The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for possible flash flooding this weekend and into next week in Medina County and across northern Ohio.
On Friday evening in Sharon Township, State Road was closed because of high water.
“There’s a low spot south of (state) Route 162,” Sharon Township Trustee Kimberly Miller said. “State Road always is closed there.
“Other than that, we’re not having any problems,” she said. “I just tell people to take it easy, take it slow and watch for the high-water signs.”
In neighboring Montville Township, high-water signs were out Friday evening along Bear Swamp Road, east of state Route 57.
The weather service warned that road conditions may worsen later today and Sunday when additional rains and unseasonably warm temperatures are expected to increase the possibility of flooded creeks and rivers because of saturated ground.
Just more than a half-inch of rain was recorded Friday at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
Temperatures are expected to reach about 60 degrees today under sunny skies.
But Sunday’s forecast calls for an additional quarter- to half-inch of rain with temperatures dropping into the 50s. West winds of 20 to 25 mph, with gusts up to 35 mph, are predicted after midnight.
Sunday night will be much colder, with lows in the upper 20s, with a chance of rain and snow.
Monday’s high is expected to reach only about 35 degrees.
According to the weather service, the already saturated ground will make flooding of creeks and rivers a possibility early next week.
In addition to possible flooding, the U.S. Coast Guard is warning that warmer temperatures over the next few days are likely to cause unsafe ice conditions on Lake Erie and on other lakes and rivers.