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Flood watch issued for Medina, Summit, Portage, Trumbull, Mahoning counties in Northeast Ohio until Friday morning

February 15, 2018 GMT

Flood watch issued for Medina, Summit, Portage, Trumbull, Mahoning counties in Northeast Ohio until Friday morning

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The National Weather Service in Cleveland expanded the flood watch in effect for much of southern Ohio to include Medina, Summit, Portage, Trumbull and Mahoning counties in Northeast Ohio. Warm temperatures melting the snowpack and moderate widespread rain could induce flooding until Friday morning.

According to the watch, rain is expected to continue to move across the area through tonight -- a few rumbles of thunder cannot be ruled out.

The weather service says total rainfall amounts expected during this period across the watch area are from an inch to an inch and a half, with localized higher amounts possible where heavier rain showers persist.

The Flood Watch has been expanded across Northeast Ohio through 10 AM Friday. Rain will be heavy at times with flooding possible in the Watch area. Rainfall of 1-1.5 inches expected with locally higher amounts possible. pic.twitter.com/sd2zvdS1CL— NWS Cleveland (@NWSCLE) February 15, 2018

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The excessive rainfall could lead to flooding of streams, creeks, low lying spots and poor drainage areas, especially in urban and hilly locations. Those near streams and rivers should be especially cautious as streams and rivers can rise quickly, urges the National Weather Service.

A flood watch is issued when there is the potential for flooding, but it is not immediately imminent or ongoing. If and when flooding occurs, a warning will be issued.

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Keep checking cleveland.com/weather for daily weather updates for Northeast Ohio, and don’t forget to submit any weather questions you may have!

Kelly Reardon is cleveland.com’s meteorologist. Please follow me on Facebook, Twitter @KellyRWeather and Instagram.