Sun, mild weather offers new headache - WNEM TV 5

Sun, mild weather offers new headache

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Flooding at a home in Bay County's Hampton Township in 2013. Flooding at a home in Bay County's Hampton Township in 2013.
Scene of flooding in Bay County's Monitor Township. August, 2012. Scene of flooding in Bay County's Monitor Township. August, 2012.
SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Blue skies and mild temperatures are luring people outside after weeks of subfreezing weather and snow.

But there are signs -- melting snow, growing puddles -- that Mother Nature is about to unleash a whole new headache: flooding.

Weeks of subfreezing weather gave way and brought temperatures into the 40s and 50s in some areas. And with more snow and even rain in the immediate forecast, many cities are bracing for flooding, roof collapses and clogged storm drains.

TV5 Meteorologist Lauren Fahrenkrug says snow and freezing rain is moving into Mid-Michigan and that will change into rain by the afternoon. The rain and even a rumble of thunder will continue tonight, before changing into snow by Friday morning.

Expect areas of fog as well.

A trace - 2" of snow will be possible, along with .1-.25" of ice, and rain up to .5". Winter weather advisories will be in effect. High wind watches will go into effect Thursday evening.

A High Wind Watch is in effect for Bay, Genesee, Huron, Midland, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee and Tuscola counties until Thursday evening.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Alcona, Arenac, Bay, Genesee, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Iosco, Isabella, Midland, Ogemaw, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee and Tuscola counties until Thursday evening as well.

Temperatures will be near the freezing mark over most of the early part of the weekend. Temps are expected to drop by Sunday, meaning wet roads and sidewalks will likely freeze.

Utility companies are preparing for the storm. Officials say ice and high winds could lead to widespread outages most companies have additional crews on stand-by.

They're reminding residents to charge all your electronic devices and to have fresh water and food on hand.

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