It’s March and despite a good deal of sunshine, it is still feeling like the middle of winter. The cold temperatures have allowed ice to reform on the Connecticut River near Brunelle’s Marina in South Hadley.
When that ice starts melting river flooding could be a concern. “Once it starts melting everything comes down the river and it all depends on how quickly it warms up. That’s when we see a lot of the banks overflow with water,” said James Brunelle from Brunelle’s Marina in South Hadley.
NOAA’s spring flood potential outlook is above normal across New England. The snowpack that we have here in western Massachusetts and to our north along with saturated soil are all contributing factors in increasing our flood potential.
Most river levels are around normal but with rain and milder temperatures in the forecast we could see an increase in the possibility of flooding along area rivers over the next couple of weeks.
The threat for ice jam flooding is near normal but we’re not expected to see anything like the ice jams we had last winter.
The next flood outlook will be issued later this month.