DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN)
A Flood Advisory has been issued for Darke, Miami, and Shelby counties until 3:45 p.m. Sunday. Northern Darke County is under a Flood Warning until 3:45 p.m. Sunday. A Flood Warning has also been issued for The Great Miami River in Sidney until late Tuesday night.
The rain began Saturday afternoon and is not expected to stop until late Monday night.
Some areas in the flood warning have picked up two inches of rain. At 9:45 a.m. local law enforcement in Darke County reported road closures due to heavy rain.
“We have the potential to see several inches of rainfall during the next 48 hours,” says Storm Team 2 Meteorologist Tara Hastings, “The ground is saturated after a warm December and pockets of heavy rain could create minor flooding.”
Streams and rivers may rise thanks to all the rainfall. Localized flooding is also possible.
The National Weather Service is reporting temperatures will fall into the 40s by early Sunday evening and the potential for prolonged periods of rainfall and flooding will increase.
“The best chance of rain will be through the first part of Sunday. Scattered showers will still be likely Sunday evening and night but we’ll get a break with the heavy rain,” Hastings explained.
Sunday morning, the area broke a record high, reaching 66 degrees. Meteorologist Tara Hastings says this is the fifth record high broken this December.
Another system is heading this way on Monday and will produce yet another batch of moderate to heavy rain at times.
Temperatures return to normal just in time for 2016.