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Ice jams possible as temperatures rise in Northeast Ohio (video)

January 10, 2018

Ice jams possible as temperatures rise in Northeast Ohio (video)

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ice jams are possible in Northeast Ohio this week, as temperatures climb and scattered rain moves in. The surge of warmth will melt the snowpack and overwhelm local rivers with too much water, breaking apart the surface ice layer, leading to flooding.

With the high temperature forecast Wednesday in the mid 40s, and temperatures in the 50s and 40s on tap through Friday, ice jams and minor widespread flooding are likely in Northeast Ohio, according to National Weather Service hydrologist Sarah Jamison. No flood watches or warnings are in effect currently, and no ice jams have been spotted yet.

What exactly are ice jams? Check out the video from cleveland.com meteorologist Kelly Reardon.

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Kelly Reardon is cleveland.com’s meteorologist. Please follow me on Facebook and Twitter @KellyRWeather.