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Northernmost Maine Braces For Potential Flooding

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William J. Kole
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Curious onlookers gather in Sagamore Beach, Mass., to photograph heavy surf on Cape Cod Bay during the midday high tide on Saturday, March 3, 2018.

The landscape of northernmost Maine is primed for possible flooding early this week.

A snow pack of 15-30 inches is estimated to contain at least five inches of water. And Priscilla Farrar, a lead forecaster with the National Weather Service in Caribou, says Monday's weather will add more.

"We've got light rain that's going to start spreading into the area Monday morning. Temperatures are going to warm into the 40s and then up around 50 on Monday and probably not cool off until Tuesday night."

The rain and snow melt could combine to cause the St. John, Aroostook and Big Black rivers to overflow their banks by mid-week. But Farrar points out ice on all three rivers could jam, causing a much quicker rise in the water level. She advises people in the area to keep an ear on weather alerts during the next couple of days.