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STAY INFORMED: School-Business Closings, Delays

Published: Thursday, December 08, 2016 @ 3:03 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 11, 2018 @ 10:31 AM

Rain in downtown Dayton.
Rain in downtown Dayton.

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

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Spring 2018: 5 things to know about the vernal equinox

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 2:46 AM

Meteorological Spring and Astronomical Spring – What’s the Difference?

Spring is finally here with the arrival of the vernal equinox, as determined by people who base their seasons on the Earth’s position relative to the sun and stars. Here are five things to know:

1. What is it? During the vernal equinox, the sun shines directly on the equator, and the northern and southern hemispheres get exactly the same amount of rays. Night and day are almost equal length.

>> Spring 2018: What’s the difference between meteorological spring and astronomical spring?

2. What does equinox mean? The Earth spins on a tilted axis, which means its northern and southern hemispheres trade places in receiving more light as it orbits the sun. The axis is not inclined toward or away from the sun at the equinox, which is derived from the Latin words for equal (aequus) and night (nox).

3. Why is it important? For ancient societies, the vernal and autumnal equinoxes marked when winter turned to spring and when summer turned to fall, respectively, and helped people track time-sensitive things, such as when to plant crops.

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4. Didn’t spring start already? Meteorological spring started March 1. Forecasters like to start the season on the first day of March because they prefer a calendar in which each season starts on the same day every year. It helps with record keeping, among other reasons. But the Earth, sun and stars don’t quite conform to the Gregorian calendar – thus the vernal equinox doesn’t fall on the same day every year.

5. What's next? The summer solstice is June 21, but meteorological summer begins a few weeks earlier on June 1.

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

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WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Published: Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 1:01 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 2:03 AM


Track the storms as they move into the area with our Interactive Radar.

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WPAFB Tuesday Weather: Freezing rain to cause possible morning slick spots

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 12:52 AM

WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE—Some slick spots will be possible to start the day due to some freezing rain, according to Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.

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Precipitation will taper off briefly midday Tuesday before redeveloping in the evening. Snow will become likely after dark and continue through Tuesday night. Snowfall amounts will range from 2 to 4 inches by mid-morning Wednesday with isolated higher amounts.

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Temperatures will start the day Tuesday near freezing but climb to around 40 degrees in the afternoon. Temperatures will then fall back into the upper 20s Wednesday morning and hold in the 30s on Wednesday.

Despite the wintry forecast, spring will officially arrive at 12:15pm Tuesday.

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Winter Weather Advisory issued ahead of anticipated accumulating snow

Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 3:34 AM
Updated: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 11:35 PM

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


  • Increasing clouds, rain/wintry mix develops late
  • Rain and snow changes to all snow late Tuesday 
  • Accumulating snow likely Tuesday night into Wednesday

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


TONIGHT: Rain moving in and may change to freezing variety or sleet overnight, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Temperatures fall to near freezing by morning.

TUESDAY: A wintry mix early will likely change to a cold rain through the middle of the day with temperatures in the lower 40s. Colder air will usher back in during the evening, causing the rain to change to snow. All snow is expected Tuesday night with likely accumulations. The Winter Weather Advisory for much of the Miami Valley is to go into effect at 8 p.m. and expire at 8 p.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

>> 5-Day Forecast

WEDNESDAY: Snow likely early then tapering by midday. Snowfall accumulation will range from 2 to 4 inches with isolated areas picking up higher amounts. Clouds will linger through the day with gusty winds and temperatures in the middle to upper 30s. 

>> County-by-County Weather

THURSDAY: Skies will be mostly sunny. Highs to hold in the upper 30s.

FRIDAY: Expect lots of sunshine with clouds increasing late. Highs will reach the middle 40s. 

SATURDAY: Clouds will thicken with a chance of rain or snow late in the day or evening. Highs will reach the lower 40s. 

SUNDAY: Expect a chance of rain or snow in the morning with conditions improving in the afternoon. Highs will rebound into the upper 40s. 

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