CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Ohio River is close to flood stage now for the Cincinnati pool. Flood stage in Cincinnati is 52 feet above a reference level, or datum, which is 428.23 feet above sea level. At flood stage the surface of the Ohio River is 480.23 feet above sea level when you smooth out the undulations.
A moderate flood occurs when the river stage reaches 56 feet -- 65 feet and higher is a major flood. The river is forecast to crest tonight at 56.3 feet, just barely a moderate flood and below the crest of 60.53 feet on Feb. 26, 2018.
The highest recorded Ohio River flood crest occurred Jan. 26, 1937 at 80 feet.
Rain will be heavy at times overnight and on Tuesday, especially for the morning commute. Rain will taper off a bit heading into the afternoon but as the front arrives the rain will pick up again for the evening commute.
As cold air arrives winds will pick up, gusting to 40 and 45 mph, and rain will change to light, scattered snow showers tomorrow evening. Little or no accumulation is in the forecast but we cannot rule out isolated icy patches into Wednesday morning.