Snow showers, flurries through night will cause some slick spots

Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 3:37 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 11:40 PM

Feeling like winter with a few flurries or snow showers today.

Flurries and snow showers will taper off early overnight with clouds breaking, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. It will be cold with temperatures dropping into the lower 20s and wind chills in the lower teens.


  • Passing flurries through early overnight
  • Slicks spots possible overnight
  • Clearing, staying cool to end the week

>> Fatal crash, multiple slide-offs reported on Interstate 75 due to slick roads

>> WHIO Live Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


Friday: Elwell said he does not anticipate a repeat of Thursday morning’s troubled, icy commute. 

“However, slick spots will be possible through the night and into the morning. Just not as widespread as this morning,” Elwell said.

Expect some sunshine early with scattered clouds in the afternoon. It will remain chilly and blustery with highs in the upper 30s.

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Saturday: Sunshine will start the weekend with temperatures closer to average. Highs will rebound into the lower 40s.

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Sunday: Clouds will return but it should remain dry. Gusty winds will develop through the day out of the east, perhaps as high as 30 mph late in the day. Highs will be in the lower 40s.

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Monday: Partly cloudy skies will start the workweek with blustery conditions. Highs will hold to around 40 degrees.

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Icy Thursday morning. Windy afternoon.
Tuesday: Sunshine returns but it will be chilly with highs in the upper 30s.

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St. Patrick’s Day: Freezing rain could impact celebration

Published: Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 6:53 AM
Updated: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 1:27 PM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini breaks down the next system that can impact your St. Patty's Day.

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. 

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

  • Back roads and sidewalks may be untreated
  • Be aware of slippery surfaces if starting your party early
  • Winter Weather Advisory early Saturday so wear an extra layer for outdoor festivities. 


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.

>> 5-Day Weather Forecast

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Slick spots across Miami Valley overnight

Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 3:27 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 @ 11:35 PM

Snow in downtown Dayton

A few passing flurries still will be possible overnight along with some slick spots, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Temperatures will drop into the lower 20s by morning.


  • Flurries still possible overnight
  • Slick spots likely in the morning
  • Calmer but cool weather rest of the week

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


Wednesday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds with more clouds arriving in the evening. A few passing snow showers will be possible in the evening. Highs will reach into the upper 30s.

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Thursday: Skies will be partly cloudy with moderating temperatures into the middle 40s.

Friday: Mostly sunny skies will wrap up the week although it will be colder and blustery with highs in the upper 30s.

>> County-by-County Weather

Snow squalls on I-75 North off of Exit 38 in Franklin

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Saturday: More clouds will be around with a chance for a passing shower to the south. Highs will reach into the middle 40s.

Sunday: A nice end to the weekend is in the forecast under mostly sunny skies and highs reaching into the lower 50s.

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Victim killed in I-75 crash in Tipp City identified

Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 4:14 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 12:29 PM

SCENE: fatal crash reported on SB US 75 in Tipp City

UPDATE @ 12:30 p.m.: 

The Miami County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim of a fatal crash on Interstate 75 in Tipp City as Ibrahimi Abdelmaguid, 49, of Dearborn Heights, Michigan. 

Additional details were not available. 

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UPDATE @6:39 a.m.

One person died when two semi-tractor trailers collided on Interstate 75 in Tipp City during white-out conditions Thursday morning.

According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, one semi rear-ended another semi, lost control and struck the median wall in the crash on southbound I-75. The driver of the at-fault semi was taken to Upper Valley Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. A passenger in the sleeper section was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the semi that was struck was not hurt.

>> Multiple crashes, slide-offs reported due to slick roads conditions

Troopers said white-out conditions are to blame for the crash.


Interstate 75 is extremely slick with at least one fatal crash reported and multiple slide-offs.

A fatal crash was reported on southbound I-75 between the 69 and 70 mile markers in the Tipp City area shortly before 4 a.m., according to reports. 

Our crew in the area said the highway is extremely slick, and video shows the highway is a sheet of ice. Anyone on highways should use extreme caution.

We are working to learn more about the fatal crash.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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What caused the icy, slick commute Thursday morning?

Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 8:15 AM

A Flash Freeze occurs when there’s a rapid drop in temperatures causing a quick freeze of water already on the ground from rain or melted snow. A flash freeze is different from freezing rain. Freezing rain is when rain hits roads and other surfaces that are at 32 degrees or below and freezes on contact. Ice created by a flash freeze isn’t any slicker than ice from freezing rain or from a gradual temperature drop.


A set up of not only snow but also ice led to widespread problems Thursday morning, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Overnight a burst of snow moved across most of the Miami Valley. The fluffy flakes quickly accumulated on the road and grass. What made Thursday morning more dangerous was that the road temperatures were above freezing initially. This allowed some of the snow to melt on contact. Sub-freezing air then led to some ice and slick roads. 

>> Slick spots on area roads after overnight snow

Temperatures overnight had dropped into the 20s. The cold air and light breeze allowed any moisture or slightly melted snow to start to refreeze and ice over. This made for a dangerous commute, especially before sunrise because the roads looked wet. Bridges and overpasses, which are elevated, are exposed to the cold air on the top and bottom of the pavement. Refreeze usually occurs in these spots the fastest. Salting the roads, some sunshine and temperatures climbing above freezing are all ways to improve a dangerous morning drive. 

 >> Semi passenger killed in I-75 crash during white-out conditions


This afternoon some pop up snow showers are still possible. Winds will also pick up. Wind gusts will range from 25-35 mph out of the west/northwest. This means drivers traveling north or south on I-75 or west on I-70 will feel a more direct impact. High profile vehicles should be careful on the roads today. Leave plenty of space around you in case a car swerves.

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