TOLEDO, OH (WTVG) – Wednesday 2/21/18 8am Update:
Most of the area has picked up on 1.5" to 2.5" of rain, but Hillsdale is about ready to pass 5" of rain in the past 48 hours. That is where both high water and river flooding is the biggest concern. Rain should end by noon Wednesday.
The worst of the river flooding is in Indiana and western Michigan. Most of our area rivers are expected to experience minor river flooding in the days ahead. That includes the Maumee River, the River Raisin, and the Portage River. -Meteorologist Ross Ellet
Tuesday 2/10 5pm Update:
Creeks, streams and rivers will be running higher than normal this week. Currently there are 5 active flood warnings across northwest Ohio.
The Maumee at Napoleon and Defiance will both rise into Thursday morning. At Defiance the river is expected to crest at 13.4 ft. But if it gets to 13.7 feet, then rear houses at the 600 block of riverside Ave flood.
The Maumee through Napoleon is the only location along the Maumee expected to rise into moderate flood stage. The forecast has it rising to 15.4 feet Wednesday night. Which by 15 feet, flood water threatens some buildings and may cause some roads to close on the east end of town.
The portage river from Woodville to New Rochester currently sits at 10.1 feet. Minor flooding occurs at 9 feet. It is expected to fluctuate from 8.5 to 10 feet over the coming days. Residents in Pemberville may get water in backyards and some streets may be impacted by flood water.
Over in Williams County the Tiffin River is at 13.33 feet and will rise to around 16.5 feet by 1am Saturday. Flooding will occur in areas along the rivers path and state route 191 may become closed later this week. The St. Joseph River will rise close to 15 feet by Friday morning. If it reaches 15 feet, then several roads will close in Williams County, including County Road 10 at County Road K.
A Flood Watch continues for areas west of I-75, including Lucas County until Wednesday afternoon. Nearly 4" of rain has fallen in Hillsdale. 1.49" was reported at Toledo Express Airport. Up to 1" of additional rain is possible tonight and into Wednesday morning. locally 1-2" of rain is possible in the northwest corner of area, like Lenawee, Hillsdale and Williams Counties.
- Meteorologist Dan Zbozien
Tuesday 2/20 - 8:15am Update
1" of rain has already fallen in Toledo and Findlay. Another inch of rain is possible in the next 36 hours. The Flood Watch has been dropped for counties east of I-75.
A Flood Watch continues for areas west of I-75. Nearly 4" of rain has fallen in Hillsdale, and another 1", locally 1-2" of rain is possible in the northwest corner of area through Wednesday.
We are still on pace to set a new record high today. The old record was set back in 1930 at 66°. We are also on pace to set a record for the warmest low temperature ever recorded during the month of February at 59°. The old record was 56° set back in 2000. -Meteorologist Ross Ellet