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Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 8:15 AM
— THE SET UP
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.
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.
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.
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 3:32 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 8:55 PM
— Mainly clear skies are in the forecast this evening with temperatures slowly falling through the 30s, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.
Friday: Skies will be mostly sunny with temperatures rebounding into the middle 40s.
Saturday: Skies will be cloudy with snow likely, especially south. The snow may be heavy with accumulation likely depending on the storm track. Highs will hold in the upper 30s.
Sunday: Skies will clear with temperatures climbing back into the lower 40s.
Monday: Clouds will be on the increase. Temperatures will rebound to near 50 degrees.
Tuesday: Milder temperatures arrive but so will the threat for showers. Highs will top out in the middle 50s.
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 3:59 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 11:35 PM
— Skies will clear with temperatures dropping into the lower 20s overnight, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Some refreeze of slushy areas likely, which could lead to some slick spots.
Thursday: Sunny skies will return with unseasonable temperatures holding in the lower 40s.
Friday: Sunshine will start the day but clouds will increase late. Highs will rebound into the middle 40s.
Saturday: Snow will push across the Miami Valley. The snow may mix with rain in the afternoon, especially south. Some snow accumulation will be possible. It will become blustery with highs holding in the upper 30s.
Sunday: Skies will clear with highs in the lower 40s.
Monday: Sunshine is expected to start the day with increasing clouds late. It will be milder with highs in the upper 40s.
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:49 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 7:00 PM
— The morning commute was snow-filled across the region with snowfall between 2 and 7 inches across the region. There were dozens of slide-offs but no life-threatening injury accidents.
Check out the timelapse of our Breaking News Team Storm Tracker vehicle’s trek to work this morning from Englewood to Dayton.
HOW MUCH SNOW DID YOU GET?
Here are the latest snow totals received by this news organization from NWS trained spotters:
Oxford: 4 inches
Fairfield: 1.9 inches
Hamilton: 2 inches
St. Paris: 5 inches
Bethel: 2 inches
Enon: 2.2 inches
Springfield: 1.2 inches
Arcanum: 3.5 inches
Greenville: 5 inches
Bradford: 3.4 inches
Clifton: 2.8 inches
Bellbrook: 2.5 inches
Fairborn: 2.5 inches
Bellefontaine: 3.3 inches
Celina: 3 inches
Troy: 5.5 inches
Piqua: 1.5 inches
Brookville: 3.8 inches
Centerville: 2.5 inches
Dayton International Airport: 1.7 inches
Kettering: 2.2 inches
Miamisburg: 2.5 inches
West Alexandria: 4.5 inches
Sidney: 7 inches
Botkins: 3.3 inches
Lebanon: 2 inches
Maineville: 2.9 inches
WAYNE COUNTY, INDIANA:
Richmond: 2 inches
ADDITIONAL WEATHER CONTENT:
Published: Monday, January 08, 2018 @ 7:48 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 6:03 AM
— 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:
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.