As ice melts, watch for flooding & high winds

Ice covered Silver Maples.

Brad Gilbert, Emergency Management Agency  director for Wood County, has issued the following advisory:

Ice storm conditions are slowly improving this morning with main roadways being mostly wet at this time.  The Sheriff has cancelled the Level 1 snow emergency as roads are passable but most secondary roads are still slushy.  The NWS has issued a Wind ADVISORY for Wood County from 7:00pm tonight until 4:00pm Wednesday.  Winds will increase this afternoon and into the overnight hours with occasional gusts 45-50 mph.  Winds may cause additional power outage issues especially if ice does not thaw off of power lines and trees this afternoon. 

A Flood WATCH continues until 4:00am on Wednesday.  A cold front will move through the area tonight dropping temperatures drastically causing a re-freezing issue on surfaces.  Light snow (around 1”) will also move back into the area in the overnight hours.  EMA will remain in situational awareness especially when it comes to the sporadic power outages around the county. 

Please monitor conditions closely over the next 24 hours and be prepared for ponding on roadways and potential flooding and power outage issues.