Rip Rap Road remains closed in Huber Heights due to high water

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 7:17 PM
Updated: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 4:05 AM

Over 3 inches of rain brings the Stillwater River and the Great Miami River out of its banks in the usual areas over the weekend.

UPDATE @4 a.m. (Nov. 20):

Rip Rap Road near Chambersburg is closed due to high water.

Covington-Bradford Road north of Covington also remains closed due to high water at the Stillwater River, according to officials.

>> RELATED: Cool and sunny today, rain/snow mix possible Tuesday evening

UPDATE @ 3:25 p.m. (Nov. 19):

High water remains in several spots across the region following the heavy rain and storms on Saturday. 

Over three inches of rain brought the Stillwater River and the Great Miami River in Miami County out of its banks in the usual areas Saturday. 

RELATED: Hundreds remain without power from Saturday’s storms, high winds

The Covington-Bradford Road North of Covington is closed due to high water at the Stillwater River.

North of Troy, the Knoop Jr. Baseball Complex is about 5’ deep.

In Troy, the newly renovated Treasure Island along the Great Miami River has flooded.The Boat House Restaurant is unaffected, as the flood waters are up to the back of the amphitheater.

Flood Warnings remain in effect for Auglaize and Darke counties through Sunday afternoon. The Great Miami River at Sidney is under a Flood Warning until 8 p.m. Sunday and the Great Miami River at Troy is also under a Flood Warning until 6 a.m. Monday.

VIDEO shows flooding in Park Layne


Strong storms brought heavy rains that continue to threaten the northern parts of the Miami Valley.

Nearly 3 inches of rain fell by this evening in Greenville, Troy and Urbana, and rain exceeded 3 inches across Logan County.

Rain Totals(Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

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There were numerous reports of high water, including on roadways in Dayton.

Shelby and Auglaize counties remain under an Arial Flood Warning until 8:15 a.m., while those living in Darke County remain under the same warning until 10:45 a.m. Arial Flood Warnings have also been issued for Champaign and Logan counties until 11 a.m.

In Sidney, there is a flood warning until 10:30 p.m. Sunday for the Great Miami River, which is expected to rise to 10.5 feet, higher than the 10-feet flood stage. It is expected to fall below flood stage by Sunday night.

Contributed by Sheila Gibbons in Sidney.

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Wintry mix, accumulating snow expected to cause slick conditions this week

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 3:34 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at the current timing and totals for snowfall this week.


  • Mild and dry during the day
  • Showers become wintry mix overnight
  • Accumulating snow mid-week

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Today: It will be a quiet and cold morning with temperatures in the 30s, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. There will be some sunshine early with clouds increasing late day. It will be dry during the day and warmer than normal with highs in the mid-50s. Some rain showers will start to arrive from the south later tonight. Cold air will cut in and a wintry mix will develop toward morning.

Tuesday: Spring starts at 12:15 p.m. with the vernal equinox, but it certainly won’t feel like spring. A wintry mix is possible, and anything untreated or elevated could become slick as temperatures will start out in the upper 20s. Any surface below freezing could see some light freezing rain. Moisture will continue to stream into the Miami Valley. A rain/snow mix is possible in the afternoon with temperatures in the 30s and low 40s. It will become breezy. Scattered snow will take over into the evening and continues overnight. Winds will gust around 25 mph.

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Wednesday: Scattered snow showers will be falling and will likely create a slick morning commute. Snow will not taper off until the evening hours. Highs will be in the mid-30s. Accumulating snow is expected by morning and through the day. The placement and intensity of this system can still change, but snow is expected to coat the roads by morning and will continue to accumulate during the day. It will be dry for the night, but it will be cold as temperatures drop into the mid-20s.

>> County-by-County Weather

Thursday: There may be a lingering slick spot in the morning. The day looks to be dry and back into the mid-40s. There will be some sunshine as well.

Friday: It will be a dry and quiet morning. Clouds will increase through the day. Highs will be in the mid to upper 40s. Clouds will increase at night with rain showers returning.

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WPAFB Monday Weather: Evening rain showers, wintry mix expected

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 12:01 AM

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE—A cool start to the work week is expected, but temperatures are again expected to climb close to the middle 50s this afternoon, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar.

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Most of today will be dry with clouds on the increase, but the chance for rain returns later this evening and tonight.

With temperatures falling below freezing around midnight, it’s looking like some of the rain may change over to a wintry mix.

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What is freezing rain and how is it different from snow and sleet?

Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 2:31 PM

What is the difference between rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow? Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs has the answers.

During the winter months you may often hear about snow, sleet and freezing rain. 

Each has its own hazards, but freezing rain can create hidden dangers on the roads, more than the others. Unlike snow or sleet on pavement, freezing rain can appear wet, but is actually a sheet of ice and will leave no traction for drivers.

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Freezing rain forms in the clouds just like snow, but it’s what happens after the snowflake leaves the cloud that changes everything. During a freezing rain event the air within the cloud is cold enough to produce a snowflake. 

If the snowflake falls into air below the cloud that is above freezing, it will melt into a raindrop. This droplet will continue to fall as rain as long as the environment remains above 32 degrees. 

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Since cold air is more dense than warm air, sometimes a thin layer of subfreezing air may settle to the surface cooling the ground. If this occurs, once the droplet hits anything that is below 32 degrees it will freeze on contact. Typically, elevated objects such as trees, overpasses and power lines are the first to accumulate ice. If freezing rain continues for an extended period of time, ice may become so thick that numerous accidents and power outages may occur.

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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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