As temps rise, forecasters warn of flooding, then more wintry weather

Heat wave over- Capital Region back into deep freeze Saturday

Forecast: Heavy Rain And Rapid Melting May Lead To Flooding

"Periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties", forecasters warn.

The Glens Falls region should see two to five inches of snow by early Saturday as well as freezing rain as temperatures stay warmer than areas to the north.

A rush of ice was sent downriver when an ice jam give way in East Brady, Clarion County, on Friday morning.

As the heavy rains end, temperatures are expected to drop rapidly and will be below freezing by Saturday afternoon, potentially resulting in flash-freezing.

The National Weather Service estimated almost a foot of ice is on our local rivers which is unusual for CT.

"There is a lot of ice", he said.

"Back in the late 80s we had significant flooding because of the high water levels, you know, throughout the year", he told WWJ's Sandra McNeill.

Winter is making a dramatic comeback less than 24 hours after we got a taste of spring in January. Heavy rain and melting snow means ice jams are unsually likely in CT.

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.

One in March 2011 caused numerous evacuations in Johnsburg and Chester, while roads have been closed for weeks when huge chunks of ice flow out of the river.

Snowmelt or rain on top of snow can occur, along with the breakup of a jam, and increase the level of flooding. Up to 10 inches of snow could fall in northern and western areas once the rain changes to snow.

Update: Friday evening, the National Weather Service canceled the flood advisory for northwestern Cuyahoga County. - A flood warning is in effect until 8 a.m. Monday for southeast St. Clair County due to unsafe ice conditions on the St. Clair River.

Saturday's high temperature is likely to be 39 degrees, 20 degrees cooler than the high in Hartford on Friday.

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