Ice jam concerns raised as rain, warmth and snow are forecast


One of the consequences of this brutal cold was the development of ice on rivers in the Northeast and Midwest.

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

In addition, Winter Storm Hunter is spreading snow, sleet, ice and rain into the East.

As the heavy rains end, temperatures are expected to drop rapidly and will be below freezing by Saturday afternoon, potentially resulting in flash-freezing. Temperatures on Saturday morning will start off in the 50s, but come early afternoon, they'll dip down below freezing across western and northern MA. Rivers and streams could see locally fast and significant rises in vicinity of any ice jams.

"Unfortunately, it'll happen in the dark, or could happen in the dark with the river rising overnight".

"Will the Kennebec River come up?" Heavy rain and melting snow means ice jams are unsually likely in CT.

Ice jams typically occur when temperatures above freezing cause ice to begin to thaw into big chunks.

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The pieces of ice can get stuck and pile up near bridges and river bends.

An ice jam brought icy flood waters into yards and homes in North Lawrence Friday.

Ben Pratt, hydraulic engineer with the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, predicts the water in the Susquehanna River to rise a little above 10 feet starting Saturday night.

Flooding has been reported due to ice jams forming in Cascadilla Creek.

But first, a drenching, spring-style rainstorm is headed into the Berkshires, prompting a flood watch from the National Weather Service for Friday, extending into Saturday afternoon.

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