Seneca County residents warned of ice jams this weekend

Seneca County residents warned of ice jams this weekend

Seneca County residents warned of ice jams this weekend

Taylor said ice jams are created when rapidly freezing ice breakup and ice collects during melting and creates dams of rivers and streams.

With the recent storms, the possibility of flooding has intensified, and more rain is coming.

Hazardous weather conditions are expected throughout the Valley over the next two days, said the National Weather Service. "It depends on the nature of the ice and how it moves", said Ross. "We'll know more after they do a drive around to some areas later today (Thursday)".

According to the National Weather Service website, as of 8 a.m., Chico had received 2.34 inches of rain over the last 24 hours.

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By midday Saturday, the rain that has fallen should turn to ice, Goodwin added.

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.

The pieces of ice can get stuck and pile up near bridges and river bends.

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.

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They say don't go out onto the ice and keep your distance from the river due to risk of large amounts of ice, moving quickly.

Ben Pratt, hydraulic engineer with the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, predicts the water in the Susquehanna River to rise a little above 10 feet starting Saturday night.

Per the service's report, released this morning, rain is expected to enter the area Thursday afternoon and evening, marking the front edge of an arriving cold front.

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.

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The prolonged period of record-breaking cold has finally been replaced with above-average temperatures from the Plains to the East. Highs in the 50s are expected to reach as far north as the southern Great Lakes and even portions of northern New England late this week.

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