CONCORD, N.H. — Northern New England got a brief reprieve from snow and frigid temperatures, but wind, water, ice and fog created plenty of weather woes across the region on Saturday.
The National Weather Service reported moderate flooding from the Winooski River in Essex Junction, Vermont, and minor flooding in a half dozen other locations, including the Pemigwasset River in Plymouth, New Hampshire. A parking lot at Plymouth State University flooded, but no cars were affected.
In Vermont, the American Red Cross opened shelters in Swanton and Johnson for people who had evacuated their homes due to flooding, but closed them Saturday night after officials said people had found places to stay for the night.
Ice jams — when chunks of ice build up to form dams across rivers — were reported in the Saco River in Conway, the Sugar River in Claremont and Connecticut River in Stratford, according to WMUR-TV.
In Maine, authorities said speed and fog contributed to a crash that killed a man in Lebanon early Saturday. Meanwhile, Emera Maine officials warned drivers to be careful approaching utility vehicles and crews making repairs along roadsides. The utility said about 2,500 homes and businesses, mostly in Hancock County were without power early Saturday following heavy wind the previous day. But by afternoon that number had dropped by about half.
The flooding and other problems followed several weeks marked by heavy snow and bitter cold. The summit of Mount Washington in New Hampshire set a daily record low of minus 38 degrees (minus 39 Celsius) on Jan. 6. On Friday, it recorded a daily record high of 44 degrees (7 Celsius), a swing of 82 degrees in less than a week.
The cold is expected to return Saturday night into Sunday.