Ashland, Knox, Marion, Morrow and Richland counties are among the counties for which the National Weather Service in Cleveland has issued a Flood Watch and Wind Warnings. The weather service issued a Flood Watch for Friday, April 4 which remains in effect through this afternoon. Additionally, a wind advisory is in effect from 2 p.m. this afternoon to 11 p.m. today.

The Flood Watch includes portions of north central Ohio and northeast Ohio.

Rain and possible thunderstorms will move through the area today with some areas possibly receiving up to an additional inch of rainfall. The rain should start ending from west to east during the second half of the afternoon into early evening.

Because the ground is already saturated from recent rainfall, additional rain may cause flooding in low lying and poor drainage areas. Rivers and streams may potential rise out of their banks.

A cold front crossing the area will bring strong winds this afternoon and evening. The advisory includes Marion, Morrow and Richland counties. Residents can anticipate winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts around 45 mph.

Motorists in high profile vehicles should use caution until the winds subside.