On Saturday, the temperature will drop below freezing once again, and may cause the leftover rain to become freezing rain, and the wetness to flash freeze.
Total snow accumulations of 1 to 4 inches are expected, along with slippery road conditions and areas of poor visibility.
An ice jam more than 100 yards long on the Deer River is what caused it. "We'll know more after they do a drive around to some areas later today (Thursday)". "It depends on the nature of the ice and how it moves", said Ross. Not only are we dealing with rain but also a significant warm up. Heavy rain and melting snow means ice jams are unsually likely in CT.
Taylor said if high water begins to come onto property or if you see an ice jam, call 911 to report that.
There was another ice jam just downriver from this one.
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Snowmelt or rain on top of snow can occur, along with the breakup of a jam, and increase the level of flooding.
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 Hoosic River sometimes has ice jam problems as well.
Meanwhile, a ferry connecting cities in the USA and Canada across the St. Clair River has been shut down indefinitely due to damage by an ice jam to its Canadian dock.
Freidland said they have crews from two fire departments standing by and an evacuation plan in place in case it's needed.
The National Weather Service issued a flood warning shortly after 8 a.m. Friday for communities including Algonac, Clay Township, Marine City, Harsens Island, Pearl Beach, St. Clair and Port Huron. Colder temperatures will move in for Sunday, with teens likely as a high.