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Weather ‘roller coaster’ brings ice jam on Kankakee River and potential weekend snow drifting to the Chicago area

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Ice jams are created when rain and melting snow cause layers of ice on the river to rise, break and jam the water like a dam, Damron said. Yesterday’s jam, which started about 6 a.m. or 7 a.m. and broke about 5 p.m., elevated the water level to 10 feet, almost three times its typical summer level, he added.

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