Flood Watch in effect through Sunday night
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CLEVELAND OH 401 AM EST SAT DEC 21 2013
…SIGNIFICANT FLOODING A CONCERN FOR THIS WEEKEND…
HEAVY RAINFALL IN ADDITION TO SNOW MELT WILL PROVIDE THE INGREDIENTS FOR SIGNIFICANT FLOOD POTENTIAL THIS WEEKEND. Most of the snow will melt by early in the weekend but the snow melt will act to saturate or nearly saturate the soil. The rain will be heavy at times today and tonight as low pressure tracks across the lower Great Lakes. Rapid water rises are possible by late Saturday and Sunday. Flooding is possible over a large area. Some area rivers may experience moderate to major flooding. The heavier rain will exit on Sunday but the flood threat remains as runoff will still be contributing to rises on area rivers.
401 AM EST SAT DEC 21 2013
…FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON…
THE FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR
* PORTIONS OF OHIO AND NORTHWEST PENNSYLVANIA… INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS…IN OHIO… Ashland… Ashtabula inland… Ashtabula lakeshore… CRAWFORD… Cuyahoga… Erie Oh… Geauga… Hancock… Holmes… Huron… KNOX… Lake… Lorain… Lucas… Mahoning… MARION… Medina… MORROW… Ottawa… Portage… RICHLAND… Sandusky… Seneca… Stark… Summit… Trumbull… Wayne… Wood and Wyandot.
THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON:
* EXCESSIVE RAINFALL COMBINED WITH SNOW MELT WILL PRODUCE A FLOOD THREAT THIS WEEKEND. RAINFALL AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE AROUND 2 INCHES OVER MUCH OF THE AREA WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS.
The heaviest rainfall…up to 4 inches…will likely be near and south of a line from findlay to medina to meadville. The heaviest rain will fall late this afternoon through sunday morning. The ground will be saturated by that time from rain and snow melt and rapid rises of water will be possible.
* Flooding along streams and low lying areas may cause the closure of some roads and cause yard and field flooding. Area rivers may exceed flood stage…with some reaching moderate or possibly major flood levels.
A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop. Stay tuned to weather radio for further details or updates.
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