Weather Blog: Heavy rains have left behind flooding

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The back edge of the precipitation is finally on our doorstep! In the last few minutes, the cold air has finally won out, transitioning any rain into snow showers. In terms of accumulations tonight, it won’t be much- potentially a dusting to 2 inches before the storm wraps up. 

As cold air rushes in behind the system, temperatures are falling from the 40’s earlier in the day, to the teens by morning Friday. Expect a few icy spots as you head out the door, especially on untreated surfaces and sidewalks.

The other lingering issue that this storm system has left behind is some flooding. A few areas we are watching at this hour are the Mad River at Moretown, Otter Creek at Rutland and small streams and creeks down in Bennington and Windham County. Heavy rain, warm temperatures, and melting snow have caused area rivers to swell and ice to break up causing jams. If you live near any of these rivers or in any low lying areas, make sure you have a way to get a warning if it’s issued tonight. Ice jams are very unpredictable and flooding can happen in minutes.

Also TURN AROUND DON”T DROWN!!! I can’t stress this enough! If you come upon a flooded roadway, find another route, don’t go through the flooding. You have no idea how deep the water is or how fast it’s flowing. Fact is, it only takes 2 feet of moving water to float a car!

Looking to Friday, we see a secondary area of low-pressure crossing into the region, bringing with it some light snow showers, beginning during the morning. A few snow squall aren’t out of the question, with gusty winds, blinding heavy snow, and very low visibility. In terms of snowfall, we’re thinking anywhere from a dusting to up to 2″

Saturday looks to be the dry but colder day, as temperatures struggle to climb out of the mid-teens. Sunday brings another chance for some light snow showers and temperatures climbing to the upper 20’s.

Still keeping an eye on Tuesday, although the air temperatures look to be rising a bit in some of the recent model runs. We shall see how that plays into how much snow we could get.

-Skytracker Meteorologist Haley Bouley

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