LEAVITTSBURG - With record-setting temperatures on Sunday in the mid-60s, the weather is quickly changing for the Mahoning Valley with flooding possible and snow returning for Christmas.
The National Weather Service in Cleveland has issued a flooding warning for the Mahoning River at Leavittsburg. The river was at 12.3 feet late Sunday with flood stage at 10 feet.
Due to the anticipated flooding to occur on the Mahoning River, Trumbull County MetroParks is closing Thomas A. Swift MetroPark in Braceville, and Canoe City MetroPark in Leavittsburg, until further notice.
Zachary Svette, operations director, said the park district hopes the closures are lifted either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
''Safety of the park visitors are most important, therefore parks will not reopen until all hazards, if there are any, are removed,'' he said.
Svette said those using any other park are to use caution as there may be trees and other debris on the ground from the high wind.
Warren Township police said they were watching the river, but as of late Sunday, they were not expecting the flooding that was originally being forecasted, noting the Mahoning River dropped Sunday afternoon.
The heavy rain from Friday evening and all day Saturday caused flooding on many roadways and in basements.
A 911 spokesman said Sunday that the area of state Route 87 between Routes 45 and 534 in Bloomfield and Mesopotamia was closed due to flooded roads making travel difficult.
Pine Avenue between Niles and Warren was flooded in areas, making it difficult for vehicles to get through.
Some roads had spots of flooding with driving in the right lanes of some roads difficult.
Warren fire department reported that they did not receive any calls of flooding.
Tribune Chronicle News Partner WYTV-33 reported that National Fire and Water Repair in Warren, went out on dozens of calls today for flooded basements often where people have set up Christmas trees and holiday presents.
Paul Clouser, owner of National Fire and Water Repair, told WYTV, "I know one family we had that actually had their Christmas tree and everything set up in the basement. All the presents were down there and these things happen. It's unfortunate, but they do happen."
The NWS has issued a 50 percent chance of snow today with one to three inches expected later in the day into Tuesday. It will be much cooler with highs 30 degrees less than Sunday.
Tuesday is forecasted for a 70 percent chance of snow with highs only in the mid to upper 20s.
Around the state, heavy weekend rains have left numerous low-lying roads and highways blocked, with flood-prone Findlay, located 47 miles south of Toledo, among the hardest hit.
The state says some of the other hardest-hit highways are located in Sandusky, Seneca and Wood counties in rain-drenched northwest Ohio.
In Findlay, the Blanchard River has risen 12 feet since Friday to major flood-stage levels.
Three more feet of flooding would cut the city in two. The river crest forecast for today could be close to that level.
The river has flooded four times since 2007 in Findlay.
In north-central Ohio, the weather service said the Scioto River had reached 14 feet near LaRue, 3 feet above flood stage, and was forecast to crest about 15 feet by Monday morning.