Cold front arrives: Heavy rain, gusty winds possible

A tornado watch has ended for the Tri-State.
A tornado watch has ended for the Tri-State.(FOX19 NOW)
Published: Dec. 9, 2021 at 8:23 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 11, 2021 at 6:54 AM EST
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - A cold front is moving into the Tri-State right now.

Heavy downpours and gusty winds topping 40 mph or more are possible through the afternoon, says FOX19 NOW Meteorologist Frank Marzullo.

An isolated strong to severe storm or two will be possible until noon.

Temperatures are about to noticeably start free-falling from the 60s into the 30s.

The low will bottom out tonight in the upper 20s.

A Tornado Watch in effect overnight for the Tri-State ended at 6 a.m.

Tornado warnings were issued early Saturday in three northern Kentucky counties: Bracken, Mason and Roberston counties.

But so far, no tornadoes have been confirmed, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

Widespread storm damage did not occur and is not expected to be reported Saturday once there is more daylight, said meteorologist Nate McGinnis.

Winds, however, were clocked between 40 and 52 mph as rain and some thunderstorms crossed the region overnight, he said, so they are expecting more scattered reports of wind damage.

The only reports they have so far are a few trees in Brown County: on Main Street in Mt. Orab and over on Ohio 125 at the intersection of Blackshire Road, McGinnis said.

“We’ll see what else comes over the day once we start to get more daylight,” he said.

“It’s hard to tell the scope of the damage. We didn’t see any really strong storms. We may see some tree damage with the winds we observed but we’ll just have to wait and see.”

Winds peaked overnight at 52 in Wilmington at 3:04 a.m.; 48 mph in Dayton at 2:28 a.m.; 46 mph in Vevay in southeastern Indiana at 2:05 a.m.; 44 mph at the airport in Middletown at 2:35 a.m.; 39 mph in Lebanon at 2:39 a.m.; 40 mph at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati’s East End at 2:42 a.m.; 41 mph at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Hebron at 4:52 a.m.

While the Tri-State was spared, other parts of the country were not so lucky.

Several tornadoes were reported in five states, including western Kentucky, where Gov. Andy Beshear declared a state of emergency early Saturday due to major tornado damage in multiple counties.

The governor activated the Kentucky National Guard and Kentucky State Police hours before dawn.

At least 50 people are dead in storms considered “the most severe tornado event in Kentucky’s history, the governor said.

“We believe our death toll from this event will exceed 50 Kentuckians, probably end up closer to 70 to 100 lost lives,” Beshear said in a briefing Saturday.

Temperatures will return to more normal for this time of year by Saturday night. The low at daybreak Sunday will fall to 28 degrees.

Sunday’s high will be in the mid-40s under sunny skies.

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