Flash Flooding Possible as Temperatures Hit Mid-60s
Flooding rainfall is possible Thursday night, the National Weather Service reported.
The entire region will be under a Flash Flood Watch.
A warm front will cross the region early Thursday bringing a round of showers. Behind that warm front, temperatures will rise and make a significant dent in the snow pack across the area.
Later Thursday evening and overnight, a vigorous cold front will bring very heavy rainfall in a short period of time to much of the area. Because the ground is already saturated, any rainfall will go directly to area creeks and streams which may not be able to contain the rapid runoff that is expected.
The Flash Flood Watch goes into effect at 3 p.m. Thursday. The strong thunderstorms could bring an inch of rain.
In addition to possible flooding, damaging winds are also a concern. A brief isolated tornado cannot be ruled out, the National Weather Service said.
Winds of twenty to thirty miles per hour with gusts to forty and forty-five miles per hour are expected early in the day on Friday.
Temperatures will rise into the mid-60s on Thursday and go above 50 on Friday before the cold returns.
Your 7-day forecast:
THURSDAY Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 4pm, then a chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 65. South wind 10 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
THURSDAY NIGHT Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 1am, then a slight chance of showers between 1am and 2am. Some storms could be severe, with damaging winds and heavy rain. Low around 36. Breezy, with a south wind 15 to 22 mph becoming west after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 34 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.
FRIDAY Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph.
FRIDAY NIGHT Mostly clear, with a low around 32. Southwest wind 11 to 13 mph.
SATURDAY Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. West wind 8 to 14 mph.
SATURDAY NIGHT A chance of rain and snow before 2am, then a chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
SUNDAY A chance of snow before 8am. Partly sunny, with a high near 38. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
SUNDAY NIGHT Partly cloudy, with a low around 20.
MONDAY Mostly sunny, with a high near 34.
MONDAY NIGHT A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
TUESDAY Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31.
TUESDAY NIGHT Partly cloudy, with a low around 15.
WEDNESDAY Sunny, with a high near 26.
Photo: Birds have lunch near the Ohio River in Covington/RCN file