First Alert Weather Day: Heavy rains into Thursday evening
CINCINNATI (WXIX) - A front is bringing heavy rain and isolated strong to severe storms with damaging winds possible Thursday, making it a FOX19 NOW First Alert Weather Day.
A tornado also cannot be ruled out.
Rounds of rain will be heavy at times on saturated soil, prompting an expanded Flood Watch across the Tri-State early Thursday. The Flood Watch will be in effect until 1 a.m. Friday.
We also will be under a Wind Advisory starting until 10 p.m.
The rain is moving east of Cincinnati, but already the city has doubled up its rainfall record for Feb. 17.
The old record of 1.02″ had been in place since 1976. Thursday’s total as of 6 p.m. is 2.12″.
Dayton and Columbus have also set new daily records.
High water is possible on roads with some areas seeing more than 2 inches of rain. Video shows standing water on Interstate 75 at Mitchell Avenue as of 6 p.m. Thursday.
Grounds already are saturated from recent snow and ice melting, so excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations.
People in the Flood Watch area, especially those living in areas prone to flooding, should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.
Temperatures remained unusually warm Thursday morning. Late Thursday into early Friday, we’ll see some light snow as temperatures drop into the 20s and 30s.
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