As temps rise, forecasters warn of flooding, then more wintry weather

Sergio Conner
January 13, 2018

However, with forecasters predicting rain across the entire Susquehanna basin, a lot of water will be quickly flowing down stream through Saturday night into Monday.

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. This is expected to cause localized flooding with water covered roads, especially in low lying and poor drainage areas.

At 8:32 a.m. Friday, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain that will cause flooding.

The Flood Warning Center opened at 3:45 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 12, when the Tolt River reached a Phase 2 flood alert level, creating the potential for minor flooding in low-lying areas along the river upstream of Carnation. Motorists are urged to exercise caution due the possibility for black ice.

The weather service also warned of travel difficulties with slippery roads.

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Another thing to keep in mind is that temperatures in New England will drop on Saturday afternoon after the cold front moves through.

In addition, Long Islanders are urged to remain off of all frozen bodies of water - such as lakes, ponds - as increased temperatures and excessive rainfall may cause ice surfaces to weaken and become unsafe. Widespread rainfall totals of one to two inches are expected into Saturday morning, with locally higher amounts.

"The weather service is saying we could get up to three inches of rain".

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. Lows will be around 40 degrees, with a south wind 10 to 14 miles per hour.

In addition, Winter Storm Hunter is spreading snow, sleet, ice and rain into the East. Winds will be coming from the northwest at 9 to 18 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 28 miles per hour. Less than an inch of snow, if any, is expected near the coast.

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