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Lots of rain Sunday

• Sep 8, 2018 at 6:00 AM

First came the heat.

Now we have to worry about the rain.

The National Weather Service offered an early warning Thursday that heavy rain could be heading toward Ohio this weekend.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon will move into the region over the weekend, bringing widespread heavy rain tonight into early Monday. The storm already has drenched parts of the south.

Forecasters say there’s still some “uncertainty” about the exact path Gordon will take but preliminary models show it heading pretty much straight toward Ohio.

And that could mean rain and a lot of it.

Although uncertainty remains in the placement of the heaviest rainfall, many areas could see 2 to 4 inches of rain, with local amounts of 5 inches or more. Minor to moderate flooding is expected on most area rivers with the potential for some rivers to reach major flood stage. Flooding of low lying areas and poor drainage areas can also be expected.

Northeast winds will increase to 20 to 30 knots on Lake Erie today, causing water levels to rise along the lakeshore on the western basin.

Lakeshore flooding is possible early Sunday morning before winds shift around to the southeast. A high swimming risk can also be expected at most Lake Erie beaches.

The Browns opener could be a wet one too.

Gordon — the storm, not the player — could drop as much as 3 inches on FirstEnergy Stadium.

The heavy rains could lead to flooding in the area, particularly along rivers and streams, the weather service says.

The first sign of Gordon’s arrival will be the wind that is expected to gradually pick up during the day ahead of showers tonight with steady rain on tap Sunday.

The rain could last until Monday morning. After that, however, dry weather is expected for several days. The forecast for Tuesday through Thursday calls for partly sunny skies with a high temperature increasing slightly from the previous day.

Today, the sun will rise at 7:04:46 a.m. and set at 7:50:54 p.m.

On Sunday, the sun will rise at 7:05:45 a.m. and set at 7:49:12 p.m.

And on Monday, the sun will rise at 7:06:45 a.m. and set at 7:47:30 p.m.

 

Local forecast

Here is the Norwalk-area forecast from the National Weather Service:

Today - A chance of showers, mainly after 11 a.m. Cloudy, with a high near 71. Northeast wind 8 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tonight - Showers, mainly after 10 p.m. Low around 58. East wind 9 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

Sunday - Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 69. East wind around 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.

Sunday night - Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Low around 61. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Monday - Showers likely before 8 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 73. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

Monday night - Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59.

Tuesday - Partly sunny, with a high near 75.

Tuesday night - Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60.

Wednesday - Partly sunny, with a high near 79.

Wednesday night - Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64.

Thursday - Partly sunny, with a high near 81.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: Craig Webb of the Akron Beacon Journal (TNS) contributed to this story.

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