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Rainfall totals vary throughout WNY as flood watch continues

Western New York remains under a flood watch until 5 p.m. today.

By 6:30 a.m., 0.32 inches of rainfall had been registered at Buffalo Niagara International Airport, although eastern suburbs had received a much greater amount, according to Jon Hitchcock, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Buffalo.

Radar estimated 2 to 3 inches of rain fell overnight in Marilla, Alden and Akron, Hitchcock said.

“It’s varied pretty widely so far,” Hitchcock said.

Steady to moderate rain showers, occasionally heavy, are forecast through mid afternoon before tapering off late in the day, Hitchcock said.

An additional 1 to 2 inches of rain is expected, although those figures will vary as well.

“Not everyone’s going to get the highest amounts,” Hitchcock said. “It’s a little hard to tell right now who’s going to get the most.”

Flooding has caused traffic concerns this morning in Genesee and Chautauqua counties.

The eastbound Thruway between exits 47 and 46 near LeRoy was closed at midmorning, and all traffic must exit at Exit 47. Exit 47 is the Rochester/LeRoy exit for Interstate 490 and Route 19. Exit 46 is the Rochester/Corning exit for Interstate 390.

Also reported early this morning was flooding on the eastbound Thruway between exits 59 and 58. Exit 59 is the Dunkirk/Fredonia exit for Route 60. Exit 58 is the Silver Creek/Irving exit for Routes 5, 20 and 438.

Due to the inclement weather, all City of Buffalo outdoor pools and splash pads will be closed for the day.

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