An ice storm could be brewing just to the west of Lorain County and the National Weather Service is warning it might hit hard by mid-evening â€“ if temperatures drop low enough.
A winter weather advisory is in effect through midnight as a miserable swirl of half-ice, half-rain moves over the entire northern half of Ohio.
Freezing rain is supposed to berate our area this afternoon and into the night, changing to snow and a coating of ice late Tuesday, the service said. Overnight snowfall could amount to about an inch.
That`s not the end to the county`s nasty weather problems, though.
A flood watch is also in effect as the Black River in Elyria rose to two feet above flood levels at 5 a.m. The water could rise as high as 13 feet this afternoon, washing over low-lying roads in Elyria and Carlisle Township near Ford Road and the Elyria Country Club.
Highs in the 40s Monday led to a melt-off that saturated the ground and made flooding a concern, the weather service said.
A low of 27 degrees is expected overnight and temperatures should hover around the freezing point Wednesday when the forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of flurries and wind gusts up to 24 mph.