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Heavy rains bring weekend flooding concerns

After a days of sub-freezing temperatures, area should see spring-like weather

January 10. 2014 11:38PM

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WILKES-BARRE — Rain and high temperatures will combine to make the Wyoming Valley an unseasonably warm, soggy place to be this weekend.

WNEP meteorologist Tom Clark said the weekend’s warm-up is a result of a shift in the steering currents up to 20,000 feet above the Earth. Winds are backing around to the southwest, which Clark said is enabling warmer air to come up the East Coast.

Today is going to feel like spring as rain and warm temperatures move into the area. Potentially heavy rain showers are possible throughout the day and into tonight.

Clark said up to an inch of rain is expected, but some parts of Northeastern Pennsylvania could see more.

He said the heaviest of the rain should fall this afternoon and temperatures are expected to reach the mid 50s. Earlier this week below-zero nighttime temperatures were the norm, and mercury climbed to only the single digits in daytime.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch from this afternoon through Sunday evening.

“The concern is the potential for ice jamming, which could cause flash flooding,” Clark said. He also said that the ground is still frozen from last week’s cold snap, which will prevent it from absorbing the rainfall.

As a result, rain will go into streams and rivers, adding to the possibility of flooding.

Tonight’s low will drop to 35, with an additional quarter inch of rain possible, according to the National Weather Service.

Snow will be possible on Sunday morning, followed by a chance of rain showers throughout the day. Sunday’s high will be in the lower 40s, and the low will drop to 29 on Sunday night with partly cloudy skies.

Clark said the lows throughout the weekend are expected to stay above freezing, and he does not expect there to be any widespread ice due to the rain.

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