SNOW SQUALLS: Dangerous winter driving conditions

Published: Friday, December 09, 2016 @ 4:29 PM

Be prepared this winter to know what to do if you find yourself driving in a Snow Squall this Winter.

We see snow squalls in the Miami Valley nearly every winter season, even though they are most common in lake effect snow areas. 

WHAT IS A SNOW SQUALL?

StormCenter7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini describes a snow squall as a burst of snow that quickly drops visibility levels to zero. They are usually accompanied by gusty winds which only make visibility worse as snow blows and falls simultaneously. 

WHY ARE SNOW SQUALLS DANGEROUS? 

Snow squalls are very localized. Driving conditions and roadways can look clear and safe one minute, and a minute later, you can't see. Drivers are caught in the whiteout as they are traveling at fair weather speeds which can result in chain reaction rear-end crashes like the incidents below.  

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December 8, 2016, Ashtabula County, Ohio I-90 pile up: 

Heavy snow squalls and icy conditions led to a 75 car pile up on I-90 in Ashtabula County, Ohio.  

75 cars collided on I-90 in Ashtabula County, Ohio, December 8, 2016.

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March 24, 2015, Shelby County, Ohio I-75 pile up: 

More than 20 cars collided during a snow squall in Shelby County on I-75 between SR 274 and 119.  

A snow squall caused white out conditions on I-75 in Shelby County, Ohio, March 24, 2015. 

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January 21, 2013, Butler County, Ohio I-75 pile up: 

More than 50 cars were involved in a pile up on I-75 between Middletown and Monroe on January 21, 2013. 

No one was killed but the highway was shutdown for hours as emergency crews rescued drivers trapped in their cars and cleared the highway of debris.

Snow squalls caused 52 cars to collide on I-75 in Butler County, Ohio, January 21, 2013. 
52 cars collided on I-75 in Butler County, Ohio, near Middletown during a snow squall on January 21, 2013.

Stay weather aware this winter no matter where you are.

DOWNLOAD the free WHIO Weather App that will send you audible weather alerts even when you're not in the app. You'll have access to live radar to see where snow is moving in to your area, as well as hour by hour forecasts. 

WPAFB Thursday Weather: Quiet, cool forecast for Thanksgiving Day

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 12:27 AM

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. TODD JACKSON | STAFF
Staff Writer
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. TODD JACKSON | STAFF(Staff Writer)

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE—A quiet and cool Thanksgiving Day is in the forecast with lots of clouds around, said Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.

RELATED: Dayton Interactive Radar - WHIO Doppler 7

Temperatures will rebound back into the lower 40s after starting the day in the upper 20s. Dry weather will stick around through Friday but it will be a chilly morning, back in the 20s.

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Warmer weather is expected Friday with highs rebounding into the lower 50s thanks to lots of sunshine. A cold front will bring clouds and falling temperatures for Saturday, but it should remain dry.

WHIO Weather App: Have it for your Thanksgiving travel

Published: Friday, November 18, 2016 @ 2:01 PM
Updated: Wednesday, November 01, 2017 @ 12:37 AM

Weather app
Weather app

The free WHIO Weather App will keep you alert and informed of changing weather conditions, no matter where you are, at home or traveling on the road.  You’ll be able to access a live radar anytime, anywhere. You’ll also receive weather watches and warnings no matter where you are.

Install the WHIO Weather App free now from the Google Play or Apple store. Right at your fingertips, you'll have access to:

  • Live radar to track rain and storms
  • School closings 
  • Hour-by-hour forecasts 
  • Hyper-local forecasts for your county 
  • Forecasts wherever you travel in the U.S. 

HOW DO I ADD MY CITY OR LOCATION IN THE APP?

Once you have downloaded the app, it is time to setup the locations you would like to monitor. Remember, these can change whenever you'd like with a push of a button. 

  • Once in the WHIO Weather app, look for the 'plus sign' at the top left of your screen  
  • Click Current Location to save your first city 

WHIO weather app

After that, you can save up to 10 locations by typing in the city and state. These locations can be anywhere you wish to receive weather updates. 

SHOULD I "ENABLE" BACKGROUND TRACKING? 

A new feature in the app is its ability to track storms even when the app isn't open and update you wherever you go...even out of state. If you travel into a location that is being impacted by weather, you will automatically be updated through the app. 

  • Once in the App, click the 'plus sign' at the top left of your screen 
  • Go to the Settings button at the bottom of your locations tab
  • Click Background Tracking, this will take you to your phone's settings
  • Make sure under the 'Location' option you chose 'always'

DO I HAVE TO BE ALERTED TO EVERYTHING WEATHER RELATED? 

The WHIO Weather App is unique because it allows you to choose which the weather alerts for which you want to receive notifications. All watches, warnings and advisories that the National Weather Service issues are available in our app. 

