Cooler, fall temperatures start to approach Miami Valley 

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 3:39 AM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Warm temperatures are expected this weekend, with rain returning next week in the Dayton area.

It stays quiet and cool overnight with lows near 50 degrees, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Clear and cool overnight
  • Warmer than normal weekend
  • Showers, lower temps next week

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5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

DETAILED FORECAST

Saturday: Plenty of sunshine starts the weekend. Highs will push into the upper 70s, more than 10 degrees above normal. Mostly sunny skies expected through the day.

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Yard Work Forecast(Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Mcall Vrydaghs)

Sunday: Sun will give way to clouds, but it stays dry. It will be another warm day with highs in the middle to upper 70s. More clouds and the chance for showers develop late Sunday night.

>> 5-Day Forecast

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

Monday: It will be cloudy ith showers likely. These showers could become steady, and perhaps heavy at times. It will be cooler with highs in the upper 60s.

Tuesday: A breezy and cool day is expected with a few passing showers possible. Much cooler air will settle into the Miami Valley. Highs only reach into the upper 50s.

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Wednesday: A cold start to what will be a cooler than normal day. Morning temperatures near the upper 30s will only climb to the lower 50s for highs. Lots of clouds will be around with the chance of a few passing showers.

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Rain, snow could impact region this week

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 3:57 AM

Lots of sunshine this week, but cooler than normal.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Lots of sunshine, but chilly today
  • Few showers Tuesday with rain/snow mix possible
  • Quiet for Thanksgiving

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

DETAILED FORECAST

This evening:

Mainly clear skies are expected with temperatures dropping through the 40s. It will still be breezy at times.

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

Tonight: 

Skies will be clear with temperatures not quite as cold, holding in the middle 30s.

Tuesday: 

Clouds will be on the increase through the day. It will be breezy with highs near 50 degrees. A cold front will bring the chance for a few showers after dark. As temperatures drop, showers may mix in with flurries before ending.

>> County-by-County Weather

Wednesday: It will be cold again with temperatures in the morning in the 20s. A slick spot or two on bridges and overpasses can’t be ruled out where there were showers. There will be mostly sunny skies. Highs will only reach the upper 30s, which is about 10 degrees colder than normal.

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Thanksgiving: We’ll have beautiful weather for Thanksgiving this year. It will be cool and sunny with highs in the low 40s and dry from start to finish.

Friday: It will be a frigid morning for Black Friday shoppers as temperatures will start in the upper 20s. Skies will be sunny, so it will warm to the mid-40s. It will stay dry.

Saturday: Expect some showers, mainly in the morning. Temperatures will fall from near 50 early in the day, through the 40s in the afternoon.

The 1950 OSU-Michigan ‘snow bowl’ highlighted one of Ohio’s most famous storms

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 10:55 AM

Vehicles and pedestrians attempt to navigate Main St. in downtown Dayton after nearly a foot of snow fell across the region after Thanksgiving Day in 1950. (Dayton Daily News File)
Vehicles and pedestrians attempt to navigate Main St. in downtown Dayton after nearly a foot of snow fell across the region after Thanksgiving Day in 1950. (Dayton Daily News File)

Thanksgiving week is upon us, and hopefully we all have plenty to be thankful for this year.

Weather-wise, we will also have plenty to be thankful for, as it appears there will be no major storms impacting us or any major travel hubs. However, there could be some minor impact this weekend as a cold front crosses through the Great Lakes, bringing with it a chance for showers Saturday.

Looking back, since 1893 when records started in Dayton, there have been 69 Thanksgivings with measurable precipitation and 54 Thanksgivings without.

Amazingly, we’ve only had 25 Thanksgivings with measurable snowfall in that span.

Of course, if you ask people what Thanksgiving weather they remember, anyone who has been around a long time will tell you about the year of the “snow bowl.”

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That was the Ohio State vs. Michigan football game played at Ohio Stadium on Nov. 25, 1950. On that Saturday, five inches of snow had already fallen before the game kicked off, and it kept falling during the game. Winds gusted to almost 30 mph, creating near white-out conditions at times. It was the worst blizzard to strike Columbus in 37 years. 

