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Winter returning with freezing rain in northern New England

January 12, 2018

The short break in winter-like weather in northern New England is over, with the return of cold temperatures starting this weekend.

Rain will begin falling Friday night, slowing transforming into freezing rain, sleet and then snow by Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures will return to the teens and 20s on Sunday and Monday.

Some parts of the region had temperatures that reached the upper 40s and lower 50s this week, coming after two weeks of sub-freezing weather.

When it returns, the icing will be mostly in southern Maine and New Hampshire, making the roads slippery for motorists, meteorologist James Brown said. But there won’t be enough ice to cause widespread power outages, he said.

Conditions could be worse in Vermont, where Green Mountain Power said it was monitoring the storm and is prepared for the possibility of outages from winds and ice.

In New Hampshire, state safety officials encouraged residents to clear drains, culverts and roofs of snow, ice and debris to prevent possible flooding and damage. There’s a flood watch in effect for southern counties through Saturday morning.

Emergency Management Director Perry Plummer also advised anyone living near flood-prone areas to stay tuned to news outlets and the state’s location-specific emergency notification service to receive warnings for their area as the warm temperatures could cause ice jams and rapid flooding.

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