Flooding Continues To Be Big Concern Across Area

PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — The steady, heavy rain that fell overnight combined with the continually melting snow has many people across the area concerned about the potential for flooding.

The Mon Wharf parking lot is closed today as a precaution. Water begins to flood the parking deck at 18 feet.

Residents living along the Youghiogheny River are also concerned about flooding. Much of the area remains under a flood advisory through Sunday.

KDKA meteorologist Dennis Bowman says that through mid-morning, the Pittsburgh area had close to an inch of rain in addition to runoff from melting snow.

The Ohio River at Pittsburgh is expected to crest at just over 21 feet on Saturday morning. This should result in the flooding of the Mon Wharf, but would be below levels of flooding for the 10th Street Bypass.

Rain will change to snow this afternoon in the Pittsburgh area, but should only leave a coating at best. However, several inches of snow are piling up north of I-80. Watch for icy spots tonight as temperatures fall to about 19 degrees locally.

“I think we’re going to see first the response on streams and creeks that could start as early as overnight tonight,” said Bill Drzal, National Weather Service hydrologist. “Particularly worrisome are some of the areas in Beaver, Butler, over to Armstrong County, possibly Allegheny County where there was eight to 10 inches of snow and there’s probably half to three-quarters of an inch of water still on the ground.”

But today’s rain may not be the biggest problem as another storm, just around the corner, could cause even more issues.

“I think it’ll be a little bit different. The storm as we’re looking at it now will go farther to the north so we may get more rain over the Allegheny basin,” Drzal said. “So, I would look for bigger rises on the Allegheny as opposed to the Monongahela River. So the worry shifts a little bit north but it all goes down the Ohio.”

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One Comment

  1. Bob McBob says:

    More clueless guesses from the Captains of Ineptitude

  2. TIMSTER says:

    It’s a good thing I 80 was constructed, otherwise these weather morans would have to look at a map to predict, or should I say GUESS the weather.

  3. Jan says:

    Bob and Timster…..why do you need to be so negative? If their weather predictions bother you so much, why don’t you just quit coming to this website? Timster, I-80 is merely used as an indicator where the weather changes. I travel North on I-79 a lot and I find between Rt 422 and I-80 is where the weather changes from rain to snow or ice.

    Perhaps, each of you would like to walk in the shoes of a meteorologist. I have a feeling you will find out it is not easy to predict the weather, because it is very unpredictable!

    1. Dave says:

      I’m sure they would like to walk in the shoes of a meteorologist. You get paid a lot of money and can be wrong most of the time. Sounds like a sweet gig!

    2. Fred says:

      or move to florida, where your concerns would be hurricanes or the extreme heat of june july and august. I’m sure it;s difficult to predict the weather there, too.

  4. I-80 says:

    Please leave me out of this conversation. Thank you.

    1. I-79 says:


      1. I-76 says:

        Waa waa waaaaa


  5. Kevin says:

    Jan are you related to Dennis Bowman of Jeff I suck at preditcting Verzulya, watcing the weather is like playing a slot, you just wait and wait to be disappointed

    Also Jan last storm was to be 2 to 4 and ended up with 10 inches, guess in your eyes being snow fell you were happy

    1. Jan says:

      Kevin, no I am not related to any of the meteorologists. Just tired of everyone complaining all the time. Who cares if they predicted the storm wrong. All of the tv stations and the national weather service were wrong. I guess it gives all the complainers something to complain about.

      1. Marty Griffin says:

        So now you’re complaining about others complaining.

        Nice circular logic, genius.

  6. John J Johnson says:

    Well its snowing pretty good here in Monessen. Its been like this for 20 minutes now. I thought no snow till 3:00pm????

  7. Bozo the Clown says:

    I think the shoes of a meterologist would be too small for me

  8. Dennis Bowman says:

    Don’t blame me. I’ve recommended my Ouija board time and time again but Verszyla insists on using the office Magic 8 Ball.

  9. Bob Lozano says:

    As a former meterologist in the Grand Rapids area, I would like to let you fools know that if we were right all the time then no one would watch us. Are training taught us to actually predict the weather incorrectly 27% of the time.

  10. will g says:

    could someone please escort Dennis back to the home, he’s going to be late for bingo.

  11. Bob Lozano says:

    Are you trying to be funny Will G?

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