Area Escapes Severe Damage from Rain and Wind but Winter to Return

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Updated Sun, Dec 22, 2013 9:45 am

If you enjoyed the warmer temperatures this weekend, hang on, winter is returning.

Record high and low temperatures for this time of year were experienced Saturday with highs in the 70s in West Virginia.

Athens' 1990 record high of 67 degrees was safe but barely so as temperatures Saturday hit 65 degrees.

The Weather Channel featured video from Athens Sunday morning showing wind-driven rain with gusts up to 60 mph.

The Athens Police Department reported little damage as a result of those winds.

Those warmer temperatures were accompanied by flood watches, flood warnings and through early Sunday morning severe thunderstorm warnings as rain fell throughout Saturday.  For a current listing from the National Weather Service click here.

While most of Southeast Ohio escaped serious damage, Mason County, West Virginia saw some reports of trees on power lines and in Pomeroy one report of a tree falling onto a house.  Minor power outage numbers are being reported throughout the region.  For an updated list of power outage numbers click here.

The Ohio Department of Transportation reported a number of road closures to the north particularly in Nobel County.  For road condition information from ODOT click here.

Flash flood warnings were in effect for portions of central and southwest Ohio into Sunday morning.

The National Weather Service predicted unseasonably warmer temperatures through Sunday with a decreasing chance of showers.

Highs were expected again to be in the 60s and falling into the 50s Sunday afternoon.

Winter is expected to return Monday with much cooler temperatures.

Highs Monday in the 40s and lows in the 20s.

Christmas Eve is predicted to be colder still with highs in the 30s and lows in the teens.

Will there be a white Christmas?

Accuweather is calling for a 23 percent chance of precipitation Tuesday night and just 9 percent Christmas day.

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