Though temperatures could climb above 60 degrees in some parts of the region this weekend, melting snow should not be a cause of alarm for residents, according to the National Weather Service.
Aaron Tyburski, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College, said rivers will likely rise as the snow melts, and some rainfall moves into the area.
"For right now, it appears that, while they'll rise, they won't go into a widespread flooding," Tyburski said.
The temperature spike, especially on Sunday, is about 30 degrees above average for this time of year, he said.
Tyburski said Blair County can expect to see about an inch of rain over the weekend, which should melt most of the remaining snow.
Most of the storm system moving in Pennsylvania will stay to the northwest, he said.
PennDOT Spokeswoman Tara Callahan-Henry said District 9, which covers Blair, Bedford, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset counties, has "a handful" of roads that are susceptible to flooding, but PennDOT is not planning for any major flooding issues.
She said the departments 24-hour dispatchers will be prepared for any emergencies over the weekend, though.
"We have our dispatchers on call," Callahan-Henry said, "and if something does get flooded, they will go out."
For residents who know they live near streams or rivers that can flood in similar weather, FEMA recommends that basements and garages be protected with waterproofing compounds and that families prepare for possible damage by keeping an emergency kit.
Callahan-Henry also urged drivers who will be out over the weekend in the rain to ensure that the car's headlights are turned on at all times when the windshield wipers are in use. She also said drivers should be mindful of stopping distance from other vehicles, as it is dangerous to slam on the brakes on wet roads.
For more information on how to prepare for a potential flood, visit www.ready.gov/floods.
Mirror Staff Writer Paige Minemyer is at 946-7535.