BANGOR, Maine — While Saturday’s freezing rain caused streets and roads to become so slippery that the Maine Department of Public Safety warned drivers that conditions everywhere were “extremely” dangerous, a warm spell later in the day began to melt away much of the ice and snow that has been plaguing weather-fatigued Mainers since Dec. 21.
But the weekend’s rain and higher temperatures also have put parts of the state — namely central, coastal and southern areas — under a flood watch, according to the National Weather Service.
The weather service reported that rainfall Saturday and early Sunday morning ranged from 1 to 2 inches. That, combined with mild temperatures that melted snow, could cause rising river levels, which in turn could cause ice to move and possibly jam.
On Sunday, the weather service’s Gray office said the flood watch remains in effect through 7 p.m. Sunday for parts of western Maine, specifically Androscoggin County; central and southern Somerset County; coastal and interior Cumberland, Waldo and York counties; and Kennebec, Knox, Oxford, Lincoln, Franklin and Sagadahoc counties.
The weather service’s Caribou office said a flood watch remains in effect through Monday morning for central and southern Piscataquis County, central and southern Penobscot County, interior and coastal Hancock County, and northern, coastal and central Washington County.
At least one ice jam had been reported as of 5 p.m.
According to the Maine Department of Transportation, an ice jam on the Saco River resulted in temporary closure of the Western Bridge on Route 113, also known as River Road, in Fryeburg. The ice jam there cause water to flow over the bridge.
Mainers who live in areas prone to flooding should monitor weather forecasts for flood warnings and be ready to take action should flooding develop, the weather service recommended.