  • Make sure there is a check by the alerts you want to receive
  • You can turn off any notification you don't want by clicking the check mark 

WHY DIDN'T THE WARNING GO OFF ON MY PHONE? 

A special feature on the WHIO Weather App is the ability for the app to notify you ONLY when your GPS or saved locations are in the POLYGON for a warning. The National Weather Service draws polygons when it issues warnings and advisories. If your location isn't in the polygon, the alert will NOT go off. 

WATCHES on the other hand are issued for entire counties, not polygons. If your location falls in a county where a watch is issued you WILL get an alert. 

ISN'T THE 7-DAY JUST LIKE ANY OTHER WEATHER APP? 

Unlike most apps that rely on a computer to just dump weather data on to their app, the StormCenter 7 Team updates the forecast on the WHIO Weather App each day, multiple times a day. With the WHIO Weather App you are getting a detailed forecast specifically created for the Miami Valley. It's not from a meteorologist many states away.

 

WHIO weather app in iPad

HOW DO I SEE THE LATEST LIST OF SCHOOL/ BUSINESS CLOSINGS AND DELAYS? 

We've added the latest list of school and business closings and delays in the WHIO Weather App so you can check the list from wherever you're located. Simply open the app, along the bottom is a tool bar, 'Closings' is the third option from the left. This will take you directly to the most recently updated list. This new feature will better help you plan your day, allowing you to adjust as needed when your kids' school or your place of business issues a delay or closes due to road conditions or other reasons. 

 

I MISSED A NEWSCAST, HOW CAN I GET MY FORECAST? 

If you miss a TV newscast, you can still keep up with the latest video forecasts our meteorologists create throughout the day. These short weather video segments tell the weather story of the day, how it will impact you, and contain their scientific explanations for unique elements of the forecast you won't get in a written story or graphic. This is a great tool during severe weather days and when a big winter storm may impact the Miami Valley. These custom video forecasts created by the StormCenter7 team of Meteorologists can be found under the 'Video' tab. 

 

WHAT CAN I SEE ON THE INTERACTIVE RADAR BESIDES RAIN AND SNOW? 

The Interactive Radar is available year-round in the WHIO Weather App. Features on the app allow you to see lightning strikes along with satellite and radar. Under the 'Radar' tab you can click on the 'Layer' icon to overlay things like watches and warnings so you can see where storms and alerts are in relation to your location.

WPAFB Wednesday Weather: Clear skies, chilly temps expected for holiday travel 

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 12:56 AM

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. TODD JACKSON | STAFF
Staff Writer
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. TODD JACKSON | STAFF(Staff Writer)

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE—It will be quite chilly on this busy travel day, but it should be dry, according to Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.

RELATED: Dayton Interactive Radar - WHIO Doppler 7

Temperatures will only reach into the upper 30s for highs with wind chills staying in in the upper 20s for much of the day. Clear skies and chilly temperatures are expected tonight with lows in the middle 20s. A warming trend will get underway with a mix of sun and clouds Thanksgiving day with highs in the lower 40s.

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Dry weather will stick around Friday into the weekend with highs near 50 degrees Friday and Saturday, but falling Saturday afternoon as another blast of cold air arrives.

Passing showers possible this evening, colder for Thanksgiving

Published: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 3:59 AM
Updated: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 1:58 PM

A cold front will bring a few passing rain or snow showers this evening, followed by a big drop in temperatures.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Windy and milder 
  • Few passing rain/snow showers in evening
  • Colder for Thanksgiving

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

DETAILED FORECAST

Today: Sunshine will give way to clouds into the afternoon. Becoming windy with wind gusts up to 30MPH. A mild day with highs into the lower 50s. Chance for some passing showers from 7pm until midnight. Activity will be light and fast moving so just a few showers. Northern Miami Valley see may a brief rain snow mix. Nothing will stick. Clouds will break a bit overnight and cold with lows in the upper 20s by morning.

Thanksgiving Travel Weather Outlook

Wednesday: It will be colder in the morning with temperatures starting in the upper 20s. There will be plenty of sunshine with highs colder than normal in the upper 30s.

>> County-by-County Weather

Thanksgiving: It will be cold in the morning for those participating in Thanksgiving Day runs. Temperatures will start off in the mid-20s. Sunrise will be around 7:30 a.m. There will be plenty of sunshine through the day with highs in the low 40s, which is cool.

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Friday: It will be a cold morning with temperatures in the upper 20s for early shoppers. It will be breezy with highs in the upper 40s, sunshine and a few clouds. A few showers are possible late night, mainly north of Interstate 70.

Saturday: Clouds will decrease through the day. Highs will be around 50 early in the afternoon, then turn colder.

On the road forecast for Tuesday.