Weather forecasters now warn of flooding as the snow melts in the north-east of the US.
Officials in New York state are worried some buildings may collapse when the rain arrives. The storms are blamed for at least 13 deaths in the area.
The state remains paralyzed by “historic” levels of snowfall.
The city of Buffalo was estimated to have received as much snow in three days as it normally gets in a year.
In parts of the city the snow was estimated to be as much as 8ft deep. Some areas received a further 3ft earlier this week.
The deaths of at least 13 people have been linked to the storms, mostly from exposure and heart attacks. Some of those who died were shoveling snow.
Weather forecasters have predicted light rain to begin over the weekend alongside warmer temperatures.
Officials in the Buffalo area of New York state have warned that the major concern now is the threat of roof collapses.
More than 30 collapses in the area have already been reported.
New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo said boats, pumps, sand bags and other equipment had been moved to western parts of the state to deal with potential emergencies.
He said: “If the temperature goes up as quickly as they are forecasting, there is a potential for building collapses, significant flooding.”
He added: “We don’t have a crystal ball. We can’t say exactly whether there will be a flooding problem. We can’t say what kind of structure collapses we’re going to have. But we anticipate both to some extent.
“Flooding can be terrible. I mean really terrible. Flooding can be worse than the snow.”
With many roads still impassable, sporting fixtures have either been postponed or cancelled.
A flood warning remains in effect in the counties of Erie, including the city of Buffalo, Genessee, Wyoming, Chatauqua and Cattaraugus, the National Weather Service said.
Liz Cheney has decided to drop out of the Senate primary after her bid to unseat Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi sparked a round of warfare in the Republican Party and even within her own family.
The official announcement from Liz Cheney – the eldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney – could come as early as Monday.
Liz Cheney’s election bid in the deeply conservative state was controversial from the outset.
Liz Cheney has decided to drop out of the Senate primary after her bid to unseat Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi sparked a round of warfare in the Republican Party and even within her own family
Her Wyoming credentials were challenged in spite of her family’s deep roots in the state, because she spent much of her youth and adult life in Virginia.
Last summer, Liz Cheney committed an embarrassing political gaffe in a state where hunting and fishing are taken very seriously by mistakenly buying the wrong fishing license after living in Wyoming for just a few months.
Another scandal erupted when Liz Cheney’s sister, Mary Cheney, and her wife, Heather Poe, took to social media to blast the elder sister for her continued opposition to gay marriage.