However, in some areas, the warmer conditions have already resulted in ice jams and flooding as Winter Storm Hunter tracks eastward.
Warren County Emergency Services Director Brian LaFlure said his staff has been working with the National Weather Service in recent days to watch the Hudson for problem spots, and there appeared to be potential ice jams around the usual problem spots near The Glen and River Road in Chester.
Nearly three inches of rain has been reported in areas north of Pittsburgh, including Bell Acres and Nixon which measured 2.92 inches and 2.82 inches, respectively. Houses were flooded in Cameron, West Virginia and numerous roads were closed due to flooding in Wheeling, West Virginia.
Urban and poor drainage flooding, especially where snow is clogging drains.
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One of the consequences of this brutal cold was the development of ice on rivers in the Northeast and Midwest. This is the kind of ice you'd expect to see in Vermont, New Hampshire or Maine. As the snow melted and the rain fell rivers rose rapidly and huge chunks of ice broke apart across the state.
"Rain will change to a brief period of freezing rain between 9 a.m. and noon", the weather service said.
On Saturday, a sudden drop in temperatures beginning in mid-morning threatens a flash freeze, causing potentially treacherous driving conditions along with an icy glaze from freezing rain and sleet, followed by a topping of snow, perhaps several inches. "Right now, rainfall looks to be between 1"-3" with some areas seeing more than 3" by Friday night. Hopefully these ice jams occur in rural areas or, even better, don't occur at all!
Pratt also said a myriad of factors come to play in what might happen, such as how much the river will rise?
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The pieces of ice can get stuck and pile up near bridges and river bends.
The concern is that the ice moves and blocks the river's channel in places, causing water to back up and the river to jump its banks.
Cold weather will move in for the tail end of the storm, and the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Warren and northern Washington counties and a storm warning for Hamilton and Essex counties from 7 p.m. Friday to 7 p.m Saturday. This story does not necessarily represent the position of our parent company, IBM.
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