CLEVELAND - HIGH WIND WARNING in effect Monday afternoon through Tuesday for all of Northern Ohio... including Greater Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Mentor, Ravenna, Wooster, Millersburg, Ashtabula, Youngstown and surrounding areas. High winds are expected Monday afternoon thru Tuesday morning for parts of the area, especially along the Lakeshore. Sustained north winds will blow between 35 & 45mph with gusts to 70 mph. Tree and power line damage is possible, along with siding and roof damage. This is a significant weather event for Northern Ohio.
FLOOD WATCH in effect for all Northern Ohio Counties from Lorain, Medina, Wayne & Holmes Counties and ALL Points East to the Pennsylvania border Sunday night through Tuesday evening. Rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches can be expected from Sunday afternoon through Tuesday across much of Northern Ohio with isolated amounts of 6 inches across the higher terrains of Geauga, Medina & Ashatabula Counties. Significant travel delays due to heavy rain and flooding can be expected Monday and Tuesday across Northern Ohio.
LAKESHORE FLOOD WATCH in effect for all lake shore areas including bays and inlets Monday afternoon through Tuesday evening. North gale and storm force winds will cause water levels to rise along the Ohio shoreline. There is also a high potential for erosion of beaches and shorelines.
Evening Update: Rain still pushing into Ohio and will continue to do so through the rest of Sunday. As we roll into Monday expect light, steady rain to last through the morning commute into the afternoon. As we get closer to the evening hours, winds will pick up and rain will intensify. We will be sure to keep you updated with the latest right here on the web, on your cell and on air through the next several days.
3:36 pm Update: Rain is continuing to push northwest across Ohio. We are starting to see a dry slot push into eastern Ohio though. This will likely slow through the evening, plan for the rain to continue much of the evening.
11:15 am Update: Widespread light to moderate rain will continue to impact our Sunday. Grab the rain gear and plan on getting wet if you have any outdoor plans. Sandy will continue to bring rain and wind to Ohio with even heavier rain and stronger winds likely Monday.
Over the next several days, The merging of 2 weather systems will bring weather condition that will likely go into the history books. Our cold front that ended out Indian Summer will push back into Ohio westward acting like a wall for Sandy and her tropical moisture. Sandy will likely make landfall late Monday near the New Jersey Coast but the impacts of Sandy are already being felt.
We will continue to feel Sandy's impacts as we roll into Monday. Watches have already been issued in anticipation of dangerous weather. Light but steady rain will be the trend throughout Sunday afternoon and into Monday morning. We will notice a gradual increase in intensity throughout Monday as Sandy approaches. With the heavier rain comes strong winds as well. Winds will stay strong well into Tuesday with a gradual decrease in speed as we get closer to Tuesday evening. The rain and winds will both relax as we roll through the 2nd half of the work-week. We will have to wait until Friday for our first dry day of the week.