Trout fishing season opened on Monday. As is often the norm in the northern Adirondacks, wintery conducts persisted so there was very little open water for anglers.
Highway crews removed ice from the East Branch of the Ausable River this winter to clear a channel, hoping to prevent ice jams. The ice now lines the river along state Route 9N. Here’s a video that shows how much ice was removed.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch until Saturday evening for northern New York due to rising temperatures and rains that are causing a significant snowmelt. The combination of those factors can cause the break up of river ice, leading to ice jams and flooding.
Last week, New York State sent personnel to the village of Saranac Lake to help control flooding from the Saranac River and other waterways. Above are photos of high water on Lake Flower and Saranac River in Saranac Lake. Here is a link to a news release that we received May 3.
Heavy rains and melting snow in the mountains caused ice to break up on the east, west, and main branches of the Ausable River today. Moving downstream, the ice became jammed in sections of the Ausable rivers near Lake Placid, Jay, and Ausable Forks. The jams resulted in flooding that closed several roads. Drastically changing weather patterns are forecasted for the next several days. Temperatures were in the 50 degree range today, but the forecast is calling for temperatures to drop to about negative 20 degrees over the weekend. Heavy snows are also expected tonight. View images of snowy mountains >>More
Here are some photos that I took in mid-April along the Saranac River. The photos were taken from a few miles downstream of the village of Saranac Lake to Union Falls Dam. This past winter the northern Adirondacks received a significant amount of snow, much of it in mid-March during a storm that dumped more than three feet of snow in places. As a result, spring runoff was strong this year, causing rivers to swell. This was particularly evident at Union Falls Dam, which is pictured above.