Tuesday, May 07, 2002

Umbrella weather all week

Sun will come out by Friday... maybe

By Cindy Schroeder, cschroeder@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The bad news is the lousy weather should continue through Thursday.

        On the bright side, National Weather Service forecasters don't expect Tristate rivers to flood, but there will be spot problems in low-lying areas.

        “The forecast calls for off-and-on showers and thunderstorms through Thursday,” said Myron Padgett, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio. “People should not drive through flooded, low-lying areas.”

        By 8 a.m. Wednesday, the Ohio River at Cincinnati is expected to rise from Monday's 38.2 feet to 41 feet — 11 feet below flood stage. The Licking River at Falmouth is expected to reach 18 feet by Wednesday morning, or 10 feet below flood stage.

        By Monday afternoon, 0.56 inch of rain had been recorded at the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport. Through today, the two-day rainfall for the Cincinnati area is expected to total an inch, Mr. Padgett said.

        At 2:10 p.m. Monday, Cincinnati police closed the ramp to Ridge Road south from northbound Interstate 71 to clear a drain. The exit ramp was reopened a half hour later, and the closure did not affect I-71 traffic, said Eryk Rotondo, deputy director of operations for ARTIMIS, the traffic information center for Greater Cincinnati.

Radar, forecasts, current conditions at Cincinnati.com/weather

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