Ohio River to fall, but then rise again

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(FOX19) - New measurements from the National Weather Service show the Ohio River at Cincinnati will fall into Wednesday afternoon, but then rise again.

FOX19 Meteorologists Frank Marzullo and Katy Morgan say we will see a break from the rain Tuesday afternoon, but an area of low pressure will move in later Tuesday night, bringing more rain early Wednesday morning. Strong storms and heavy pockets of rain are possible.

The National Weather Service reported the river in Cincinnati at 55.22 feet Tuesday afternoon after rising Monday to 55.33 feet.

The river should fall to 53 feet by Wednesday afternoon, but then with the predicted rain in the forecast, rise again to 55.7 feet on Thursday afternoon.

The river is not expected to go below flood stage of 52 feet until Saturday afternoon.

NWS predicts the Great Miami River at Miamitown to lower to 14.8 feet Wednesday morning, but then rise to 23.5 feet by Thursday afternoon. Anything between 24 and 30 feet is considered moderate flooding. Flood stage is 16 feet.

The Great Miami at Middletown is expected to crest Thursday afternoon at 12.5 feet, just above flood stage of 12 feet.

The Licking River at Falmouth is also falling, but is expected to rise again Wednesday afternoon. It crested at 31.47 feet Sunday afternoon, and was measured at 24.3 feet Tuesday morning. It's expected to drop to 16.2 feet, but rise again to 29.9 feet by Wednesday night. Flood stage is 33 feet.

Wednesday's forecasted rain could help break the record for the wettest month on record in Cincinnati.

With the 11.91 inches of rain we've already had this month, April 2011 is so-far the third wettest month on record. The rain on Wednesday morning could push us above the record 13.68 inch mark that was set in January 1937.

Flood warnings and advisories remain in effect for most of the Tri-State.

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