Ice jam gives way as frozen chunks rush down Allegheny River

Forecast: Heavy Rain And Rapid Melting May Lead To Flooding

Friedland says there may be an ice jam, but high water levels are also playing a role. Chance of precipitation is 80%, but little or no snow or ice accumulation is expected.

Experts believe it will, most likely, dislodge the ice at some point in that timeframe.

In addition to Livingston County, Wyoming, Erie, Cayuga, Monroe, Genesee and Ontario counties are included in the flood warning. Baxter State Park could get half a foot of snow. In addition, driving conditions after the rain stops are expected to be hard, as temperatures are expected to drop once again come late Saturday/earlySunday, resulting in flooded streets becoming encrusted with heavy patches of ice.

The heaviest of the rain is expected Friday night through Saturday morning.

In much of northern and western Pennsylvania, upstate NY and northern New England, the rain will change to snow on Friday or Friday night, adding to the wintry mess. Up to 10 inches of snow could fall in northern and western areas once the rain changes to snow.

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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.

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

These flood watches are for the risk of quick and significant river and stream rises near ice jams, as well as for urban and street flooding.

Consequently, the National Weather Service has issued flood watches from eastern OH into northern and western Pennsylvania, New York state and New England. Basement flooding also can not be ruled out.

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