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Officials Warn Of Icy Roads, Flooding



Friday, January 12, 2018

Several Upper Valley roads were closed after Friday’s rain and warm weather melted snow and ice, leading to flooding along riverbanks.

Road conditions are expected to be poor this morning as temperatures continue to drop, and officials urged caution while driving as ice is likely.

A wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow showers are expected across the Upper Valley into this afternoon.

Route 14 near Tigertown Road in Hartford was shut down for more than an hour on Friday night due to an ice jam and a tree blocking one of the lanes, according to the Hartford Emergency Communications Center’s Facebook page. The road was reopened around 10:15 p.m. after the Vermont Agency of Transportation removed the tree blocking the roadway.

The Thetford Volunteer Fire Department reported it was working to mitigate flooding due to frozen and blocked culverts on Friday night.

The Springfield, Vt., Police Department encouraged drivers to be mindful of standing water around potentially blocked storm drains on paved roads. They also noted the rain had caused any snow remaining on dirt roads to become a layer of ice and urged extreme caution on those roadways this morning because the rain was washing away any salt.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued several weather warnings across the Upper Valley and beyond. NOAA said streams and rivers would continue to run high with the possibility of ice jams remaining at least through early this morning.

“Icy road conditions are expected, especially during the morning hours on Saturday. Plan for very slow travel. ... Isolated power outages are also possible. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities,” the NOAA warning reads.

Fog also caused difficult driving conditions on Friday into this morning. NOAA’s dense fog advisory, which stated visibility was down to a quarter mile or less in some areas, was set to expire at 5 a.m. this morning. The Springfield police joked on their Facebook page that the “fog is thicker than New England Clam Chowda.”