Freezing rain, sleet on tap in MA on Saturday

Flooding Concerns Amid High Temps

The runoff from the melting snow and new rain could cause flooding on Friday night, according to AccuWeather.com and the National Weather Service. By noon, thermometers will show 17 degrees and people outdoors will feel like its negative six.

Hazardous weather conditions are expected throughout the Valley over the next two days, said the National Weather Service.

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After a deep freeze solidified the creeks running through the City of Ithaca last week, sudden increases in temperature are leading to rapid ice thaws, making several neighborhoods in the city prone to flooding. High temperatures may challenge a record set only a year ago in the lower 60s. Sunday evening, a weak weather system is forecast to spread accumulating snow area-wide. The temperature will drop to the 20s by 5 p.m. Saturday, the weather service said. The overnight low is expected to be near 23. Additional freezing drizzle is likely this afternoon before the precipitation transitions to all snow.

The heaviest rain will fall Friday afternoon and night, especially during rush hour. Wind chill values could be as low as minus 15 degrees from northwesterly, then southeasterly winds in the afternoon. Highs on Saturday will be 20 to 30 degrees lower than today's highs, and will likely be reached early in the day with temperatures holding steady or falling through the day.

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The Modesto Irrigation District reported that more than half of an inch of rain had fallen in downtown Modesto on Tuesday.

The flooding concern extends to neighborhoods near streams and rivers that won't crest until sometime on Sunday, forecasters wrote.

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The NWS and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet are warning travelers in the area to stay alert as the storm moves into the area.

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