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Ice-jams likely from melting ice the next few days....
A soaking rain-storm and strong winds arrive on Saturday...
Courtesy: NWS PHL
ICE HAS FORMED ON MANY RIVERS AND STREAMS THROUGHOUT THE AREA AS A
RESULT OF RECENT COLD TEMPERATURES. AS THIS ICE SHIFTS,
INDIVIDUAL CHUNKS ARE CARRIED DOWNSTREAM WHERE THEY COLLECT NEAR
BENDS IN THE STREAM BANKS OR NEAR BRIDGE ABUTMENTS, FORMING ICE
JAMS. THESE ICE JAMS CAN FORM AND BREAK SUDDENLY WITH LITTLE LEAD
TIME FOR PROTECTIVE ACTION.
SEVERAL ICE JAMS HAVE ALREADY BEEN REPORTED ON AREA RIVERS SINCE
WEDNESDAY MORNING, AND MORE ARE POSSIBLE UNTIL THE ICE MOVES OUT
ALTOGETHER LATE THIS WEEKEND WHEN WARMER AIR AND RAIN ARRIVE.
RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES ALONG RIVERS AND LARGER STREAMS IN EASTERN
PENNSYLVANIA AND NORTHERN NEW JERSEY SHOULD REMAIN AWARE OF ICE
CONDITIONS IN THEIR AREA AND BE PREPARED FOR RAPID CHANGES IN WATER
LEVELS SHOULD AN ICE JAM FORM...OR BREAK. THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE WILL ALSO MONITOR THE RIVER ICE SITUATION, AND WARNINGS
WILL BE ISSUED AS CONDITIONS WARRANT.
Heavy rain arrives between 3 and 5pm Saturday, continuing through Saturday night.
One to two inches are likely, with some areas receiving 3 inches.
Wind gusts can reach 45mph during this time as well.
More details on the rain for the weekend in my next post.