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Flood watch posted with more than inch of rain forecast

It’s on its way.

Rain moving into the Southern Tier this morning was expected to become more widespread by this afternoon, with totals approaching one-third of an inch today and another one-third of an inch tonight. The forecast calls for up to another inch of rain on Friday.

“It’s going to take some time to move,” Aaron Reynolds, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Buffalo, said this morning of the storm system. The rain should taper off to showers tonight.

Meanwhile, a flood watch for the entire area took effect at 2 p.m. today. While the rain may be accompanied by some lightning and thunder, no severe weather is expected, Reynolds said.

So far this month, 5.99 inches of rain has been recorded by the National Weather Service at Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The record for June – 9.67 inches - was set in 1928, Reynolds said.

Temperatures today are expected to reach the mid to upper 70s, with some low 80s possible to the east, Reynolds said. It will be in the low to mid 60s tonight, with Friday’s highs reaching only the upper 60s to low 70s.