Reports: Massive winter storm spurs ice jam flooding and travel-snarling snow, ice in eastern US
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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3:19 p.m. EST Friday: A multi-vehicle pileup, including multiple tractor trailers, has caused a section of Interstate 40 westbound to be closed between Dickson and Jackson, Tennessee.
Accidents are also being reports on several bridges and overpasses around Nashville where roads are turning icy.
The flyovers at the I-65/Briley Pkwy interchange in Nashville are reported to be very icy with several accidents. Use caution on overpasses, they are icing up quickly! pic.twitter.com/UNSutaI1hS
— NWS Nashville (@NWSNashville) January 12, 2018
3:06 p.m. EST Friday: Freezing rain has lead to significant ice accumulation in southern Indiana. Much of the sleet and freezing rain has transitioned to snow. Motorists should use caution as even snow-free roads may still be dangerous to travel on.
1:47 p.m. EST Friday: Areas of western Pennsylvania are experiencing flooding.
There is flooding with house rescues in Brady Township, Pennsylvania, a fireman in New Bethlehem told AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer.
Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, is experiencing extreme flooding.
1:04 p.m. EST: Numerous vehicle accidents have occurred in Kentucky, as ice and sleet cover the roads.
An accident on the Western Kentucky Parkway blocked the majority of lanes and stopped traffic. All lanes were later shut down as recovery crews work to move the tractor-trailer. Troopers anticipate the complete shut down will last for about 45 minutes.
🚩#CAUTION FLAG out for those traveling the Western KY Parkway around the 71mm eastbound (Ohio Co).
Semi sideways blocking majority of EB lanes. Traffic may be stopped for awhile. I’ll keep you posted… pic.twitter.com/aQDKTSpCEx
— Trooper Corey King (@KingofKSP) January 12, 2018
12:50 p.m. EST Friday: Ice jam reported in Westbrookville, New York. State RT 209 closed in this area due to flooding and ice, according to NWS.
Ice jam reported on the Cohocton River near the I-86 bridge in Steuben County, New York. Water level is rising.
Numerous ice jams appear to have broken in New York, Pennsylvania and Canada, causing flooding along shorelines.
Looks like an ice jam just gave way in East Brady along the Allegheny River. Water rose extremely fast as we were shooting video. Shoreline flooded immediately. Crazy to see. pic.twitter.com/lbDsN2a55C
— Jim Madalinsky (@JimWTAE) January 12, 2018
12:22 p.m. EST Friday: Snow covered roads in Memphis, Tennessee, and western areas of the state on Friday morning. NWS Nashville projects snow will affect the Nashville area and eastern parts of the state later on Friday afternoon.
11:28 a.m. EST Friday: There have been 165 car crashes reported in Minnesota.
#MSPNumbers Statewide 1/12/18 midnight to 10am: 165 crashes (15 with injury, 1 serious injury-St Cloud, 0 fatal) & 40 veh spin out/off road.
— State Patrol PIO (@MSPPIO) January 12, 2018
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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