Western NY is on high alert for potential flooding

02.04.19 | Sarah Harnisch

The National Weather Service has posted a warning for central Erie county and Buffalo-area creeks and waterways.

A flood watch is up for all of western New York through Wednesday. All of this-- because temperatures feel 85 degrees warmer today than they did a week ago.

Last week, marking record low wind chills.

Today, we could tap nearly 60 degrees in some areas.

The warm temperatures combined with rain will lead to significant snow melt, potential ice jams and flooding.

The state has machines set up at rivers that are prone to jams across the state-- to break up the ice.