Cincinnati Enquirer’s Jennifer Edwards Baker reports:
Temperatures will dramatically drop Tuesday from nearly 60 degrees at noon to the 30s by nightfall as a cold front blasts down from Canada.
As the mercury takes a nosedive, showers and thunderstorms will blanket Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky along with winds that could gust as fast as 45 mph, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
A half inch of rain or more also is expected.
A downpour about 8:30 a.m. left high water on roads across the region and caused at least one bad accident that shut down westbound Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway in Springfield Township.
It also may have caused another mudslide on westbound Columbia Parkway between Torrence and Kemper lanes in the East End, according to city officials.
Road crews are checking on either a mudslide or patch of ice reported on the main east-west thoroughfare about 9 a.m., said Michael Moore, director of the city’s department of transportation and engineering.
“We are not sure if it’s mud that came over the wall or remnants from ice from the weekend,” he said.
All lanes remain open at this time, Cincinnati police said.
High water has closed a couple lanes on Rybolt Road at Harrison Avenue near Interstate 74 in Green Township, according to Hamilton County emergency communication reports.
The road remains open and is passable at this time, but if it continues to rain, the area may have to be shut down, reports state. Motorists should expect delays in this area.
An accident with injuries due to high water in the road was reported about 9:30 a.m. on westbound Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway at Hamilton Avenue in Springfield Township. Police closed the highway in that area until further notice.
As the rain falls Tuesday, temperatures will plunge into the upper 30s by 6 p.m. Overnight, they will sink lower into the 20s. With the wind chill factored in, the low could bottom out around 10 to 15 degrees.
It will be sunny but brisk Wednesday with a high of 35. The overnight low will fall to 26.
Another Canadian cold front will push down Thursday, bringing the potential for minor accumulations of snow, an inch or less, before 4 p.m., Hickman said.
More snow will fly late Friday afternoon and Friday night, but it’s too soon to say how much. The high will be 35 degrees. The overnight low will slip just a bit to 31.
“The more significant weather system will be Friday night,” Hickman warned. “It could be a mixed bag of precipitation: sleet, snow and rain.”
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