Ohio River cresting in Cincinnati

Ohio River on verge of cresting

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The rising Ohio River is cresting at moderate flood stage in Cincinnati Thursday.

The river rose to 56.77 feet at 9:45 a.m. and now is at 56.76 feet, but it is expected to go up a tiny bit more in the next few hours, according to the latest reading from the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

The river was expected to crest at 56.5 feet.

A flood warning remains in effect for the Ohio River at Cincinnati until Saturday night.

The Ohio River has not been this high in Cincinnati in more than two years, since February 2019, when it rose to 55.46 feet, according to the weather service.

The river also will crest or already has at:

  • Meldahl Dam: 54.1′ early Thursday. Flood stage is 51 feet.
  • Maysville: 54.6 feet Wednesday night. Flood stage is 50 feet.
  • Markland Dam: 51.3′ feet early Friday. Flood stage is 51 feet.

Once the river crests, it is expected to begin to go down later Thursday and then fall below moderate flooding levels, according to the weather service.

It will continue to recede, fall below minor flood stage by Saturday afternoon, and keep falling Sunday and into next week.

Sunny skies will return Thursday with highs in the 50s after a morning low near 30 degrees, says FOX19 NOW meteorologist Frank Marzullo.

The weather will remain dry and cool to chilly through the weekend with plenty of sunshine and highs in the mid 40s.

We are in for a nice warming trend with temperatures in the upper 50s and low 60s starting Monday.

Late next week, a wet and mild weather pattern will develop with showers possible for several days in a row into the following week.

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