Watch this unsuspecting river quickly turn into a chaotic mess of ice chunks

After a monster “bomb cyclone” and frigid Arctic blasts that set some new records on the US East Coast, temperatures have been a bit more merciful this week. And that’s setting the stage for some pretty cool phenomena — like this ice jam on the Ausable River in Au Sable Forks, located in upstate New York.

In a time lapse video posted on Twitter by the National Weather Service office in Burlington, Vermont, you can see the frozen river very quickly rise up, and then break up into chunks almost out of the blue. The chaotic mess of ice and tree branches then flows downstream, bringing the river level back down. The whole video condenses three hours of footage, taken today by a NWS webcam that runs 24/7.

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