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Bitter cold to ease ... for now

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 10:30 PM
Updated: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 11:55 PM

Temperatures are forecast to moderate across the Miami Valley as we head into the weekend. Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell says readings should make it above normal by the end of the weekend with the threat for rain showers as opposed to snow showers. But the frigid weather may return in time for Christmas... the question is, will we see snow?

The bitter cold weather pattern will ease over the next few days as the jet stream — which has brought the cold — shifts back northward into Canada.

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After a mild start to the month, temperatures have been struggling to get above freezing for much of the last week. While a heat wave certainly is not expected, we can expect temperatures to come back up to where they should be this time of year.

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In fact, readings should come above normal as early as this weekend. The average high for this time in December is 38 degrees. Highs are expected to reach into the 40s beginning Saturday and likely will stay well into the 40s through the upcoming week.

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So whatever snow is still left on the ground will be history by the end of the weekend.

Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell explains more above in the attached video

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Apartment fire sends woman to hospital, displaces 6 units in Harrison Twp.

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 7:19 PM

Apt fire

An apartment fire this evening displaced the occupants of six units and sent one woman to a local hospital.

Crews were called shortly before 5 p.m. to 1962 Republic Drive on a report of heavy smoke coming from an apartment.

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The woman was taken to Miami Valley Hospital; her injuries are minor, according to Harrison Twp. fire officials.

The American Red Cross was called to assist residents in six units who were displaced.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Flames consume vacant house in Piqua

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 3:23 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 4:52 AM

A fire in the 200 block of East Main Street caused the inside of the house to be completely damaged.

UPDATE @ 4:41 a.m.:

All crews from the Piqua Fire Department along with Covington and Fletcher firefighters responded to a massive fire early this morning that destroyed a vacant house. 

When firefighters were dispatched around 2:50 a.m., the house in the 200 block of East Main Street was engulfed. At one point the roof collapsed, according to initial reports. 

The cause is under investigation, Assistant Fire Chief Chad Kennedy said.

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The house was vacant and no one was inside, Kennedy said.


Piqua fire and police crews are battling a house engulfed in the 200 block of East Main Street in Piqua.

The roof has reportedly collapsed but all walls are still intact, according to scanner traffic.

The fire was reported around 2:50 a.m.

We have a crew on the way and will update this story as information becomes available. 

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St. Patrick’s Day weather: Stray showers possible tonight

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 5:14 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 1:00 PM

Few more showers may return for the afternoon.

A stray light shower will be possible at times on this St. Patrick’s Day evening, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said.


  • Stray light shower can’t be ruled out this evening
  • Slick spots possible overnight
  • More sunshine on Sunday

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5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs


Tonight: More dry time and decreasing clouds is expected overnight. Temperatures eventually will drop into the middle 20s. There is a slight chance for slick spots.

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Sunday: Sunshine returns under milder conditions. Highs will be in the lower 50s.

Monday: Clouds will increase through the day with highs in the lower to middle 50s. The chance for rain returns in the evening, and with temperatures falling past sunset, a few wet flakes may mix in as well.

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Tuesday: A few lingering snow showers or a wintry mix will be possible early. Mostly cloudy skies are expected with highs in the lower to middle 40s.

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Wednesday: The chance for any snow looks small, but can’t be ruled out. It’ll be a cold day with highs in the upper 30s.

Thursday: Partly sunny skies are expected with highs in the lower 40s.

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Victims ID’d in double fatal crash north of New Carlisle

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 2:49 PM
Updated: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 7:15 PM

Injuries reported in accident north of New Carlisle

UPDATE @ 7:15 p.m.

Two people succumbed to their injuries in a two-vehicle crash this afternoon north of New Carlisle.

Vickie Owens, 46, of Springfield, and Roger Littlejohn, 75, of New Carlisle, were identified as the two drivers. They both were trapped and flown to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where they died of their injuries, the Springfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol reported.

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According to preliminary investigation, at around 2:20 p.m. Owens was headed south on Ohio 235 in her 2012 Hyundai when she went left of center. She struck a 2010 Toyota Tacoma headed north, driven by Littlejohn. A passenger in the Tacoma, Harvey Zimmerman, 87, of Christiansburg, was taken by squad to Miami Valley Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, the patrol stated. 

Neither alcohol nor drugs are considered to be factors in the crash that remains under investigation.

UPDATE @ 3:25 p.m.

CareFlight has been dispatched to the scene of the accident, we will update you with the latest details. 


Multiple people are reportedly trapped and possibly injured in a crash on North Dayton Lakeview Road this afternoon.

The crash was reported around 2:30 p.m. in the 5700 block of North Dayton Lakeview.

A medical helicopter was reportedly placed on standby for the crash.

We’re working to gather additional information on the crash.

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