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Fall weather returning to the Miami Valley

Published: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 @ 5:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 @ 2:38 PM

Another warm and humid day before a cold front brings the chance of a few isolated showers this afternoon.

A cold front that moves through this afternoon will bring some scattered clouds and maybe a passing shower, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs. 


  • Cooler air moving in behind cold front tonight
  • Much more like fall the rest of the week into the weekend
  • Little, if any, rain expected next five days

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


5 Day Forecast with Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell

This evening: Partly cloudy skies are in the forecast with a slight chance for a passing shower early, mainly east of I-75. Temperatures will cool back into the 70s.

Tonight: Clearing skies and cooler. Temperatures will fall into the lower 50s by morning.

Thursday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds with noticeably cooler conditions as fall-like air arrives. Temperatures will hold to around 70 degrees.

>> County-by-County Forecast

Friday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds. There is a slight chance for a passing shower across the far northern Miami Valley in the afternoon. Highs will be in the lower 70s.

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Saturday: Mostly sunny skies and even cooler temperatures are expected with highs holding in the upper 60s.

Sunday: Lots of sunsine will wrap up the weekend with pleasant temperatures in the lower 70s.

Monday: It will be mostly sunny and warmer. Highs will be in the middle 70s.

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Snow emergencies: What do the levels mean?

Published: Monday, January 08, 2018 @ 7:48 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 6:03 AM

Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell explains the different criteria involved in issuing Winter Weather advisories, watches, or warnings

Sheriff’s offices and departments collaborate with county emergency managers to determine whether current conditions with the weather and roadways constitute issuing a snow emergency level.

As of 6 a.m:

  • Augalize: Advisory 1
  • Champaign: Level 1

>> Live Doppler 7 Radar

Snow emergency definitions:

LEVEL 1: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.

LEVEL 2: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be very icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work. Motorists should use extreme caution.

LEVEL 3: All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be driving during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel or a personal emergency exists. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Those traveling on the roads may subject themselves to arrest.

>> School business closings and delays


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Snow totals: How much are you waking up to?

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:49 AM

Snow in yard on U.S. 68 between Urbana and Springfield. Photo by iWitness 7 contributor Jennifer Switzer
Snow in yard on U.S. 68 between Urbana and Springfield. Photo by iWitness 7 contributor Jennifer Switzer

Some areas are already seeing over three inches of snow this morning.

Overall snow totals are expected to be between 3 and 5 inches, with some areas seeing closer to 6 inches. Butler and Warren counties are under a Winter Storm Warning, while the rest of the area is under a Winter Weather Advisory.

>> Winter Storm Advisory in effect; 3-5 inches of snow expected as gusts cause blowing, drifting

Here are current snow totals received by this news organization:

Dayton Airport: 1.7 inches

West Alexandria: 1.5 inches

Arcanum: 3.5 inches

Troy: 5.5 inches

St. Paris: 5 inches

Bellefontaine: 3.3 inches

Greenville: 2 inches

Bradford: 2.5 inches

Miamisburg: 2.5 inches

Piqua: 1.5 inches

Richmond, Ind.: 2 inches

Oxford (Butler County): 1.5 inches

Fairfield (Butler County): 1.9 inches


>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

>> How the winter storm will impact your morning commute, travel plans

>> Crashes reported as snow, wind cause slick roads, poor visibility 

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Winter Storm Advisory in effect; 3-5 inches of snow expected as gusts cause blowing, drifting

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 3:59 AM

Downtown AM Snow 1

Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Butler and Warren Counties, and a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the entire area until 8 p.m. today. Snow has been falling steady overnight. Roads are snow covered, and gusty winds will also impact visibility.  Overall, snow totals will be 3 to 5 inches with some spots getting closer to 6 inches. 

>> TRACK the latest conditions with Live Doppler 7 Radar


  • Widespread snow and gusty winds for the morning commute
  • Bitter cold tonight
  • Some could see more rain and snow for Saturday

>> School and business delays and closings

>> How the winter storm will impact your morning commute, travel plans


Today: Widespread snow will continue to fall steady through the late morning, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Intense bursts of snow will be possible this morning. Wind will gust between 20 and 30 mph, and combined with snow, visibility will drop below a mile at times during the morning drive. Snow-covered roads will make the morning drive a challenge.

>> Crashes reported as snow, wind cause slick roads, poor visibility 

Snow will begin to fizzle out around lunch, ending completely in the afternoon hours before the drive home. Overall totals are expected to be between 3 and 5 inches, with some spots closer to 6 inches. Gusty winds around 30 mph will pick up again in the afternoon. Blowing and drifting snow will be possible once the snow stops. 

>> Remember these things when driving in the snow

  • Morning drive: Active widespread snow will continue through the entire commute. Pockets of heavy snow will combine with gusty winds will rapidly drop visibility below a mile at times this morning
  • Evening Drive: Snow showers will have ended, but drivers should still watch untreated areas as well, and blowing and drifting that can occur during the day

Highs today will be in the mid-30s. With fresh snow on the ground and clear skies, temperatures tonight will drop to around 20 degrees. Anything untreated or slushy will refreeze.

Thursday: Some slick spots are possible early. It will be cold with temperatures around 20 degrees. Sunshine will return, helping to melt the snow with highs in the low 40s.

Friday: We’ll have sunshine again early, but it will be chilly with temperatures in the 20s. Highs will climb to the mid-40s. Clouds increase late day ahead of our next system. A wintry mix will push north toward Saturday morning.

Saturday: A wintry mix is possible in the morning followed by some passing rain showers during the day as temperatures climb to around 40. Most of the activity will stay along and south of Interstate 70. Wet flakes will end the night.

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Winter Weather Advisory issued ahead of anticipated accumulating snow

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 3:34 AM
Updated: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 11:35 PM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at the current timing and totals for snowfall this week.


  • Increasing clouds, rain/wintry mix develops late
  • Rain and snow changes to all snow late Tuesday 
  • Accumulating snow likely Tuesday night into Wednesday

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


TONIGHT: Rain moving in and may change to freezing variety or sleet overnight, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Temperatures fall to near freezing by morning.

TUESDAY: A wintry mix early will likely change to a cold rain through the middle of the day with temperatures in the lower 40s. Colder air will usher back in during the evening, causing the rain to change to snow. All snow is expected Tuesday night with likely accumulations. The Winter Weather Advisory for much of the Miami Valley is to go into effect at 8 p.m. and expire at 8 p.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

>> 5-Day Forecast

WEDNESDAY: Snow likely early then tapering 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. 

>> County-by-County Weather

THURSDAY: Skies will be mostly sunny. Highs to hold 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 of rain or snow late in the day or evening. Highs will reach the lower 40s. 

SUNDAY: Expect a chance of rain or snow in the morning with conditions improving in the afternoon. Highs will rebound into the upper 40s. 

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