Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Forecasters warn of potential ice jams this weekend

Forecasters warn of potential ice jams this weekend

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning shortly after 8 a.m. Friday for communities including Algonac, Clay Township, Marine City, Harsens Island, Pearl Beach, St. Clair and Port Huron.

The combination of moderate to heavy rain, on top of snow melt and the possibility of isolated ice jams along area rivers and streams, presents the threat of localized street flooding.

The National Weather Service also issued a flood warning Friday for ME and New Hampshire, warning that up to 3 inches of rain could fall.

Nearly three inches of rain has been reported in areas north of Pittsburgh, including Bell Acres and Nixon which measured 2.92 inches and 2.82 inches, respectively.

There was another ice jam just downriver from this one. During this time, IFD is advising residents to check their storm drains to make sure they are clear of any leaves or debris so water can drain and, for residents in low lying areas and areas near creeks and streams, to be diligent and check their basements for flooding and that their sump pumps are working.

Forecast: Heavy Rain And Rapid Melting May Lead To Flooding
With heavy rain on the way, officials prepare for flooding

In addition to Livingston County, Wyoming, Erie, Cayuga, Monroe, Genesee and Ontario counties are included in the flood warning. Less than an inch of snow, if any, is expected near the coast.

Total snow accumulations of 1 to 4 inches are expected, along with slippery road conditions and areas of poor visibility.

Another thing to keep in mind is that temperatures in New England will drop on Saturday afternoon after the cold front moves through. Then precipitation is going to change from rain to sleet and freezing rain.

In Middletown, Public Works Director William Russo said employees had spent the past few days removing snow from catch basins and clearing low-lying areas in anticipation of flooding. The dropping temperatures bring the potential for any water on surfaces to freeze late Saturday into early Sunday.

Spring-like temperatures are in the forecast on Friday, but a winter warm-up can lead to melting ice in waterways like the Susquehanna River. This story does not necessarily represent the position of our parent company, IBM.

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