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Another blast of arctic air, snow on the way

Published: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 @ 7:35 PM

While temperatures will moderate some to end the week, don't get too use to it. Another blast of bitter, arctic air is poised to arrive just in time for the New Year. Some snow is expected as that fresh cold air moves in.

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The next blast of arctic air will be even colder, and will bring another round of snow.

“The cold air just keeps coming,” Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. “Even while we deal with the current outbreak of arctic air, more is building near the North Pole and it is forecast to head south this weekend.”

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Temperatures across the region have not been this low in nearly three years. Dayton started out Wednesday morning 2 degrees below zero. The last time it was that cold was on Feb. 24, 2015.

While temperatures will moderate some by the end of the week, it won’t last long.

Cold Trend(Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

Light snow is expected to spread into the Miami Valley on Friday after dark and linger into the start of the weekend.

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“While it is not expected to be a major winter storm,” Elwell said, “we could get an inch or two of snow ... due to the higher liquid to snow ratio.”

In other words, it doesn't take as much moisture for the snow to fluff up when temperatures are so low, Elwell said.

Some flurries may even linger into New Year's Eve day.

>> 63 inches of snow has fallen since Christmas Eve in Erie, Pa.

Our Storm Center 7 team of meteorologists will be working through this week to pinpoint the timing and amounts of this next storm. If you have big plans on New Year's Eve, be prepared to bundle up. The fresh batch of bone-chilling cold will have arrived and temperatures likely will be in the single digits as the clock strikes midnight.

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“Wind chills will likely be as cold as 5 to 10 degrees below zero,” Elwell said, likely making it the coldest New Year's Eve since at least 2002.

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Bitter cold today; warm up on the way

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 3:51 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at how are temperatures will trend into next week.


  • Bitter cold morning with a few flurries
  • Warming up for weekend
  • More rain arrives Sunday

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


Today: It’s still very cold this morning with temperatures in the single digits, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Wind chills will be below zero again with some passing flurries possible early. Clouds will decrease through the day. There will be some sunshine this afternoon as highs reach around 20.

Cold walk Wednesday morning, Jan. 17 along St. Clair Street in Dayton. MARSHALL GORBY/STAFF

Thursday: It will be a quiet, but cold morning. There will be sunshine at times throughout the day as highs climb to the low 30s.

>> VIDEO: Mountains of thick ice pile along shores of Lake Erie 

Friday: Morning temperatures will be a little warmer, and we’ll start the day out of the single digits. Temperatures in the afternoon will climb to the upper 30s to around 40. It will be a pleasant end to the work week and day.

>> 4 tricks to help avoid illness during big temperature changes

Saturday: This will be the best day of the weekend as highs reach the mid-40s. The day looks to be dry with clouds increasing. It will feel nice in the afternoon.

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

Sunday: Clouds will thicken up through the day. Moisture from the next system will bring breezy conditions and the chance for rain or drizzle later into the night.

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.

STAY INFORMED: School-Business Closings, Delays

Published: Thursday, December 08, 2016 @ 3:03 PM
Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 6:06 AM

Superintendents put a lot of focus on deciding to close school because of the weather.

Stay informed with the latest school delays and closings, business closings and snow emergencies.

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WPAFB Tuesday Weather: Wind chill readings reach below zero, possible passing flurries

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 12:40 AM

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE—A bitter cold start to the day is expected with a Wind Chill Advisory in effect all the way through early afternoon, according to Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.

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Temperatures will hold in the single digits to lower teens through the day with wind chill readings staying near or below zero. Skies will be mostly cloudy with a chance for a few passing flurries.

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It will remain cold with highs in the middle teens Wednesday, climbing to near 20 degrees Thursday. Temperatures are forecast to climb above normal this weekend, topping out near 50 degrees by Sunday, although light rain is expected by Sunday evening.