Snow-melt causes flooding concerns around area waterways

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Warmth and rain melted much of what fell during last weekend’s early winter storm across Central New York.

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That caused several area waterways to overspill, including the Tioughnioga and Otselic Rivers in Cortland County.

Both overflow at about eight feet. The former rose to over 11 feet in Cortland on Friday afternoon, with the latter cresting at just under 10 feet in Cincinnatus earlier that same morning.

Flooding closed both lanes of State Route 26, from NY-41 to NY-21 in Cincy, for several hours on Saturday.

East River Crossing in Homer was also closed.

In total, 11 county roads and intersections were affected by the wet weather. Most have since reopened.

Rivers are expected to fall below their flood stages later this evening, then continue falling to about five feet early tomorrow afternoon.

Today and tonight, intermittent periods of rain and snow will cause local roads to become slippery at times.

Isolated heavier snow showers could also develop this evening.

Motorists should be advised of the potential for reduced visibility and increasingly hazardous travel conditions.

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