The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for Knox, Waldo and Lincoln counties, in effect from late Monday night through 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 and 8, due to heavy rain, snow melt and ice jams (the Watch area also includes Androscoggin, Kennebec, Cumberland, York, Sagadahoc and southern Oxford, Franklin and Somerset counties, as well as parts of New Hampshire).

Rainfall of 1 to 1-1/2 inches of rain, with locally higher amounts, is expected Monday night through Tuesday as low pressure slowly lifts across New England. Heavy rain and snowmelt may cause flooding on rivers, small creeks and possibly in low-lying urban areas. Rivers still have plenty of ice that may begin moving, so ice jams could also present a flood threat.

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. Those living in areas prone to flooding should monitor forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings and be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

The Warnings/Advisories tab of VillageSoup’s Weather link always carries current advisories for Midcoast Maine.