Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Flooding and Ice Jams Possible Friday

Flooding and Ice Jams Possible Friday

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.

First off, a Flood Watch has been issued for all of Central NY from tonight through Saturday.

The weather service said that any river flooding (if it occurs) could last through much of the weekend.

An ice jam more than 100 yards long on the Deer River is what caused it.

"In the event people have to leave their homes, we have plans in place to open up a facility, which right now is the East China Township Hall".

Winter Weather Advisory area
Winter Weather Advisory area

Closer to the coast, including around Bangor, a wintry mix of rain and freezing rain is expected, possibly changing to snow as precipitation tapers off Saturday afternoon. Not only are we dealing with rain but also a significant warm up. He says traffic on the ferry is typically slow this time of year, though it's used daily by workers crossing the border.

Heavy rain is expected to move through Massachusetts Friday and persist into Saturday morning before a flash freeze triggered by dropping temperatures creates slick conditions on the roadways. "And use caution while driving".

Near Lewis Run, Pennsylvania an ice jam resulted in one house and one vehicle flooded.

Glen Gosnell, Washington County's director of public safety, said his office has been monitoring the Mettawee River and Batten Kill, but hadn't heard of any potential problem spots.

On Saturday, rain and sleet is expected before 3 p.m., with the forecast switching over to a slight chance of freezing rain and sleet between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., then a slight chance of snow, freezing rain, and sleet after 5 p.m. Temperatures are anticipated falling to around 29 degrees by 5 p.m., with wind chill values between 15 and 25. Lows will be around 40 degrees, with a south wind 10 to 14 miles per hour. This is the kind of ice you'd expect to see in Vermont, New Hampshire or Maine.

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