Flood threat looms for New York
Flood warnings were in effect for parts of New York today, with temperatures heating up as the region dug out from a massive storm that dumped seven feet of snow on the Buffalo area and killed at least 13 people.
Temperatures were expected to climb through the Midwest, Great Lakes and Northeast, with some areas seeing highs in the 60s.
Forecasters today warned of the potential for roof collapses and predicted floods as the rising temperatures began to melt walls of snow.
With roughly the equivalent of six inches of rain tied up in the snowpack, the National Weather Service issued a flood watch for today through Wednesday for parts of New York, according to The Associated Press.
Weather Service meteorologist Jon Hitchcock told the AP there might be trouble with drainage as snow and uncollected autumn leaves block catch basins.
Meanwhile, severe thunderstorms in Texas and parts of the southeast are expected, with the possibility of damaging winds, large hail and even a few tornadoes, according to The Weather Channel.
The respite from cold air will be brief for the eastern U.S. After a few warmer days, the National Weather Service said that “a return to reality” will come by mid-week in the form of much colder temperatures. (NBC)