Solar Eclipse 2017 happening today: How to watch & what to know

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 3:15 AM

WATCH: Eclipse continues in Miami Valley @ 2pm

The 2017 Great American Eclipse is happening today.

The solar eclipse will begin shortly after 1 p.m. in the Miami Valley and will last nearly three hours. 

>> RELATED: What you need to know about the 2017 solar eclipse

Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs will be doing a Facebook Live at 10 a.m. ahead of the eclipse on Dayton Daily News Facebook page. From 1 until 4 p.m., meteorologists will be live on the WHIO Facebook page from the Storm Center 7 studio and the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery.

Here is a photo montage of the eclipse in the Miami Valley taken at 2:01pm

WHIO Radio will have a special live show from 1 until 4 p.m. The special Eclipse show can be listened to live here.

>> WATCH: Here’s what the solar eclipse will look like in the Miami Valley

There are several events planned throughout the Miami Valley today, including over 10 watch parties.

>> RELATED: 11 solar eclipse watch parties in Dayton

Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said there is a slight chance for rain today with some cloud coverage, but there will still be the chance to see the eclipse this afternoon.

Kate Bartley in Tennessee for the eclipse

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Some local schools are closing today out of concern for student safety, while other districts are making plans, as the eclipse will be happening around dismissal time.

>> RELATED: Some local schools close, others make plans for today’s solar eclipse

Since the Miami Valley won’t experience a total solar eclipse, there is a threat and concern that looking directly at the eclipse could cause retina damage to your eyes. If you don’t have a pair of certified eclipse glasses, there are other ways to view the eclipse, including a pinhole projector.

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Animals may be affected by the eclipse, and Director of the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center said it may not be a bad idea to bring pets inside.

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TIMELAPSE: How much snow did you get?

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:49 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 7:00 PM

Hyper-lapse: Morning drive from Miami to Montgomery county

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.

>>Live Doppler 7 Radar

Check out the timelapse of our Breaking News Team Storm Tracker vehicle’s trek to work this morning from Englewood to Dayton.

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Shoveling up to 7 inches of snow in Sidney


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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


Richmond: 2 inches


>> How the winter storm will continue to affect travel plans

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

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Slick spots possible as temperatures drop overnight

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 3:59 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 11:35 PM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks into what other problems you may deal with Wednesday and Thursday on the roads.

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.

>> Clipper-type system could bring snow this weekend


  • Skies slowing clearly, cold overnight
  • Sunshine to return rest of week
  • Weekend storm could bring accumulating snow
Five Day Forecast


>>How much snow did your area receive?

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.

>> Remember these things when driving in the snow

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.

>> WHIO Weather App

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.

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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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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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