Brief Warm-up Brings Flood Fears

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February 18, 2014 AT 10:28 PM
The warm-up this week across much of the nation will bring a welcome break from the harsh winter cold. However, the mild air and some heavy rain, coupled with the thick blanket of snow will also bring the potential for river floods, ice jams, roof collapses and black ice at night. High temperatures are forecast to be in the 40s this week from the Upper Midwest to New England. On Tuesday, Chicago hit 46 degrees, the first time in five weeks the city had reached 40 degrees or higher, according to the National Weather Service. Due to the warming temperatures and predicted rainfall, some states could see some minor to possibly moderate flooding.