The rain is bad news for those in the storm-damaged Catskills where rivers and fields left swollen by Tropical Storm Irene are flooding again.
Officials are evacuating people in some towns and closing roads in the region. Many schools remain closed as well.
"It’s not a good time for rain," said Lissa Harris, editor of the online news site Watershedpost. "We have a lot of towns where the downtown's have been devastated, where many buildings are either destroyed or waiting word on whether or not they will be habitable."
Harris said the rain is not as bad as Tropical Storm Irene, but that's little consolation to the many people already evacuated from damaged or lost homes.