1 to 2 inches of snow possible this weekend

Published: Thursday, February 01, 2018 @ 7:18 PM
Updated: Friday, February 02, 2018 @ 5:10 PM

Here is an updated outlook for the snow which is expected across the Miami Valley late this weekend. A couple of inches of snow will be possible through Sunday evening. Yet another, potentially bigger storm could impact the region Tuesday.

Our Storm Center 7 team is monitoring a storm system that is expected to move from the Pacific northwest into the Ohio Valley by late Saturday, spreading snow across the region Saturday night.

>> Colder air, threat for snow returns this week

Snow is expected to continue to fall into Sunday, although as warmer air attempts to push into the area, the snow may mix with or change to rain across the southern part of the region.

Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said the latest indications are that most will pick up around 1 to 2 inches of snow by late Sunday.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar

“We’ll have to pay attention to the track and the strength as it moves across the Plains on Friday,” Elwell said. “That will make a big difference if we need to change the snowfall forecast.”

Elwell said we may not be done with the snow Sunday, as another system is forecast to be a threat to the region by Tuesday of next week.

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 Three things to look forward to this spring

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 12:25 PM

It has been a very wet week in the Miami Valley, but it is also a turning point. We are now less than a month from the astronomical start to spring. On March 20 the vernal equinox will take place, transitioning us to the new season. 

Days of rain getting underway

  1. Daylight: The days will get longer. Daylight Saving Time begins March 11, which will help increase the amount of daylight but naturally the days get longer during the transition from the winter solstice to the summer solstice. From Feb. 20 to March 20 we will see an increase of a little more than an hour of daylight.                                      Latest weather video: Watch our five day forecast
  2. Low Snow: The chance for snow drops off. On average, the latest we see an inch of snow in Dayton is March 10. That doesn’t mean we won’t get snow in March, just statistically speaking it becomes less likely. There will be a greater chance though for spring storms as severe weather season kicks in.  
  3. Warmer: It will gradually get warmer. The average afternoon high towards the end of February is around 40 degrees but by the first day of spring it warms up to 51 degrees. The angle of the sun and the length of day helps to increase our average high. 

Keep up with the rain this week by using the WHIO weather App. 

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WPAFB Thursday Weather: Rain showers continue through weekend 

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 12:41 AM

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE—A soggy morning is expected although rain will move out fairly quickly, according to Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.

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Temperatures will start out the day in the middle 30s and make it back into the middle 40s during the afternoon with lingering clouds. After some brief dry time tonight, rain will return to the area Friday morning with on and off rain likely to continue through Saturday. The rain may be heavy at times with a few thunderstorms possible.

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Rainfall amounts will range from 2 to 4 inches through Sunday morning. Despite the rain, temperatures will rebound to near 60 degrees for highs both Friday and Saturday before cooling into the lower 50s to end the weekend.

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Warm temperatures lead to record-breaking week

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 3:14 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at how the numbers have broken down for this warm week in February.

The Miami Valley saw record-breaking warmth this week.  

On Monday, temperatures climbed to 70 degrees, tying the record for the warmest day set back in 1939. The week continued to get warmer, and Tuesday morning temperatures never dropped below 61 degrees. This set a record for the warmest low temperature in Dayton for Feb. 20. The old record was 49 degrees set back in 1930.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Things continued to heat up in the afternoon. Tuesday, the high temperature soared to 75 degrees smashing the old record for the warmest high temperature of 69 degrees which was set in 2016. The warmest February day ever on record is 76 degrees from February 24, 2017, making Tuesday the second warmest February day on record in Dayton.

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WPAFB Wednesday Weather: On, off rain showers through the day 

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 12:40 AM

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE—Rain will start the day today with on and off showers lasting through the day, said Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.

RELATED: 5-Day Forecast

Temperatures will be warmer in the morning but fall through the 50s into the 40s this afternoon. A quick break in the precipitation is expected this afternoon before another wave of rain arrives later tonight. As temperatures drop into the 30s, the rain may change to freezing rain after 3am. Some slick spots will be possible early Thursday with temperatures hovering near the freezing mark.

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The showers will taper off as temperatures rise into the 40s. More rain arrives Friday and will last into Saturday. The rain may be heavy at times to end the week and start the weekend, which could lead to high water in spots.

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