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March 31, 2014

Rain turns to sleet into Monday morning

A flood watch that was in effect until late Sunday night in Otsego, Chenango and Delaware counties shifted into a winter weather advisory in effect until 8 a.m. Monday, according to National Weather Service alerts on Sunday.

At roughly 2:30 p.m. Sunday, a Winter Weather Advisory was issued for Otsego and Delaware counties and the cities of Oneonta, Cooperstown, Walton and Delhi until Monday morning, according to National Weather Service alerts. A wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow was expected, with an accumulation of up to one inch of snow and ice. Hazardous travel is expected, the alert said, and drivers should use caution and be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibility.

Because of a moist system that traveled up the Mid Atlantic coast on Sunday, a flood watch for area counties was issued at approximately 11:45 a.m. that day. Total rainfall was believed to range from one to two inches, with localized higher amounts, according to the National Weather Service. The rainfall was expected to produce significant rises in creeks and rivers and possible flooding, the alerts said.

As of 8 p.m. on Sunday, no reports of flooding had been made in Delaware, Chenango or Schoharie counties, although a Delaware County deputy said Sunday afternoon that the flood stage had been reached. An Otsego County deputy said minimal flooding had been reported in the town of Butternuts and parts of Bell Hill Road were washed out. 

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