Flooding concerns rise as snow melts across the state

As of Thursday afternoon, Skow said temperatures had already dropped to 16 degrees with a wind-chill reading of minus 4 degrees.

Saturday night, the low will be around 10 with increasing clouds, and a calm wind becoming south southeast 5 to 7 miles per hour after midnight, according to the weather service. Skies are expected to generally be clear.

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Precipitation started today in the form of rain that is expected to drench the region this afternoon and evening, with a 100 percent chance of rain through the night, according to the weather service. This will be caused by a combination of 2"-3" of rain plus snow melting (all that water has to go somewhere).

Bitterly cold weather has returned to the area, and residents should not expect temperatures to rise anytime soon.

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Meanwhile today, a strong Arctic cold front is chasing down that rain from the northwest.

Tuesday, it will be sunny and cold, with a high near 14, the weather service said.

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Heavy rain is expected to move through Massachusetts Friday and persist into Saturday morning before a flash freeze triggered by dropping temperatures creates slick conditions on the roadways. In western mountains and in northern ME, from roughly Dover-Foxcroft and Lincoln north, between a couple of inches and half a foot of snow could fall Saturday after the changeover from rain the night before. We dabble with subzero temps again Sunday night, with daytime highs Sunday and Monday around 10°. Also, there is the potential for river ice jams that could cause minor low-lying flooding along area rivers in areas that typically get flooding in the spring.

  • Jermaine Castillo