Seneca County residents warned of ice jams this weekend

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Houses were flooded in Cameron, West Virginia and numerous roads were closed due to flooding in Wheeling, West Virginia. 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.

One of the consequences of this brutal cold was the development of ice on rivers in the Northeast and Midwest. Less than an inch of snow, if any, is expected near the coast.

In addition to Livingston County, Wyoming, Erie, Cayuga, Monroe, Genesee and Ontario counties are included in the flood warning.

Now, the warmer temperatures have infiltrated the Northeast, much of the existing snowpack will melt through Friday.

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.

The large amount of snow unceremoniously dumped upon the Long Island region with the passing of a major blizzard last week - with some areas receiving accumulations of at least a foot of snow or more - will likely all but disappear over the course of the upcoming weekend due to unseasonably high temperatures and excessive rainfall. The dropping temperatures bring the potential for any water on surfaces to freeze late Saturday into early Sunday. Hopefully these ice jams occur in rural areas or, even better, don't occur at all!

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The second round of flooding in the area comes as a result of the potential ice blockage on the St. Clair River aided by strong northerly flow.

Pratt also said a myriad of factors come to play in what might happen, such as how much the river will rise? The Hoosic River sometimes has ice jam problems as well. Heavy rain and melting snow means ice jams are unsually likely in CT.

The pieces of ice can get stuck and pile up near bridges and river bends. The ice jams can cause flooding above the frozen dam or flash floods if the ice jam breaks up and releases the trapped water above the dam.

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.

Mainers should be prepared for a little bit of nearly everything over the next couple of days, which the National Weather Service says will be bring rain, snow, ice jams, rising temperatures, fall temperatures, rising rivers and coastal flooding. This story does not necessarily represent the position of our parent company, IBM.

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