The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for Knox, Waldo and Lincoln counties, in effect through Wednesday evening, April 16, due to an increased risk of flooding (the Watch area also includes Androscoggin, Kennebec, Cumberland, York, Sagadahoc, Oxford, Franklin and southern and central Somerset counties, as well as parts of New Hampshire).

The NWS also has issued a Wind Advisory for Knox, Lincoln, Waldo and Sagadahoc counties, in effect 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, through 2 a.m. Wednesday, April 16. Strong southerly winds are expected ahead of an approaching cold front, 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. This could mean downed trees and power lines.

Snowmelt, river ice and a period of rain Sunday, April 13, contributed to rising water levels on area rivers, and very mild temperatures Monday, April 14, accelerated the snowmelt.  A more widespread flooding threat will develop by Tuesday, April 15, as warm temperatures and additional moderate to locally heavy rainfall move into the region. Significant flooding may occur in the Tuesday through Wednesday time period on main stem rivers, as well as smaller rivers and streams across the area.

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. Those living in areas prone to flooding should 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.