On the heels of near-record snowfall in December and the swirling Polar Vortex that greeted us at the New Year comes a major January thaw.

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Be prepared for heavy rain and melting snow Saturday night into Sunday morning.  Forecasters say we could get between 1 and 2 inches of rain. Temperatures across northern Maine and western New Brunswick are expected to be around 40°F/+4C overnight Saturday.

The National Weather Service office in Caribou says the melting snow and rain will cause rising river levels. Ice jams are a concern from into the day on Monday.

A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. Officials are urging people who live in areas prone to flooding to be prepared to take action should flooding develop.