Staying dry for now, rain returns this weekend

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - We are all quiet for now with dry skies and temperatures in the mid 30’s as you step out Thursday morning. Look for a sun and cloud mix this afternoon with a high of 46 degrees.

We do not stay dry for long as rain returns late Friday night and will continue, heavy at times, through Sunday morning.

NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center says that for the 24-hour period from 7 a.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday there is the risk of heavy-to-severe thunderstorms from Cincinnati southwestward to eastern Texas.

The chance is only small but this system is worth watching especially Saturday afternoon and evening as a vigorous cold front approaches from the west.

In addition, rainfall around Cincinnati could total 3-inches in spots over the weekend and bring more short-term, small-scale flooding. Out ahead of this front temperatures will reach 59 degrees on Saturday and then drop back into the 40’s on Sunday.

Because rainfall will be heavy over a large area upstream from here that drains into the Ohio River, it is again on the rise. Flood stage in Cincinnati is 52’ and the Ohio River Forecast Center says the Ohio will be within a foot of flood stage from Sunday at least into late Monday and maybe longer.

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