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Heavy rain, strong storms possible this afternoon and tonight

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It is much quieter across northeastern this morning, following last night's severe weather outbreak. It should remain quiet through the morning hours with partly cloudy skies expected.

This afternoon, the atmosphere will destabilize once again, ahead of an approaching cold front. Scattered thunderstorms will erupt this afternoon and continue through tonight. Very heavy rainfall is possible, and a flash flood watch has been issued for most of northeastern Ohio. In addition to the flood threat, some of the storms could become severe with damaging winds and hail possible.

The cold front will slip to the south of the area late tonight or early Wednesday. We may see a break in the rainfall Wednesday morning, then showers and thunderstorms are expected to redevelop Wednesday afternoon as an intensifying area of low pressure moves toward the state from the southwest.

Rain, heavy at times, is expected across the region Wednesday night through Thursday as the low deepens and tracks northward across the state. Rainfall amounts from today through Thursday could exceed 2 inches across much of the area.

Here is the forecast: For today, it will be partly sunny with showers and thunderstorms likely during the afternoon. Highs will reach the low to mid 80s. Winds SW 10-15 mph.

Tonight, cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely. Lows will be around 60. Winds S 5-10 mph.

Wednesday, mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely. Highs on Wednesday will be around 70. Winds SW 5-10 mph.

Wednesday night, rain likely along with a few embedded thunderstorms. Lows will be in the mid 50s.

Thursday, cloudy with rain likely along with a few embedded thunderstorms. Highs will be in the mid 60s.

Extended Analysis: Low pressure will move northward across Ohio Thursday night, reaching the eastern Great Lakes on Friday. Rain is likely Thursday night, tapering to showers Friday.

Scattered showers will continue across the area Friday night through Saturday as a large upper level trough swings eastward across the region.

The trough will remain overhead through Sunday, but drier air should gradually reduce the shower activity through the second half of the weekend. Temperatures will be cool through the period.

Here is the extended forecast: Thursday night, cloudy with showers likely. Lows will be in the mid 40s.

Friday, cloudy with showers likely. Highs will be near 60.

Friday night, mostly cloudy with showers likely. Lows will be in the low 40s.

Saturday, mostly cloudy with showers likely. Highs will be in the mid 50s.

Saturday night, mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Lows will be in the mid 40s.

Sunday, partly cloudy with a slight chance of a shower. Highs will be in the low to mid 60s.

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