The warm temperatures are causing some ice jams in Oneida, Herkimer, Otsego, and many other areas in Central New York. The National Weather Service says Utica, Rome, and Syracuse will experience flooding.

The Oneida County Department of Emergency Services is urging residents in the Village of Whitesboro near the Sauquoit Creek to evacuate due to possible flooding

The latest winter storm is currently bringing us very warm temperatures with heavy rain which will turn to snow as colder air moves into the area. Some locations can expect 9 plus inches of snow that will be heavy and wet. We could experience power outages and travel will be difficult.

Thank you to Lilly Autumn for the video of Steele Creek in Ilion

The frigid temperatures we had last week have caused rivers and streams in CNY  to accumulate a thick ice cover and it is creating flooding due to ice jams. Ice jams are created when rapid freezing or breakup and collection of ice during melting creates
dams on rivers and streams. The ice jams can cause flooding above the frozen dam, or flash floods if the ice jam breaks up and releases the water trapped above the dam.

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Get up to information on power outages throughout Central New York; where it’s out and when it’ll be restored with National Grid’s Power Outage Map.

National Grid also offers text alerts on the latest efforts to restore power.

To receive free text message alerts and updates, text the word STORM to NGRID (64743). E-mail alerts are available to customers who create an online profile on the company’s website. All alert services can be started and stopped at the customer’s request.

You can even report power outages or get the latest information at National Grid’s website.

Power Outage Preparation:

*Keep your cell phone charged and make sure you know where your backup power supply is.
*Make sure all your flashlights have fresh batteries.
*Fill your gas tank. You can use your car to keep warm and recharge devices.
*Have some food available that you don’t need to cook.
* Download the  App. You’ll receive local alerts, weather reports and more with push notification.

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