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Direct tap into Gulf moisture means warm, wet Thursday

It's a monster weather system stretching more than 1,000 miles.

Count your blessings.

The all-day rain and heavy fog setting up in "the moisture-rich environment" over the Buffalo Niagara region today will prove to be more of a nuisance than anything.

The most ferocious part remains contained in the deep south where an astounding 20 inches of rainfall was reported in one Louisiana community as deluges of rain continue bringing major flooding there.

As of 11 a.m., about one-third inch of rain had been reported at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. About 0.75 inches of rain is expected when all's said and done late tonight. The daily record for precipitation on March 10 is 0.89 inches, set in 2011.

Widespread rain was falling across Western New York shortly before noon today. (NWS radar)

Widespread rain was falling across Western New York shortly before noon today. (NWS radar)

There's a 100 percent chance for rain the rest of today.

About a half-inch more rain is expected to fall today before it starts tapering off after midnight. (NWS)

About a half-inch more rain is expected to fall today before it starts tapering off after midnight. (NWS)

The rainfall is not expected to result in any flooding on area creeks and streams. Normally, at this time of year, ice jamming is a problem on a day like today, however, due to the unusually warm winter, nearly all of the area waterways are free of ice.

Excess precipitation has resulted in a few overflows at area wastewater treatment plants today, including in Cheektowaga into the Buffalo River and the Town of Tonawanda into Ellicott Creek. Others are likely as the day winds on.

Meanwhile, temperatures will remain in the low 50s today, which is more than 10 degrees warmer than normal for this date.

A mostly sunny, but cooler, day is forecast for Friday with temperatures still above-normal -- in the upper 40s.

It warms up again over the weekend and into next week.

Forecasts show temperatures will be near the 60 degree mark between Saturday and Wednesday.

 

 

 

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