On Wednesday, New Yorkers were met with delightful weather. The sun came out, temperatures exceeded 60 degrees and people on the street were legitimately smiling about the fact that spring had finally arrived. But, like a tasty cup of boba tea, all good things in NYC disappear as quickly as they appear.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for New York City and is in effect through Thursday night. Rain is forecasted to fall consistently through Friday afternoon. In all, one and a half to two inches of rain is expected, which will "exacerbate already swollen rivers and streams," according to the NWS.
Here is the latest thinking on how much rain to expect. Flood watch in effect through tonight, and coastal flood advisory today and evening. pic.twitter.com/Uxk9Ou7DGK— NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) April 6, 2017
It's important to remember that this flood watch is not yet a full-blown flood warning—it's simply a reminder that there's a good chance that Gotham will be too wet to handle over the next two days. It can be easy to scoff at these types of weather warnings, especially after last month's underwhelming blizzard, but you definitely don't want to be surprised when the city beings to feel the wrath of Zeus.
The heavy rains could lead to sewage overflow across the Hudson Valley, as was the case upstate last month when snow rapidly melted near Albany. But if widespread flooding actually does take place this week, poop in the rivers will be the least of our problems.