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January 7, 2014

Dangers rise as cold returns

MALONE — Residents are watching for ice and snow sliding off roofs, rising water and downed wires as roller-coaster-weather conditions again grip the North Country.

National Weather Service officials are calling for a blustery day Tuesday, with temperatures only in the teens, after having reached the 40s on Monday.

Wind gusts are expected at 40 mph, which will drop the wind chill to more than 20 degrees below zero. The low could be about 5 above zero overnight with a high near 20 and a low of 5 to 10 degrees for Wednesday and into Thursday.

Forecasters say there is a 30 percent chance of snow on Friday, with the high temperature about 30 and the low around 20.

WARNINGS

AccuWeather.com warns that the arctic blast "will bring the risk of frostbite and hypothermia to those not property dressed. It will also bring the potential for dead car batteries, frozen pipes and power outages.

"In some areas, moisture left behind from recent rainfall may not only cause car doors to freeze shut but could produce patches of black ice on untreated roads and sidewalks."

At 4:17 p.m. Monday, the National Weather Service in Burlington issued a flash-flood warning for north-central Essex County and south-central Clinton County after the East Branch of the Ausable River leaped above its 7.6-foot flood stage.

Minor flooding of Route 9N and along the river in AuSable Forks was expected, according to the warning, which was set to expire at 10:15 p.m.

An ice jam earlier in the day had formed then broke apart on its own, according to Clinton County Dispatch.

AuSable Forks Volunteer Fire Department was keeping an eye on the situation there.

ICE DAMAGE

For a second weekend, chimneys were damaged in Clinton and Franklin counties when sheets of ice broke loose from metal roofs and smashed into them.

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