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Wind Chill Advisory in effect; minus 20 wind chills possible overnight

Published: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 3:46 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 11:10 PM

Brutally cold again tonight with a few flurries possible late day.

A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect with mainly clear skies and bitter cold. “Wind chills are expected to fall below minus 10 degrees with some as low as 20 below zero by morning,” Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said. The advisory is in effect until noon Wednesday for the entire region, except for Randolph County, Indiana, where the advisory ends at 7 a.m. Wednesday.

>> What does wind chill mean and how is it calculated? 

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Wind chills between minus 10 and minus 20 tonight
  • Below freezing temperatures into the weekend
  • Few flurries or snow showers Wednesday and Thursday evening

>> School Closings and Delays 

Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs.

>> Download the WHIO Winter Weather App to track conditions on your mobile device

DETAILED FORECAST

WEDNESDAY: A frigid morning with temperatures near zero and wind chills ranging between 10 below zero and 20 below zero. Clouds are expected to gradually increase through the day as a cold front approaches from the north, Vrydaghs said. Temperatures will reach highs near 20 degrees but wind chills will make it feel like the single digits. A few passing snow flurries or snow showers are possible towards the late afternoon and evening. “We’re not expected much more snow to stick than a possible dusting in some spots,” Vrydaghs said. Overnight lows will fall back into the lower single digits but will feel close to zero. 

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Feels Like Temperatures for Wednesday Morning(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs)

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THURSDAY: A cold start to the day once again with temperatures starting out in the single digits. Mostly cloudy skies are expected with a few passing lake-effect show snowers in the evening, mainly in northern counties. Highs for the day will be in the lower teens but will drop quickly into the night. Lows will be below zero by Friday morning. 

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PHOTOS: Cold weather blasts the Miami Valley

FRIDAY: Sub-zero temperatures to start the day with wind chill values as cold as 15 below zero. Some sunshine during the day, but still a cold day with highs only in the upper single-digits.

>> Frostbite injuries reported as temperatures plummet 

Sub-Zero Temperatures Coming(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs)

>> Record low temperatures continue to drop for the new year

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny skies and frigid temperatures. Temperatures will start around 7 below zero and only reach a daytime high in the lower teens.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy skies, finally with a break in the bitter cold. Highs will climb into the lower 30s as rain and snow showers develop into the evening. 

Meteorite spotting in Ohio, Michigan, Canada

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 10:06 PM

Meteorite spotted over midwestern states

The fireball lit up the sky Tuesday just after 8 p.m.

>>Bitter cold temperatures to continue

The dashboard cam video was shared by Mike Austin as he was driving north on I-75 near Bloomfield Hills, north of Detroit, Michigan. 

The fireball was also seen from northwest Ohio and southwest Ontario, Canada. 

It is not known whether the meteorite dissipated in the atmosphere or made it to the ground or into Lake Michigan.

Crews on scene of house fire on Kensington Drive in Dayton

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 10:08 PM

Crews are on the scene of a house fire in the 1900 block of Kensington Drive in Dayton. 

We're hearing there is fire in the attic of the 1-1/2 story dwelling. Crews were dispatched about 9:45 p.m. 

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We're also hearing that everyone who was inside has been able to escape without injury. 

We have a crew on the way. We will update this developing report. Stay with whio.com for breaking news. 

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newdesk@cmgohio.com 

Warren County’s Massie Twp. meeting tonight over fire department future

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:43 AM


            The Massie Twp. Board of Trustees has called a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. today to discuss the future of the township fire department.
The Massie Twp. Board of Trustees has called a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. today to discuss the future of the township fire department.

The Massie Twp. Board of Trustees called a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. today to discuss the future of the township fire department.

Fire Chief Scott Hines, the department’s only paid employee, resigned on Jan. 2 after learning he was under scrutiny for purchasing food for firefighters, and part of the department’s entirely volunteer force resigned too.

“They left us with a skeleton crew,” Trustee David Crisenbery said this morning.

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The township, home to about 1,500 residents, is on the south side of Caesar Creek Lake. The department handles emergency calls from the lake.

Since Hines’ resignation, fire and emergency calls are being handled by the remaining department along with mutual aid from fire departments in Wayne Twp., Warren County, and Chester Twp., Clinton County.

The trustees are also weighing creating a joint fire district with Chester Twp. with new levies supporting the operation.

“That is the goal,” Trustee Daryl McKinney said.

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A larger district qualifies for more grants, McKinney said.

The Massie Twp department operates on a $92,000 budget from two levies.

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Crisenbery said the township could seek an additional local levy to fund part-time paid firefighters. Also, Hines’ replacement could be picked, Crisenbery added.

“Anything’s possible tonight,” Crisenbery said. “All options, I feel, should be on the table.”

Hines said he was working with the Village of Harveysburg on creating a fire department, taking over fire and ambulance services within its municipal limits within Massie Twp.

He accused Trustee Mark Dawson of “micromanaging” him for more than two years.

“I just got tired of it,” he said.

Dawson could not be reached to respond.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the township fire station, 10 N. Harveysburg Road.

Deflating tires to drive on ice, snow can be dangerous trick, experts say

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 8:54 PM

Deflating tires to drive on ice, snow can be a dangerous trick

Some drivers say they have a trick to keep from slipping and sliding in ice and snow -- they let some air out of their tires. 

Experts say it can help, but it can also be dangerous. 

Ralph Creamer of Dayton said it's a technique he started using years ago on the job. 

"I answered calls and I lowered the tire pressure and that helped me out," Creamer told News Center 7’s Rachel Murray. "It gives you good traction and I would recommend it if the snow is deep enough." 

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Under-inflation works by increasing the surface area of the tire - increasing the area where the rubber meets the road. 

"If you deflate it, the center goes in and it makes the shoulders more pronounced as a footprint on the snow," said Mark Breining, manager of Grismer Tire in Dayton. 

Breining cautions that low tires can be hazardous. 

Low tires create too much tire sidewall flex which makes steering sloppy and it could ruin your tires. 

"If a tire runs consistently below 25 percent of its recommended pressure, it is considered a run-flat over a period of time and should be replaced," said Breining. 

The drag created by under-inflated tires will also hit you in the wallet by decreasing gas mileage. 

If you are considering this tactic check with a professional first. 

Buying quality tires is an even better option than under-inflation, according to Breining.