WPAFB Wednesday Forecast: Cold today, warming trend underway

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 1:03 AM

A false alarm in a building led to a temporary gate closure Wednesday night in Area B, a base spokeswoman said.
Staff Writer
A false alarm in a building led to a temporary gate closure Wednesday night in Area B, a base spokeswoman said.(Staff Writer)

While temperatures will still be quite cold, a slow warming trend will get underway today, said Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Some sunshine will return to the area and after starting in the single digits, temperatures will rebound to near 20 degrees this afternoon.

>> WATCH: Meteor shower spotted in Ohio, Michigan, Canada

Skies will be mainly clear tonight through Thursday with temperatures climbing back into the upper 20s Thursday. The warming trend will continue into Friday and through the weekend with highs nearing 50 degrees by Sunday. There will be a slight chance for some patchy light rain or drizzle late Saturday into Sunday.

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Flood advisories expire for area counties; Flood watch continues

Published: Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 3:19 AM
Updated: Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 2:04 AM

Gusty winds and minor flooding possible.

UPDATE @ 1:41 (Feb. 16): All Flood Advisories issued have now expired, according to The National Weather Service Wilmington. 

UPDATE @ 9:55 p.m.: A Flood Advisory has been issued until 1 a.m. for southern Preble and northern Butler counties, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

Flood Advisory has been issued until 12:30 a.m. for southern Wayne, Union and Fayette counties in east central Indiana. The National Weather Service in Wilmington is reporting that radar indicated an area of heavy rain moving through the area -- 1 to 1 ½ inches in the next hour. 

EARLIER REPORT

Flood Watch remains in effect until Friday afternoon for Shelby, Miami, Montgomery, Logan, Champaign, Clark, Greene, Warren and Clinton counties. A half to 1 ½ inches of rain is possible today. Rising water in streams and creeks is possible. Streets may also experience flooding in low lying or or poorly drained spots. Drivers and those who live near streams or rivers should be cautious. 

DETAILED FORECAST

  • Rain and few storms tonight
  • Locally heavy rain possible
  • Threat for a wintry mix late Saturday

>> SOLAR STORM: Could hit parts of Earth this morning

DETAILED FORECAST

THIS EVENING : Rain will be likely. A thunderstorm is also possible. There is a low risk a storm could produce strong winds. Rain could also be heavy at times and produce localized flooding. Temperatures will hold near 60 degrees.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

TONIGHT: Rain will be likely, locally heavy at times. Gusty winds will remain possible. Temperatures will turn colder by morning, dropping into the middle 30s.

Friday:  Widespread rain continues to slowly drift southeast. Showers should be around through about 8 a.m. before exiting completely. Roads will be wet and there will be some high water or ponding in spots through the morning. Conditions dry out through the day with temperatures in the 50s right now but expected to fall through the day getting into the low to mid 30s for the afternoon. We’ll see broken clouds this afternoon as well.

Saturday:  Clouds will increase with a threat for rain and/or snow showers in the afternoon and evening. Little or no snow accumulation is expected. Highs will be in the upper 30s.

>> County-by-County Weather

Sunday:  Skies are expected to be mostly sunny, although clouds will return late. Highs will be milder, reaching into the upper 40s.

Monday: Rain will develop with mild temperatures in the lower 60s.

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini talks about who could see flooding from the heavy rain Thursday.

Tuesday:  Rain likely with highs soaring into the upper 60s.

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Light showers, drizzle moves through overnight; wintry mix possible for some

Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 3:36 AM
Updated: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 11:10 PM

Rain, freezing rain and snow possible this upcoming weekend.

Light showers or drizzle are possible overnight, while some northern spots might see a wintry mix, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said. Temperatures overnight will drop into the low 30s.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Mixed precipitation at times this weekend
  • Steadier wintry mix possible Sunday
  • Warming up next week 

>> Wintry mix this weekend: What you need to know

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs)

>> Live Doppler 7 Radar

DETAILED FORECAST

Saturday: An area of low pressure will slide to the southeast, but pushes moisture into the region. A few passing rain or freezing rain showers are possible. Temperatures stay in teh upper 20s, lower 30s in the northern Miami Valley, so showers north of Dayton will be snow or freezing rain. Some afternoon showers in Dayton likely will just be rain. A wintry mix is expected for all at night. Roads may be slick in spots at times on Saturday, early Sunday.

>> Snowstorm cancels flights between Chicago, Dayton International Airport

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs)

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Sunday: Another wave of moisture will push in. A better chance for steadier precipitation will come with this round. Mixed precipitation with freezing rain south and snow/sleet north during the day. May see a brief switch to snow/sleet everywhere before ending Sunday evening. Around 0.5 inch or less of snow/sleet possible north of U.S. 36; Less than 0.10 inch ice accumulation south of U.S. 36. This is when we could see the greatest impacts on the roads. If they appear wet, they’re potentially icy.

>> County-by-County Weather

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs)

Monday:  A chilly day, but dry with morning clouds giving way to sunshine. Waking up in the teens, then into the middle 30s for the afternoon.

Tuesday: Partly sunny and milder with highs in the middle 40s.

Wednesday: Another mild day in the middle 40s with more clouds. Chance of a few showers into Wednesday night. 

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Snow emergencies: What do the levels mean?

Published: Monday, January 08, 2018 @ 7:48 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 @ 7:15 PM

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.

  • (UPDATE @ 7:19 p.m.): All area snow emergencies have ended

>> 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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Three things to watch out for on snow-covered roads this morning

Published: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 @ 2:38 AM

A car slid off the road in Clark County.

Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Warnings stretch across the Miami Valley this morning as an impactful winter storm will bring accumulating snow to the area.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

 Travel impacts will be big with this system since snow will be falling during the morning hours. If you must be on the roads this morning, be on the lookout for these three things:

Snowy Roads: Roads will be snow-covered and slick through the night and during the morning commute. Some cities south of Dayton and near Cincinnati started with sleet and freezing rain, so potential ice under the snow will make travel more difficult. The snow-covered roads will be even more prevalent in areas that haven't been treated or plowed. Accumulations will still range from 1-3 inches with some cities picking up 4 (mainly along or southeast of I-70)

It has been a tricky morning commute after snow hit the Miami Valley Wednesday.

>> Winter Weather Traffic Information

Visibility: Visibility will be greatly reduced at times. As snow falls heavy in spots, visibility will drop as well. Some portions of the drive may be alright, but pockets of heavy snow, especially before sunrise may drop visibility to a quarter mile. 

>> School, business closings and delays

 Other drivers: Poor visibility and accumulating snow during the morning will make traveling very dangerous. Extra time and space between you and the vehicles around will be needed if you need to get on the roads this morning. 

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

Daybreak will have Team 7 Weather Coverage all morning or listen in your car to AM 1290 and News 95.7 WHIO through the morning for weather and traffic updates.

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