A flood watch has been declared from 1 p.m. Wednesday through 7 p.m. Thursday for a number of west-central Wisconsin counties.

According to the National Weather Service office in the Twin Cities:

The west-central Wisconsin counties affected are Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, Pierce and St. Croix.

Also affected are the Minnesota counties of Anoka, Benton, Carver, Chippewa, Dakota, Hennepin, Kandiyohi, McCleod, Meeker, Ramsey, Renville, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, Stearns, Washington, Wright and Yellow Medicine.

The watch means snowmelt and rainfall in poor drainage areas could create street flooding and ponding of water in low water crossings.

A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. Residents are advised to clear the snow and ice away from storm drains before Wednesday.