Heavy rain today changing to snow later tonight

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A strong storm system is moving into the Great Lakes bringing heavy rain to the Miami Valley.  There’s a FLOOD WATCH in effect for Butler, Warren and Clinton counties through tonight.  One to two inches of rain is possible with this system today.

A line of showers Wednesday afternoon will impact Greene, Clark, Miami, Logan, Champaign Counties, as well as Northeastern Montgomery County and other Eastern parts of the state. A special weather statement has been issued alerting residents in Columbus, Dayton, Springfield, Beavercreek, Huber Heights, Grove City, Fairborn, Xenia, Troy, Chillicothe, Vandalia, Washington Court House, Bellefontaine, Circleville, Urbana, London, Tipp City, New Carlisle and Greenfield of the strong weather system moving in.

Rain will be heavy at times throughout the day and we may even hear a few rumbles of thunder.  This could create pockets of standing water on area roadways.  Use caution while driving today.

The weather statement alerts residents throughout the following interstates: I-70 in Ohio between mile markers 28 and 90, I-71 in Ohio between mile markers 58 and 98 and I-75 in Ohio between mile markers 57 and 73.

This is video of the rain Wednesday afternoon:

We will likely break a daily rainfall record today.  The record is 1.27″ set back in 1909.  Total rainfall will be close to two inches in most areas so watch out for high water on area roads.

Winds will be gusty out of the northeast switching to the west later tonight. Temperatures will be in 40’s for the afternoon but it will feel more like it’s in the 30’s with the strong winds.

Tonight colder air comes into the area and the rain will switch over to snow.

Snowfall amounts will be around one to three inches for most of the Miami Valley but areas north and west of Dayton may pick up three to four inches by Thursday afternoon and evening.

Winds will increase later tonight and may gust up to 40 and 45 m.p.h at times.  This could create blowing and drifting snow reducing visibility.

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