A January thaw, that's quite common. In fact, it's quite welcome. Emergency management officials say it's highly unlikely this thaw will bring any major flooding along with it.
As the fog crept into the region Thursday night and through the day Friday, it combined with the rain to shrink once mighty snowbanks.
"We're really not anticipating any major ice jams or ice break-ups or ice-thaw like that, on smaller streams or brooks that might happen," said Michelle Tanguay, Penobscot County Emergency Management Agency director.
Still, emergency management officials throughout the state will monitor flood-prone waters.
"We will be watching for ice jams. You know, because we'll probably see some ice movement. And when the temperature drops again then we'll see some freezing," said Susan Faloon, spokesperson for the Maine Emergency Management
Whether rivers, streams or brooks overflow, with the return to freezing temperatures, people should take some precautions.
Tanguay said, "Make sure you have dirt, or sand, or salt for your walks and your driveways. Make sure everything is shoveled off as best you can."
Milford's public works department spent Friday opening fire hydrants, insuring they were drained before the temperatures dropped.
"So we opened up all our drains yesterday, so we shouldn't have a problem with water," said Alton Huston, a member of the Milford Public Works Department..
With all the rain that's forecast fishermen are being advised to check the Maine Department of Marine Resources website for areas potentially closed by flooding.