FLOOD WATCH: The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch from Friday evening through Saturday evening for Northern New York and Central and Northern Vermont including Essex, Franklin, Clinton, St. Lawrence, and Lewis counties – including the Adirondack High Peaks and Western Adirondacks. Localized ice jam flooding could begin Thursday into Friday, however record warm temperatures and a period of moderate to briefly heavy rainfall is expected on Saturday. Minor to locally moderate flooding is possible due to a combination of snow melt and rainfall. The greatest flood threat will occur during and after the heaviest rainfall, which is expected Saturday afternoon into Saturday night, and could be made worse by localized ice jams. The flood threat will be enhanced on rivers with potential ice breakup, which includes the basins of far northeastern New York and the northern third of Vermont. Models show a minor flood for the Ausable at Au Sable Forks.