GRAY, Maine — Springlike temperatures and weather are finally predicted to roll into the state later this week.
But the combination of warm weather and predicted rain also may produce ice jams, according to the National Weather Service.
A warm front is expected to arrive on Wednesday night in Maine, bringing some patchy freezing rain or drizzle for areas that remain below freezing, the weather service said. Precipitation amounts are expected to be light.
The much warmer air will allow for more than 24 hours of above-freezing temperatures for some locations, which if combined with rainfall on Thursday could lead to ice breakups on area rivers. Ice jam flooding is a possibility, forecasters said.
“It doesn’t look bad as far as flooding,” Chris Legro, a forecaster at the weather service’s Gray office, said Tuesday morning.
High temperatures are expected to reach into the low 40s on Wednesday, ending a cold snap that has kept temperatures below freezing throughout the week.
Temperatures are expected to climb well into the 40s on Thursday and rain is expected, Legro said.
In a hazardous weather outlook statement, forecasters said areas expected to be affected by the mix include Oxford, Franklin, Somerset, York, Cumberland, Waldo, Sagadahoc, Androscoggin, Lincoln and Knox counties.
Bangor Daily News writer Dawn Gagnon contributed to this report.