Hello spring, but watch out for melting snow and ice jams
David Moore March 20, 2014 | WGVU Fact one: it’s a relief to
see that dirty snow melting away like the wicked witch of the west.Fact two: ice and snow has a nasty habit of
turning into water, which can carry its own curse.
We all recall last year’s record flooding
that innundated downtown buildings along the river’s edge.Can it happen again?
Jared Maples of the National Weather Service
office at Gerald R. Ford Airport says it’s possible, but there was one major difference-it
wasn’t just about ice jams and melting snow.
Maples says "Last year we got into April
and we were seeing several days where we were getting rainfall well over an inch
on several days.The heaviest rain was
3.3 inches.Putting that together over
the course of one month and we got nearly a foot of rainfall.”
The Grand River has flood
watches or advisories for a number of West Michigan points in Kent, Ottawa and Ionia
counties, as well as the Thornapple in Barry county.
Stay tuned to WGVU for weather updates
throughout the day.
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