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First Alert Weather: Rainy start to New Year, flooding possible

Published: Dec. 31, 2021 at 5:17 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 1, 2022 at 11:44 AM EST
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - Widespread and heavy rain will move in after midnight early New Year’s Day for a rain-soaked start to 2022.

That makes Friday night and Saturday a FOX19 NOW First Alert Weather Day.

As much as 2-3″ of rain is possible this weekend, says FOX19 NOW Meteorologist Ashley Smith.

Showers will continue through New Year’s Day.

The heaviest rain and thunderstorms are expected through most of the morning.

Flooding is a risk for our southernmost counties.

A Flood Watch is in effect until 1 a.m. Sunday for several counties in the Tri-State area.

The Storm Prediction Center has the Tri-State in a marginal threat for severe storms, which means there’s a chance for damaging winds and hail.

An isolated tornado is unlikely, but there is a threat for tornadoes in our southernmost counties.

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A First Alert Weather Day has been issued for Friday and Saturday.
A First Alert Weather Day has been issued for Friday and Saturday.(WXIX)

Then, temperatures will plunge from the 60s Friday and Saturday into the 30s by Sunday morning.

Frigid wind chills will make it feel like the 20s and teens.

Looking ahead to next week, snow is in the forecast by Thursday.

Be sure to stay up to date with the weather forecast in your area by downloading the free FOX19 First Alert Weather app.

To download, use the camera on your phone or tablet and hold it up to the QR code pictured below or click here.

The FOX19 First Alert Weather App is available for free in the app store.
The FOX19 First Alert Weather App is available for free in the app store.(WXIX)

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