By DENISE A. RAYMO
---- — MALONE — A flash-flood watch is in effect for much of the region until 8 a.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service in Burlington.
A thick storm band covering half of St. Lawrence County, across much of Franklin County and encompassing all of Essex and Clinton counties could bring thunderstorms and as much at 2 inches of rain “in a very short time,” said Franklin County Emergency Services Director Ricky Provost.
"In addition to the flash-flood threat, any of these storms will have the potential to produce strong wind gusts," a release from the Essex County Office of Emergency Services said.
The advisory lasts until 8 a.m. Friday, Provost said.
A computerized model of the storm track shows a swath from Route 11B north to Fort Covington that appears will be spared from the storm, “but everything else is green,” he said, referring to the color code of activity on the digital map.
The National Weather Service said the weekend looks pretty soggy, as rain and cooler temperatures move into the area.
Tonight’s low is around 55 degrees with winds at 8 to 11 mph and possible rainfall of 1/4 to a 1/2 inch.
Friday's forecast shows a high of 58 with winds at 11 to 16 mph and another 1/10th to a 1/4 inch of rain predicted with higher amounts as thunderstorms pass through. The low may be 44 degrees and less than 1/10 of an inch of rain possible Friday night.
Saturday may see more showers, a high of 57 degrees with winds at 15 mph, turning to scattered showers at night with a low of 41. Sunday looks to have a high of 59 with winds 13 to 16 mph and gusts up to 30 mph in the morning and a low around 42 degrees Sunday night.
Memorial Day looks to be sunny with a high in the mid 60s and winds 8 to 11 mph most of the day, then turning clear and cooler with a low around 41.
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