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Heavy rain and mild temperatures heighten flooding concerns!

13 January 2018

A storm system will move out of the Deep South on Friday and it will pass near or through Southern New England Saturday morning.

According to the weather service, the average high temperature for January 11 is just 31 degrees.

Winter weather warnings and advisories were in place Friday all the way from northern MS to northern Maine.

Winds at times could be damaging. Highs will be in the mid-teens to around 20 all four days. Slush has been reported on Interstate-24 and traffic has been reported moving slowly. That agency predicts a high of 36 on Saturday, although a wintry mix is still in the picture. After weeks of below-freezing temperatures, most of the East coast warmed to above average this week, with almost two dozen high temperature records possibly set Friday afternoon.

Temperatures will fall to around 23 degrees by 5 p.m.

The system will move out of the region by Friday evening.

Places such as Little Rock, Arkansas, have already experienced this change. Freezing rain and sleet, possibly mixed with snow will occur later in the morning, followed by snow primarily mixed with freezing the afternoon.

After wildfires, California is facing heavy rains and mudslides
Officials said Tuesday, Jan.9, that 13 people died and 25 people were injured in the mudslides around Santa Barbara . The man and his wife had to crawl out of a window on their roof at 3am when the mud hit their home.

Are we getting ready to have a big ice snow storm, or is it all going to blow out with the wind?

It's those details that will help determine what type and how much precipitation we can expect in central in - and whether we can expect less than an inch or a few inches of snow and where. New rainfall amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible. Blowing and drifting snow is expected. But as the front passes through, a wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow will be possible.

Thursday, today: Showers likely, cloudy, with a high near 59 degrees.

It was the deep freeze during the last week of the month that really lowered the average temperature to levels far below normal.

INDOT officials advise motorists to leave early, drive slowly and be on constant alert for icy patches and black ice on roadways.

The mercury could fall as low as 14 degrees overnight, the weather service said. Those areas are expected to see snow, sleet and freezing rain. The rain may remain watery but bitterly cold as it falls on West Virginia, Pennsylvania, central and upstate NY to northern New England. Green indicates flood watches; those areas are also under winter weather advisories.

Heavy rain and mild temperatures heighten flooding concerns!