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Thursday, January 18 Weather

Melting snow, heavy rain triggers flood watch

In the past couple of weeks, we’ve had snow, strong winds and record-setting below zero temperatures.

Now, we have a flood watch that’s triggered by concerns of melting snow and heavy rain.

The National Weather Service says moderate to heavy rain is expected Friday into Saturday.

Here’s what forecasters are saying.

“Temperatures are forecast to warm well into the 50s Friday. A period of moderate to locally heavy rain will also move through the area Friday into Saturday. Rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches with potentially locally higher amounts, are expected during this time.

“The combination of melting snow and periods of rain should allow rivers and streams to rise, breaking up the ice, and potentially allowing ice jams to form. Rivers and streams could see sudden rises in vicinity of these ice jams.”

The flood watch is in effect from 6 a.m. Friday to noon on Saturday.

The snow melt will pick up some steam on Thursday with temperatures near 50 degrees.

Friday will be a mess with heavy rain and widespread fog.

After the rain moves out, the NWS says “acolder air mass will move in Saturday night through Sunday night as Canadian high pressure builds. A clipper type system will quickly approach for Tuesday into Wednesday. Temperatures will be moderating ahead of the low, however, a light snow event will be possible with the low.”

The forecast

Today: Areas of fog before noon. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 50. Southwest wind 3 to 6 mph.

Tonight: Rain likely, mainly after 3 a.m. Widespread fog, mainly after 3 a.m. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a temperature rising to around 49 by 5 a.m. South wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Friday: Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. Widespread fog. High near 58. South wind 9 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Friday Night: Rain. Widespread fog. Low around 38. South wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Saturday: Rain, mainly before noon. Widespread fog before 3pm. High near 44. North wind 9 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 26.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 10.

M.L.King Day: Partly sunny, with a high near 24.

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