Flooding, gales and black ice

Would you rather have snow and wind chill temperatures?
Sandusky Register Staff
Feb 20, 2014

According to Accuweather.com...

BE CAREFUL OF BLACK ICE
RAIN WILL SPREAD ACROSS NORTHWEST OHIO THIS MORNING. TEMPERATURES WILL RISE THROUGH THE MID 30S. EVEN THOUGH THE TEMPERATURES WILL RISE ABOVE FREEZING... THE GROUND IS COLD AND ICE MAY FORM ON UNTREATED ROADS AND SIDEWALKS. USE CAUTION THIS MORNING AND BE ALERT FOR BLACK ICE.

AREAL FLOOD WATCH
..FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING...

THE FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

* PORTIONS OF OHIO AND NORTHWEST PENNSYLVANIA...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS...IN OHIO...ASHLAND...ASHTABULA INLAND... ASHTABULA LAKESHORE...CRAWFORD...CUYAHOGA...ERIE OH...GEAUGA... HANCOCK...HOLMES...HURON...KNOX...LAKE...LORAIN...LUCAS... MAHONING...MARION...MEDINA...MORROW...OTTAWA...PORTAGE... RICHLAND...SANDUSKY...SENECA...STARK...SUMMIT...TRUMBULL... WAYNE...WOOD AND WYANDOT. IN NORTHWEST PENNSYLVANIA...CRAWFORD PA...NORTHERN ERIE AND SOUTHERN ERIE.

* FROM 3 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING

* A COMBINATION OF MELTING SNOW AND RAIN WILL PRODUCE A THREAT OF FLOODING THIS AFTERNOON INTO FRIDAY. ICE JAMS ON AREA RIVERS MAY ALSO PRODUCE FLOODING. PONDING OF WATER AND FLOODING OF SOME ROADS AND BASEMENTS WILL ALSO BE POSSIBLE AS SNOW AND ICE MAY CONTINUE TO BLOCK SOME DRAINAGE SYSTEMS.

* RAINFALL WILL AVERAGE THREE QUARTERS OF AN INCH...WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS IN THUNDERSTORMS. HEAVIER RAIN WILL PRODUCE A RISK OF SIGNIFICANT FLOODING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON CURRENT FORECASTS. YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP. STAY TUNED TO WEATHER RADIO FOR FURTHER DETAILS OR UPDATES.

GALE WATCH
...GALE WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING...

THE GALE WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING.

* WINDS: SOUTH WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 30 KNOTS TONIGHT AND THEN BECOME SOUTHWEST. SOUTHWEST WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 35 KNOT GALES ON FRIDAY. SPEEDS SHOULD DIMINISH FRIDAY NIGHT.

* WAVES: THE LAKE IS MOSTLY ICE COVERED...BUT THE WINDS WILL CREATE RIDGING...RAFTING...AND SIGNIFICANT MOVEMENT OF THE ICE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

MARINERS AND ICE FISHERMEN SHOULD MONITOR THE FORECAST AND PREPARE TO TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTIONS OR CONSIDER ALTERING THEIR PLANS.