11:27pm - Tuesday, February 20, 2018
RIVER FLOOD WARNING - OHIO RIVER: The Ohio River at Cincinnati is cresting tonight. This will continue to cause many road closures near the river, especially on the East End. US 52 will be closed in several spots upstream to Adams County and Maysville. The river is forecast to remain above flood stage in Cincinnati (52 feet) through at least Sunday, if not longer.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Breezy. Rain and a few thunderstorms developing late. Low: 60°
Wednesday: Periods of rain. Isolated thunderstorms possible. Breezy and turning sharply cooler. Morning high in the lower 60s with temperatures falling into the lower to middle 40s by late afternoon.
We set a new record high in Cincinnati today rising to 79 degrees. This beats the old record of 72 set in 2016 and is also the warmest temperature ever recorded in Cincinnati in February. Tonight, we stay breezy and mild with temperatures in the 60s under mostly cloudy skies. But the dry and warm weather won't last. A cold front to our west has been producing widespread rain across Missouri, Illinois and even as close as Northwest Indiana. That front will make a move on us tonight bringing the chance for rain and even a few thunderstorms well after midnight and into the predawn hours Wednesday. It will also spell big changes for our weather come afternoon. After seeing an early morning high in the lower 60s, temperatures will drop sharply through the morning and fall as low as the lower to middle 40s by late afternoon. We will also see more waves of rain push through Wednesday. This front will then stall south of the area for the rest of the week. As ripples of low pressure track along it, we will see more rounds of rain and storms into Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and even early Sunday. In all, we could easily pick up 3 to 5 inches of rainfall in the Tri-State with isolated amounts possibly higher. We'll have to keep an eye on the possibility of more flooding with all that rain coming. Speaking of flooding, the Ohio River appears to be reaching a crest late this afternoon and this evening around 55 and 1/2 feet. But the river will stay above flood stage into Sunday or even longer. For the latest on the flooding, the additional rain to come and for a look at the cooler air moving our way, please join Meteorologist Brandon Orr for Good Morning Cincinnati starting at 4:25am . Have a good night!
Meteorologist John Gumm
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