Officials warn of flooding on Kennebec River after rain, snowmelt

Ceria Alfonso
Enero 13, 2018

Mainers should be prepared for a little bit of nearly everything over the next couple of days, which the National Weather Service says will be bring rain, snow, ice jams, rising temperatures, fall temperatures, rising rivers and coastal flooding. This is especially true across the interior where a Flood Watch is in effect.

Warren County Emergency Services Director Brian LaFlure said his staff has been working with the National Weather Service in recent days to watch the Hudson for problem spots, and there appeared to be potential ice jams around the usual problem spots near The Glen and River Road in Chester.

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.

Amanda Van Allen
Amanda Van Allen

At 8:32 a.m. Friday, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain that will cause flooding. As stated above, we are focusing on the flood potential for right now. Not only are we dealing with rain but also a significant warm up.

"People should expect travel conditions to range from poor to extremely hard from Saturday to Saturday night in the storm's wake", according to AccuWeather's senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski. One to one and a half inches of rain has already fallen. "And use caution while driving".

The rain is expected to continue into the evening, with the possibility of another thunderstorm; some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall and additional areas of fog before midnight. Then precipitation is going to change from rain to sleet and freezing rain. Lows will be around 40 degrees, with a south wind 10 to 14 miles per hour. Winds will be coming from the northwest at 9 to 18 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 28 miles per hour.

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