Weather Service warns of floods in Vt. and NY

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) – The National Weather Service is warning of an
increased threat of spring flooding in Vermont because of the continued cold
temperatures that has kept the deep snow from melting.

In its regular spring flooding outlook released Thursday, the weather
service says there are above average amounts of snow on the ground in much of
Vermont and northern New York. At the same time, the region's rivers and
streams remain frozen.

As the inevitable spring melt is delayed, it increases the likelihood that
heavy spring rains and warm weather will melt the snow, potentially causing
floods that could be worsened by the still-frozen rivers.

The immediate forecast is for continued temperatures below normal, but the
longer the spring melt is delayed the greater the probability of heavy rain and
warm temperatures.

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