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  • Threat of flooding to last through the weekend

  • A flood watch is in effect through 6 p.m. Sunday because of snow melt and up to 2 inches of rain in the forecast.
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  • Most of Ohio, including Stark County, remained under a National Weather Service-issued flood watch Friday ahead of anticipated heavy rainfall.
    The weather service said on its website at that the watch, effective through 6 p.m. Sunday, included snow melt and up to 2 inches of rain with "locally higher amounts" possible.
    "The heaviest rain will fall on Saturday and Saturday night," the weather service said. "The ground will be saturated by that time from rain and snow melt and rapid rises of water will be possible."
    Flooding is expected in low-lying areas.
    Tim Warstler, director of the Stark County Emergency Management Agency, said Thursday that weather reports show the chance of flooding in Canton at 70 percent.
    Temperatures were also expected to be warmer, rising to 60 degrees Sunday, the weather service said.
    Light rain was falling at the Akron Canton Airport at 8 a.m. Friday, according to the weather service. The temperature was 42 degrees with an expected high of 48. The chance of rainfall Friday and Saturday was listed at 100 percent.
    The rain was expected to turn to a mixture of rain and snow Sunday night as the temperature plummets to 29 degrees.
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