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Snowpack may help prevent flooding this time

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Rain and warmth are in the forecast, but should we be concerned with flooding? Probably not this time around.

Temperatures are not expected to be warm for a long enough period of time to create a lot of ice movement, with a minimal threat for ice jams.

Experts at the National Weather Service office in Burlington tells us the snowpack will work in our favor, for now.

"The snowpack we have out there right now is pretty fluffy, so we have to ripen the snow is what we call it, where it warms up, condenses and gets ready to melt. The snow is not ripe yet and it will absorb the liquid rain we get," said Greg Hanson of the National Weather Service in Burlington.

Looking ahead toward spring, our flood threat is currently average. But if we see any persistent heavy rains, the threat for flooding will increase. In the meantime, if you live in an ice-jam prone region, it's advised to keep a close eye out, especially during times of rain and warmth.

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