Although Ohio State, Michigan and the Big Ten Conference considered canceling the game due to the extreme conditions, they decided to play. If the game had been cancelled, Ohio State would have won the Big Ten title. Instead, Michigan won 9-3 with 27 total yards and without even one first down.

Workers had to repeatedly sweep the lines on the field so that the game could continue. Vic Janowicz kicked a field goal for the only Ohio State points, while Michigan players forced a safety and recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown.

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It was an amazing storm, showing the sheer power of the “gales of November” across the Great Lakes. The storm continued through that weekend with accumulation reaching nearly three feet in parts of eastern Ohio.

Bulldozers were used to clear roads so that ambulances could reach those in need. The Ohio National Guard had to transport people to hospitals and deliver food to rural areas. Wires and trees were blown down by winds as high as 60 mph. Many buildings collapsed under the weight of two to three feet of snow, with even deeper drifts. 

It was 28 years before Ohio saw another similar, historic blizzard — and that one occurred in late January of 1978, which became an even more famous Ohio storm.

Rip Rap Road remains closed in Huber Heights due to high water

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 7:17 PM
Updated: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 4:05 AM

Over 3 inches of rain brings the Stillwater River and the Great Miami River out of its banks in the usual areas over the weekend.

UPDATE @4 a.m. (Nov. 20):

Rip Rap Road near Chambersburg is closed due to high water.

Covington-Bradford Road north of Covington also remains closed due to high water at the Stillwater River, according to officials.

>> RELATED: Cool and sunny today, rain/snow mix possible Tuesday evening

UPDATE @ 3:25 p.m. (Nov. 19):

High water remains in several spots across the region following the heavy rain and storms on Saturday. 

Over three inches of rain brought the Stillwater River and the Great Miami River in Miami County out of its banks in the usual areas Saturday. 

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The Covington-Bradford Road North of Covington is closed due to high water at the Stillwater River.

North of Troy, the Knoop Jr. Baseball Complex is about 5’ deep.

In Troy, the newly renovated Treasure Island along the Great Miami River has flooded.The Boat House Restaurant is unaffected, as the flood waters are up to the back of the amphitheater.

Flood Warnings remain in effect for Auglaize and Darke counties through Sunday afternoon. The Great Miami River at Sidney is under a Flood Warning until 8 p.m. Sunday and the Great Miami River at Troy is also under a Flood Warning until 6 a.m. Monday.

VIDEO shows flooding in Park Layne

FIRST REPORT (Nov. 18):

Strong storms brought heavy rains that continue to threaten the northern parts of the Miami Valley.

Nearly 3 inches of rain fell by this evening in Greenville, Troy and Urbana, and rain exceeded 3 inches across Logan County.

Rain Totals(Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

>> Cold air, snow flurries move in

There were numerous reports of high water, including on roadways in Dayton.

Shelby and Auglaize counties remain under an Arial Flood Warning until 8:15 a.m., while those living in Darke County remain under the same warning until 10:45 a.m. Arial Flood Warnings have also been issued for Champaign and Logan counties until 11 a.m.

In Sidney, there is a flood warning until 10:30 p.m. Sunday for the Great Miami River, which is expected to rise to 10.5 feet, higher than the 10-feet flood stage. It is expected to fall below flood stage by Sunday night.

Contributed by Sheila Gibbons in Sidney.

WPAFB Monday Weather: Temps will warm to upper 40s after cold start

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 2:35 AM

A cold start to our workweek is expected as temperatures will hover in the middle 20s as we start the day.

Skies will be mostly sunny with winds switching out of the southeast. Milder air will be pushed northward allowing temperatures, while cool, to push into the upper 40s.

Clear skies return tonight with some increasing in clouds and wind gusts on Tuesday.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

A cold front will bring the threat for a few passing light showers Tuesday evening. As colder air moves back in, a few flurries will be possible Tuesday night before the precipitation ends.

>> 5-day forecast

Dry and chilly conditions are expected for midweek into Thanksgiving Day.