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See Santa for last time tonight at Cincinnati Zoo; Fiona shows how she rolls

Published: Saturday, December 23, 2017 @ 12:55 PM

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
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Tonight is the last day to visit Santa Claus at the PNC Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

The lights display that turns the zoo into a “wild wonderland” is in its 35th year and features three million LED lights. It starts at 5 p.m., but Santa visits start at 4 p.m.

Santa on Friday delivered presents to some of the zoo animals, including tigers and other big cats, gorillas, monkeys and even a giant lizard.

Of course, Santa couldn’t forget Fiona, the zoo’s beloved baby hippo. And today, her care takers couldn’t resist sharing how she rolls as she swims with her mother, Bibi, on social media.

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Winter in full swing; Another cold blast sends temps to well below freezing

Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 10:30 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 4:18 AM

Snow started falling late Sunday and will continue through Monday.

Days and days of frigid air and multiple storms are so far marking the winter of 2017-18 in the Dayton region.  

>> RELATED: Wind Chill Advisory in effect until afternoon; drivers should watch for snow lingering roads

Champaign and Logan counties remain under a Level One snow emergency as of Tuesday morning. Roadways throughout the region are slick because of the thin covering of ice and snow left behind after a day of snow showers.

A wind chill advisory that went into effect at 11 Monday night will remain in effect until Tuesday afternoon. 

Scattered snow showers during the Monday afternoon commute left behind a dusting to 2 inches.  

Two trucks got stuck when they tried to drive onto private property.

Current traffic conditions from the WHIO traffic center

Drivers should accelerate and deaccelerate more slowly during bad weather and drive a speed reasonable for the conditions, said Sgt. Mark Bowron, traffic reporter for WHIO Radio. 

RELATED: Check for delays or cancellations before heading to the airport

Braking on icy roads takes much longer than on dry pavement, increasing stopping times 8 to 10 seconds, Bowron said. On dry pavement, stop times usually fall in a range of 3 to 4 seconds.

Here are some Monday snowfall totals in local communities:

Troy 1.3 inches

Celina 1.0 inch

Dayton International Airport 0.9 inches

Lebanon 0.5 inches

West Alexandria 0.5 inches

Bellefontaine 0.9 inches

Springfield 0.8 inches

Xenia 0.6 inches

Fairborn 2.0 inches

Versailles 1.0 inch

Sidney 1.0 inch

Lebanon 0.5 inches 

RELATED: Timing of next round of snow

Tuesday is predicted to have wind chills dipping in a range of 10 below to 15 below zero. The high temperature on Tuesday will hover around 10 degrees. 

RELATED: Closings and Delays

Wind chill advisory now in effect until Tuesday afternoon

Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 3:29 AM
Updated: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 11:19 PM

Snow then bitter cold.

A Wind Chill Advisory is now in effect until 3 p.m. Tuesday as wind chill values dip to 10 below to 15 below zero.

At last check, Champaign Logan counties remain under a Level One snow emergency.


RELATED: Timing of next round of snow


  • Wind chills from 5 below to 15 below zero overnight
  • Blowing snow, black ice possible
  • Slow warming trend through week ahead

RELATED: Closings and Delays

Road conditions along interstate 70 in Clark County.


TONIGHT: Skies will be mostly cloudy. Some passing flurries. Gusty winds will create some blowing and drifting snow, mainly in rural areas. 

RELATED: Keep Informed: The many ways to track the storm

TUESDAY: A wind chill advisory that began Monday night remains in effect through 3 p.m. Skies will be partly to mostly cloudy. Temperatures will hold to around 10 degrees with wind chill readings staying anywhere from 5 below to 15 below zero as wind gusts continue. Some flurries will be possible toward evening.

RELATED: Lose power in the cold? Here’s what to do

WEDNESDAY: After another bitter start, temperatures will top out in the upper teens for highs despite a mix of sun and clouds. 

THURSDAY: Skies will be mostly sunny. Temperatures will slowly moderate, climbing into the upper 20s. It will be breezy at times.

RELATED: Winter Storm: 4 ways you can prepare

FRIDAY: Expect some increase in clouds late in the day. Otherwise skies will be partly cloudy with highs rebounding into the middle 30s. It will be breezy at times. 

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SATURDAY: Clouds will thicken through the day with a chance for a few passing showers or drizzle. It will be breezy but milder with highs in the middle 40s. 

University to open Trotwood satellite office

Published: Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 5:39 PM


Central State University is planning a new satellite office in Trotwood.

The new location in the Trotwood Civic and Cultural Arts Center will bring agricultural programming to the northwest Montgomery County suburb.

RELATED: Trotwood receives grants to renovate Cultural Arts Center

“As a land-grant institution, our Extension and Research activities bring vital and practical information to agricultural producers, small business owners, consumers, families, and young people,” Dr. Alton B. Johnson, Central State dean and director of College of Science and Engineering 1890 Land-Grant Programs.

Central State President Cynthia Jackson-Hammond and Trotwood Mayor Mary McDonald signed the official memorandum of understanding today to mark the new partnership.

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“With the City of Trotwood being two-thirds rural as well as the number of alumni who reside in our community, it was only a natural fit that we partner with Central State University to bring agricultural programming to the City,” McDonald said.

Jackson-Hammond said at the signing ceremony that part of the university’s goal is to support young people, who will then be more likely to support their community in return.

“When you make an influence or impact on young people, they tend to have a greater commitment to their community. They don’t go off looking for greener grass in another community or another city or another state, because they have now become invested in their community and that’s the kind of interest we hope we will develop,” said Jackson-Hammond.

The community center where the satellite office will be located is set to be reopened after being closed for eight years after it underwent a renovation with the help of more than $400,000 in state and county funds.

McDonald said previously that the city officals wanted to attract organizations to use the space after the renovation in order to bring more services to the community.

Watch out for slick spots on roads; tips for driving in snow

Published: Saturday, December 30, 2017 @ 12:50 PM
Updated: Sunday, December 31, 2018 @ 10:13 AM

Downtown Dayton Snow

There have been a few reports of non-injury crashes from slick roads as a result of snow showers across the Miami Valley.

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>> Possible record-breaking wind chill for New Year’s Eve

AAA recommends the following tips for driving in the snow:

  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads. 
  • Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly. 
  • The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop. 
  • Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, the best way to stop is threshold breaking. Keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal. 
  • Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it. 
  • Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed down hill as slowly as possible. 
  • Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill. 
  • Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors.