19 First Alert Weather Day: Widespread heavy rain on Wednesday, major cooldown by mid-week

Published: Sep. 19, 2021 at 6:53 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 21, 2021 at 6:39 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - It’s been quite some time since we have experienced a widespread, heavy rain event.

That will change on Wednesday, as our first major cold front of the Fall season arrives.

Numerous showers and storms will move into NE Ohio tonight, mainly after 11:00 p.m.

Periods of rain will continue through the night and into Wednesday morning, making for a soggy drive into work.

Waves of on-again, off-again rain will linger through Wednesday afternoon, and even into the evening.

The main threats with this system will be damaging winds and heavy rain, which may lead to localized flooding.

From tonight through tomorrow, we’re looking at one to three inches of rainfall.

Some locations, especially west of Cleveland, may record up to four inches of rainfall.

Please be mindful of the threat of ponding on the roadways during the day Wednesday.

Even outside of the storms, it will be a windy day Wednesday, with winds gusting upwards of 40 mph, especially along the lakeshore.

In order to prepare for the impending rain and wind, consider maintaining a full charge on your electronic devices, should you lose power.

Ensure that your gutters, downspouts, and storm drains are clear of leaves and debris.

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