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Bill Rinehart / WVXU

**Updated March 9**

The Ohio River crested at 53 feet, Sunday, according to the Associated Press.  That's one foot above flood stage.  The river level is expected to fall slowly through the rest of the week.  The National Weather Service is predicting rain on Tuesday, and again Thursday and Friday.

**Original story** 

With plenty of rain and snow this week, area rivers are expected to rise quickly.

Sarah Ramsey

Wednesday's extreme cold and high winds have forecasters calling for possibly dangerous conditions. But it was something else that caused reporters in the WVXU newsroom to glance questioningly at one another.

Lake effect snow.

We saw it first on Twitter:

Holly Yurchison / WVXU

After a slow start, summer in Southwest Ohio is starting to feel more normal... and by normal we mean HOT.

Heat advisories and watches are in effect for Wednesday and Thursday.

This year's damaging storms have some homeowners looking to create safe rooms to provide a sturdy safe place to go during a tornado or dangerous weather.

Mitigation Branch Chief Steve Ferryman says the Ohio Emergency Management Agency is offering a rebate program to help fund the above or below ground shelters.