Weather system brings rain, warmth

By Michelle Costanza
By Erika Mahoney

Weather system brings rain, warmth

December 21, 2013 Updated Dec 22, 2013 at 11:56 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A large storm system is raising concerns for some New Yorkers this weekend.

The storm is keeping the Twin Tiers feeling more like spring than winter.

Just a week after significant snowfall and temperatures expected to hit 20 to 30 degrees above normal, melting alone will cause waterways to rise. Adding in the heavy rainfall will likely bring many streams and rivers closer to flood stage by Sunday morning.

Other sections of New York, stuck on the cooler side of the system, are experiencing the winter weather aspect of the storm.

Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a Winter Ice Storm Emergency late Saturday afternoon for several counties in the North Country. The State Emergency Operations Center was activated to respond to northern and western areas, where freezing rain is causing significant icing and dangerous travel conditions.

States of Emergency were declared in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and St. Lawrence Counties by 4:00 p.m. Saturday.

"We are taking precautions to protect our residents as well as help keep our roadways clear and infrastructure working," said Governor Cuomo.

While the NYSDOT has more than 1,000 plows on standby in ice-prone cities, river and stream gauges are being monitored in the Susquehanna Basin to ensure flood control projects are ready for operation, if needed.

While minor flooding and ponding on roadways is likely across the Twin Tiers, major widespread and damaging flooding was not expected as of Saturday evening.