log in to manage your profile and account
- Create your account
- Receive up-to-date newsletters
- Set up text alerts
Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 8:05 PM
Updated: Saturday, December 09, 2017 @ 12:00 AM
MIAMI VALLEY — The weather pattern that has enveloped the region can be very conducive to "clipper systems."
RELATED: How is wind chill calculated?
These storm systems originate from Canada and move rapidly across the Great Lakes. They usually bring quick bursts of light to moderate snow along with gusty winds. They also typically bring a rapid drop in temperatures after they move by.
RELATED: Get the latest forecast
But there are several different names given to these clipper systems depending on where they originate.
The most common Canadian storm system is called the "Alberta Clipper."
But there also are two more names if the systems develop in the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 3:34 AM
Updated: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 4:03 PM
— QUICK-LOOK FORECAST
Tonight: Clouds will thicken tonight with rain showers developing, mainly after midnight, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Eric Elwell. Temperatures fall through the 50s and will be near freezing by Tuesday morning. Rain may change to freezing rain towards daybreak near or north of I-70
Tuesday: A wintry mix early will likely change over to a cold rain through the middle of the day with temperatures in the lower 40s. However, colder air will usher back in during the evening, causing the rain to change to snow. All snow is expected Tuesday night with accumulations likely.
Wednesday: Snow will be likely early then taper off by midday. Snowfall accumulation will range from 2 to 4-inches with isolated areas picking up higher amounts. Clouds will linger through the day with gusty winds and temperatures in the middle to upper 30s.
Thursday: Skies will be mostly sunny with highs holding in the upper 30s.
Friday: Expect lots of sunshine with clouds increasing late. Highs will reach the middle 40s.
Saturday: Clouds will thicken with a chance for rain or snow late in the day or evening. Highs will reach the lower 40s.
Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 12:01 AM
— WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE—A cool start to the work week is expected, but temperatures are again expected to climb close to the middle 50s this afternoon, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar.
RELATED: County-by-County Weather
Most of today will be dry with clouds on the increase, but the chance for rain returns later this evening and tonight.
With temperatures falling below freezing around midnight, it’s looking like some of the rain may change over to a wintry mix.
Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 2:31 PM
— During the winter months you may often hear about snow, sleet and freezing rain.
Each has its own hazards, but freezing rain can create hidden dangers on the roads, more than the others. Unlike snow or sleet on pavement, freezing rain can appear wet, but is actually a sheet of ice and will leave no traction for drivers.
Freezing rain forms in the clouds just like snow, but it’s what happens after the snowflake leaves the cloud that changes everything. During a freezing rain event the air within the cloud is cold enough to produce a snowflake.
If the snowflake falls into air below the cloud that is above freezing, it will melt into a raindrop. This droplet will continue to fall as rain as long as the environment remains above 32 degrees.
Since cold air is more dense than warm air, sometimes a thin layer of subfreezing air may settle to the surface cooling the ground. If this occurs, once the droplet hits anything that is below 32 degrees it will freeze on contact. Typically, elevated objects such as trees, overpasses and power lines are the first to accumulate ice. If freezing rain continues for an extended period of time, ice may become so thick that numerous accidents and power outages may occur.
Published: Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 6:53 AM
Updated: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 1:27 PM
— A storm system will approach the Miami Valley just in time for St. Patrick's Day, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. Early Saturday morning the system will bring freezing rain and possible ice acccumulation.
Slick roads and icy sidewalks could be an issue beginning at 4am Saturday, and last through noon.
Prior to sunrise Saturday, freezing rain is set to move in from the west. This will become more widespread around sunrise and that’s when ice accumulation will start to become a big issue. This will continue through the morning hours but by 10am or 11am, we should start to see a transition over to rain as temperatures climb above freezing. Untreated surfaces however are likely to still be icy through lunch time.