Sunday, January 4, 2004

Freeze to follow balmy weekend



By Dan Klepal
The Cincinnati Enquirer

The Greater Cincinnati weather engine will do 52 to 15 in less than 24 hours.

Enjoy today's 50-degree temperatures, because winter is about to make a furious return, according to forecasters with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio.

chart Cincinnati tied a 124-year-old high temperature record of 67 degrees Saturday. Forecasters say today will top out at 52 degrees before prevailing winds take a turn. Cold, Canadian air will drop Monday's low temperature to 15 degrees, and Tuesday won't heat up past the mid-20s.

In between all the falling and freezing temperatures are possible floods.

A flood watch is in effect through 6 p.m. today, including the following counties: Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren in Ohio; Boone, Campbell, Gallatin, Grant and Kenton in Kentucky; Dearborn, Ripley and Switzerland in Indiana.

A watch means conditions are favorable for flooding. A warning means flooding is imminent. Forecaster Steve Hrebenach said 1 to 2 inches of rain is expected to fall on the Tristate before the afternoon is over.

After that, bundle up.

"It's not unusual to have a warm-up this time of year, it's just not usually quite this warm," Hrebenach said. "But there's a large (amount) of cold air built up over central Canada, and it's going to come down behind" the rain front.

At Fountain Square Saturday afternoon, the Christmas lights were still in place, but the ice skating rink was an-inch deep pond.

Robert Wallace Jr., 62, of Avondale sat near the fountain and took it all in.

"I like coming down here and watching people go about their business," Wallace said. "This weather is nice. I'm hoping it'll stay like this, but I know it won't."

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E-mail dklepal@enquirer.com




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