Rainfall amounts from 1 to 2 inches are expected on Friday, with locally higher amounts possible, along with temperatures in the 50s. These much milder temperatures, however, have already brought flooding to parts of the Northeast.
The South Coast is under a weather warning from the National Weather Service due to the potential for heavy rain, winds and freezing temperatures. Some areas could come close to 4 inches of rain.
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One of the consequences of this brutal cold was the development of ice on rivers in the Northeast and Midwest.
The King County Flood Warning Center closed at 10:45 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 12, after a brief opening to monitor minor flooding along the Tolt River.
Now, the warmer temperatures have infiltrated the Northeast, much of the existing snowpack will melt through Friday. Then precipitation is going to change from rain to sleet and freezing rain.
Taylor said Thursday that the county can expect to see periods of heavy rain, which will turn to six to eight inches of snow as colder air moves into the area. Snow-clogged drains will present a serious threat for flooding as well. 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.More news: Alanís, sin rencor a Chivas
An additional concern is the potential for ice jams in portions of the Northeast, even in areas where less rainfall occurs. "We have had ice jams before, sometimes with no problems, other times with big problems". Most likely not, but keep in mind ... with all the melting, we could have an ice jam anywhere on the river.
The pieces of ice can get stuck and pile up near bridges and river bends.
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.
The flooding resulting from ice jams can be serious, both due to the water as well as damage from chunks of ice.More news: Oil crosses US$70 threshold in London as worldwide glut dwindles
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 these two factors will lead to river rises and potential for ice jams. This story does not necessarily represent the position of our parent company, IBM. Basement flooding also can not be ruled out.