Portion of North Shore River Walk closed for flooding |

Portion of North Shore River Walk closed for flooding

Tawnya Panizzi
Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
Ice floats along the Allegheny River as frigid temperatures move into the area Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. Mild temps have caused the ice to melt. That, combined with heavy rain, has caused a flood alert on Feb. 8, 2019.

A portion of the North Shore River Walk is closed Friday morning because of flooding concerns.

The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh expanded a flood watch through 9:45 a.m. across the region, including Allegheny, Westmoreland, Armstrong, Butler, Clarion and Indiana counties.

The Mon Wharf remains closed as well after authorities issued an early closure in anticipation of the nearly 2 inches of rain that fell this week.

More parking is available at the First Avenue garage and Second Avenue plaza.

Rain is expected to move in again today, with another inch expected through tonight, forecasters said. Because the ground is already saturated, there is flooding potential for small streams.

The rain, combined with snow melt, will cause the Ohio River to rise above action stage, meteorologist Shannon Hefferan said.

The 10th Street Bypass remains open.

Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, [email protected] or via Twitter @tawnyatrib.