Mother Nature:?Now let’s try a few ice jams

Ice jams are possible throughout the region this weekend as runoff from rain and melting snow may raise river levels, according to the National Weather Service.

Dan Stahl, director of Seneca County’s Emergency Management Agency, said officials are keeping an eye on the Sandusky River and have been in contact with the NWS. Rivers in the region have reported ice thickness of more than four inches, which is a sufficient amount of ice to cause a jam, according to the NWS.

“It’s more of an awareness thing right now,” Stahl said. “There is a chance of some ice problems depending on how much rain we get and the temperatures.”

Temperatures are expected to go from warm to cold to warm again in the coming week, according to the NWS.

Stahl said if an ice jam does occur, it could cause a back-up in the river’s flow.

“I don’t know that they’re really anticipating it for the Sandusky River, but we’ll keep an eye on it.”