Reports: Sleet, snow cover southern US as ice jam flooding ensues from Ohio to New York
Ice, snow and heavy rain are walloping the southern, midwestern and northeastern United States as a multi-faceted winter storm takes aim.
On the warmer side of the storm, ice jams and flooding advisories are in affect in areas of Ohio, western Pennsylvania and New York due to rising temperatures and heavy rainfall. Small streams will continue to spill out of their banks, while ice jams will continue to develop on some area rivers.
On the storm’s backside, an invasion of arctic air and wintry precipitation will lead to slippery and dangerous travel, airline delays, flight cancellations and the risk of power outages.
Sleet and snow were reported as far south as Natchez, Louisiana, this morning, according to National Weather Service (NWS) observations.
A small, but slippery amount of ice and snow is likely in Indianapolis, Detroit and London, Ontario. The amount of snow and ice is likely to ramp up substantially farther east.
Even where roads are wet and slushy, plunging temperatures will lead to a rapid freeze-up in many areas into the weekend.
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10:59 a.m. EST Friday: More than 45,000 customers are without power in New Jersey due to weather-related damage.
The utility added that rain and condensation mixed with salt on the roadways and compromised equipment, according to NBC New York.
“We are working to restore power to customers as quickly and safely as possible,” the utility said.
Due to weather-related damage to circuits at our switching stations some customers in Northern & Central New Jersey are without power at this time. We’re working to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. Please report your power outage. pic.twitter.com/gnrlfEu9d5
— PSE&G (@PSEGdelivers) January 12, 2018
9:43 a.m. EST Friday: Flood warning for ice jam on the Huron River in Franklin Flats in Milan, Ohio. The water is backing up and could impact RT 250. From 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Friday morning, the temperature at the Cleveland, Ohio, airport dropped 16 F, from 55 F to 39 F, according to NWS.
Multiple roads closed in Washington County, Ohio, due to flooding.
Ice jam near the marina on Rocky River. Flood advisory in effect.
9:22 a.m. EST Friday: Flooding in western Pennsylvania have caused evacuations in places including Leadville and Coolspring.
There is flooding in residential area of Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania.
There have been numerous water rescues. A vehicle inundated in Worthington, Pennsylvania, led to a vehicle rescue. Two people were rescued in Jefferson County on RT 36 due to flooding.
Many roads and basements are reported to be flooding in Clarion County in Pennsylvania.
9:08 a.m. EST Friday: Areas over western Pennsylvania have experienced heavy rainfall in the last 24 hours. Temperatures are expected to drop this afternoon by approximately 30 degrees Fahrenheit in three hours, creating a flash freeze. A flash freeze is caused when water on the roads quickly turns to ice. The National Weather Service (NWS) has put out several warning to travelers in the area.
A lot of places received over 2.0″ of rain in the last 24 hours which has led to flooding over a good part of western PA and northern WV. Here is a full list of rainfall amounts from around the region. https://t.co/bzEWIBa08z#pawx #wvwx #ohwx #mdwx
— NWS Pittsburgh (@NWSPittsburgh) January 12, 2018
7:32 a.m. EST Friday: Ice jams occurring on Seneca River in New York, resulting in flooding in Montezuma and Weedsport.
Ice jams have also occurred on the Cohocton River in New York, but no flooding has occurred yet. Sauquoit Creek in Witesboro, New York, is also experiencing ice jams, but no flooding has occurred yet.
RT 51 bridge closed was in Ilion, New York, due to ice jam on Steele Creek.
Ice from the Buffalo Creek broke free overnight in West Seneca, New York. The ice appeared on Borden Road.
Overnight in West Seneca ice from the Buffalo Creek broke free, and instead of flowing downstream it ended up all over Borden Road. You’ll hear from the W Seneca Emergency Manager on @news4buffalo at noon pic.twitter.com/95GwkzPJYo
— Angela Christoforos (@4AngelaC) January 12, 2018
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