Areal Flood Watch

Issued At: Friday, 12 Jan 2018, 10:27 PM EST
Expires At: Saturday, 13 Jan 2018, 7:00 AM EST

Flood watch national weather service cleveland oh 1026 pm est fri jan 12 2018 ...heightened risk of ice jam related flooding will continue through saturday morning... lake-geauga-ashtabula inland-portage-trumbull-stark-mahoning- ashtabula lakeshore-northern erie-southern erie-crawford- including the cities of mentor, chardon, jefferson, ravenna, warren, canton, youngstown, ashtabula, erie, edinboro, and meadville 1026 pm est fri jan 12 2018 ...flood watch remains in effect until 7 am est saturday... the flood watch continues for * portions of northeast ohio and northwest pennsylvania, including the following areas, in northeast ohio, ashtabula inland, ashtabula lakeshore, geauga, lake, mahoning, portage, stark, and trumbull. in northwest pennsylvania, crawford, northern erie, and southern erie. * until 7 am est saturday * flooding is being reported in the watch area in combination of rainfall, snowmelt, and ice jams. most areas received an inch to an inch and a half of rainfall before seeing a transition over to snow. a widespread 2 to 3 inches has been reported this evening. rivers will continue to rise through late tonight before receding saturday morning. ice jams can delay the recession if they are obstructing flow or creating backwater. the ice floes will likely collect along area bridges, bends in the rivers, and islands leading to possible jamming. * ice jam flooding is unpredictable and can result in erratic water rises and falls. water can quickly build behind ice jams flooding homes and businesses. freezing temperatures over the weekend will harden ice jams in place. please report ice jams to the national weather service or local law enforcement. precautionary/preparedness actions... a flood watch is issued when there is a potential for flooding. monitor the forecast and remain alert for possible flood warnings. those in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should a flood warning be issued or if flooding develops.