4.11.14 Closer Look at Flooding

Published 04/11 2014 08:22PM

Updated 04/11 2014 08:38PM

A Flood Watch is in effect from Friday night straight into next Wednesday. The reason: snow melt will combine with rain to bring rivers out of their banks.

Snow Melt: Warm temperatures over the past few days are really taking a bite out of the local snow pack. Still, parts of Northeast Vermont and the mountains have over 12" on the ground. The snow on the ground is getting warmer though, close to 32 in many spots. That means as the warmth builds into Monday, it will melt very quickly.

Rivers and streams are already near bank full in many places, so the added melt will bring some smaller rivers into flood as early as this weekend.

The Otter Creek, the Lamoille River, and the Barton River are close to flood stage already as of late Friday.

Additional Rain: A batch of steadier and heavier rain will move in Tuesday. Many places will see at least an inch of warm rain. Not only will that accelerate the melt, but it will contribute to even more flooding. By Wednesday even some main stem rivers will get into moderate flood.

If you live near a river, and typically see flooding in these situations, take time over the weekend to prepare as necessary.

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