Possible severe weather today

Brad Gilbert, EMA director for Wood County has issued the following: A relatively strong cold front and upper atmosphere dynamics will develop thunderstorm activity this afternoon and evening.  The Storm Prediction Center has NW Ohio in the “Marginal” risk category for severe weather today.  The primary threats will be damaging straight-line winds and hail.  Some residual showers and possibly a thunderstorm will linger into the early parts of Tuesday as well, but the severe threat will be low to non-existent on Tuesday. Yesterday, storms became severe as they moved east of Wood County.  The Sandusky (and Cedar Point) area experienced a very strong but very narrow corridor of damaging wind called a microburst (straight-line wind) from a thunderstorm.  Thunderstorms today could have similar microburst activity across all of NW Ohio.  Please monitor weather conditions for isolated strong to severe thunderstorm activity this afternoon and evening.

Peek at our Parks by Frances Brent: April Showers Bring More Than Flowers

By Frances Brent From mud hole to green glory the  Hosta  Display Garden at Simpson Garden has burst forth in its variegated shades of greens. The Simpson Garden, located at the corner of Wintergarden and Conneaut, has hosted  an official Hosta Display garden with literally hundreds of precisely labeled specimens since 2014. The area is deeply shaded, accented by rocks,  flowering shrubs and comfortable seating.  It has become a  popular photo op site for toddlers, graduates and families.  

Yep, snow, that’s what we’re talking about

From Brad Gilbert, Wood County Emergency Management director I REALLY hate to say it, but the NWS Cleveland office just provided and updated forecast. Forecasting models have shifted heavier snow bands further west putting most of Wood County in the 4” to 6” of snow potential by Saturday morning. The NWS has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Wood County until 10:00 a.m. Saturday. Winds will be from the northwest at 15-25 mph. Convection within this storm system will be giving us the heavy snow potential. The convection will also make it likely that you could hear “thunder snow” especially when the snowfall is heavy at times later tonight. This is a vey unusual spring storm system, so please use extra caution this evening into the overnight hours and early Saturday morning if you have to travel.