Jupiter, Mars and Venus visible this morning

Published: Monday, November 13, 2017 @ 6:03 AM
Updated: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 2:16 AM

A great line up of planets Thursday.

Mars, Venus and Jupiter will be close together in the early morning sky this morning.

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Mars will be the highest in the eastern sky with Venus above Jupiter, and both planets close to the eastern horizon. The waning crescent moon will be your guide. 

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini talks about where and when to look for these visible planets.

The moon will be above Mars with Jupiter and Venus right along the horizon on Tuesday.

Thursday, the moon will be between Mars (above) and Venus/Jupiter. 

Head outside about an hour before sunrise which is around 7:15 a.m. and look to the east.

Don't forget to share your photos with us using the hashtag #SkyWitness7.

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WINTER STORM ADVISORY, WARNING in effect until 1 p.m. Wednesday

Published: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 @ 3:31 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 @ 12:02 AM

Snow will spread into the Miami Valley again tonight, with a bigger impact expected on the Wednesday morning commute. Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell has the latest on this storm and it's potential impact on the Valley.
  • Snow arriving overnight; Most will pick up 1 to 3 inches 
  • UPDATE: Winter Storm Warning, 10 tonight through 1 p.m. Wednesday: Clinton, Warren
  • UPDATE: Winter Weather Advisory, 10 tonight through 1 p.m. Wednesday: Butler, Champaign, Clark, Greene, Montgomery, Darke, Preble, Miami, Union (Indiana), Wayne (Indiana)
  • Expect messy morning commute

Graphic created by Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.

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Tonight: Snow likely after midnight, continuing through the early morning. Snow may mix with freezing rain and sleet near I-71. Temperatures will hold in the 20s. 

>> Snow returns this morning, more on the way

Today: Snow will taper in the morning. Accumulations of 1 to 3 inches expected for Dayton and areas north and west. Amounts as much as 4 to 5 inches possible southeast of Dayton to near I-71. Some ice accumulation, up to two-tenths of an inch possible in the far southern Miami Valley. Skies will remain mostly cloudy into the afternoon with a chance of flurries or light snow showers redeveloping in the early evening. Highs will hold in the upper 20s.

>> School business closings & delays

Thursday: Ready for some sun? Expect partly sunny skies and chilly temperatures with highs in the upper 20s.

>> Winter Weather Awareness: How does salt help melt ice on roads?

Friday: Mostly cloudy skies. Some flurries will be possible in the far northern Miami Valley. Highs will rebound into the upper 30s.

Saturday: Expect mostly cloudy skies with a chance for rain and/or snow showers late in the evening. Highs will be near 40 degrees.

Sunday: Rain or snow showers will be likely in the morning, changing to snow showers in the afternoon as temperatures fall through the 30s. 

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Multiple crashes reported across the region

Published: Sunday, February 04, 2018 @ 1:30 PM
Updated: Monday, February 05, 2018 @ 8:10 AM

A crash involving two semis and an SUV is causing backups on I-75 near Vandalia.

Roadways are ice and snow-covered, and there are numerous reports of slide-offs and crashes across the region.

  • On westbound U.S. 35 just before I-75 in Dayton, a crash with injuries was reported in the left lane around 8:10 a.m. 
  • On Interstate 75 south, between U.S. 40 and Interstate 70, a crash has the right-hand lanes closed at 7:26 a.m.
  • On I-75 north between Ohio 129 and Ohio 63 in Butler County, a crash is reported but traffic is moving at 7:15 a.m. 
  • On northbound Interstate 75 at the 38 mile marker in Springboro, a single-vehicle crash was reported around 5:40 a.m.
  • On westbound U.S. 35 west of Woodman Drive in Riverside, a crash was reported around 5:15 a.m.
  • On the ramp from U.S. 68 to westbound U.S. 35 Bypass,  a semi-tractor trailer jackknifed early Friday morning. The ramp was closed for several hours and reopened around 6:15 a.m. No one was injured.
  • On Grange Hall Road at Dayton Xenia Road in Beavercreek, an adult male was taken to an area hospital after his four-wheeler rolled over on him while he was doing donuts in a parking lot, police said.
  • Southbound Interstate 75 at the 66 mile marker just south of Tipp City reopened around 1 a.m. after at least three vehicles were reportedly involved in a collision. An officer’s cruiser was reportedly involved.
  • Numerous slide-offs have been reported on all area highways

>> Interstate 75 reopens after multi-vehicle crash closes highway; 2 injured

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“We have seen some rain and with the cold air coming in we are seeing some of that rain freeze over,” said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. 

Some rain moving through Sunday evening froze over, leading to a thin sheet of ice. Steady snow then fell through the evening.

>> Snow emergencies issued across region

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Blizzard of 1978: Today marks daily snowfall record anniversary

Published: Thursday, January 25, 2018 @ 6:38 AM

A look back at some photos and stats from this historical storm.

If you think we’ve had a rough winter so far, at least it’s not a repeat of 1978.

On Jan. 26, the storm dropped over a foot of snow; this date still holds the record for the most snow in Dayton in a 24-hour period, according to Dayton Daily News archives.

The 40th anniversary of the Blizzard of 1978 is this week. The blizzard lasted three days, from Jan. 25 until Jan. 27, 1978.

>> 3 times Dayton snowstorms were so big, you actually should have bought bread and milk

>> Meet the people who braved the Blizzard of 1978 to broadcast on the radio and run wreckers in the havoc

The National Guard was called in to help deliver supplies and rescue those stuck in the snow. Interstate 75 was closed for four days, air traffic was halted at the airport, and RTA and the postal servic both halted service.

>> Weather anniversary: The 2004 snowstorm that buried the Miami Valley 

Dayton officials estimated the blizzard caused over $4 million in damages, according to the archives.

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Weather alerts continue; blowing snow will keep roads slick

Published: Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 3:23 AM
Updated: Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 11:50 PM

A wintry mess will lead to a slippery evening commute.

Snow turns into flurries overnight, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Total snow accumulation is expected between 2 and 4 inches for most, with isolated higher amounts closer to the Interstate 71 corridor. Gusty winds will create blowing and drifting snow overnight. Temperatures will drop in to the lower teens by morning.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY in effect through 10 a.m. Saturday for entire region, except for Clinton County, which is under a Winter Storm Warning until 10 a.m. Saturday.

PHOTOS: Ice, snow hits the Miami Valley


  • Snow tapers off overnight
  • Blowing snow will keep roads slick
  • More snow coming Monday
West Milton roads are snow covered in Miami County

PHOTOS: Ice, snow hits the Miami Valley


  • Snow tapers off overnight
  • Blowing snow will keep roads slick
  • More snow coming Monday

>> WHIO Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar

(Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

>> WHIO Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar


Saturday: Clouds will linger with a chance for flurries. Highs will hold in the upper teens with wind chills near zero.

(Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

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Sunday: Skies will remain mostly cloudy. Temperatures will stay cold, only reaching into the upper teens.

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Monday: Cloudy with snow developing. Some accumulation possible. Highs will be in the upper 20s.

(Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

Tuesday: Skies will be mostly cloudy with frigid temperatures only in the lower teens. Gusty winds will hold wind chills between minus 10 and minus 15.

Wednesday: Some sunshine returns but it stays cold with highs only in the upper teens.

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