

Clinton, Centre and Lycoming county residents should wake up Friday to light drizzle … then rain.

The morning temperature should be just above freezing — 32 degrees — so watch for icy roads.

As the day proceeds, the mercury will rise to about 40, but up to a half inch of rain is forecast through the day.

Friday night will bring light rain, forecasters believe, with a low of 39 degrees.

There’s a slight chance of drizzle or light rain before 8 a.m. Saturday, then rain. The high temperature is forecast at just below 50 degrees.

More rain is coming Saturday night, perhaps up to an inch.

The same for Sunday, however the mercury should rise to 55 degrees, forecasters said.

More rain should fall Sunday night.

There is light — or should we say sun — at the end of the tunnel.

Monday and Tuesday should be mostly sunny with daytime highs approaching 50, and nighttime lows of 35.