The National Weather Service in Cleveland has issued a flood watch for portions of northcentral Ohio, northeast Ohio and northwest Ohio including the following areas in northcentral Ohio — Erie, Lorain, Ottawa and Sandusky counties — through late wednesday night
Higher flows on area streams and rivers from recent snowmelt caused the thick river ice in place across northern ohio rivers to break up over the weekend. At this time ice jams remain in place on many rivers' tributaries to Lake Erie.
An increase in river flows is expected tonight through Wednesday night as a strong warm front brings up to one inch of rainfall tonight through Wednesday night.
A new round of flooding, both due to the ice jams and from excessive runoff, is possible through Thursday.
Ice jams are difficult to predict and can cause rapid flooding with little warning just upstream from the jam location.
People with interests in low lying areas along flood prone rivers should monitor water levels closely and be prepared to take action should flooding develop.
A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.