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Published: Wednesday, March 07, 2018 @ 6:15 AM
— Three planets will be visible from March 7 through March 11 before dawn, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini, and the moon will be your guide to finding them this week.
March 7 and 8 look to the south/southeast before the sun comes up (from midnight until 7 a.m.) and you should be able to find the moon and then the planet Jupiter which will be just below the moon.
March 9 through March 11, the moon will be close to Mars and Saturn. On the 9th, Mars and Saturn will be to the bottom left of the moon. By the 10th, the moon will be between the two planets.
Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 3:34 AM
Updated: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 12:57 PM
— QUICK-LOOK FORECAST
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 move up from the south and transition to a light mix. 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.
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.
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.
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.
RELATED: County-by-County Weather
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.
Published: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 2:31 PM
— 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.
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.
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.
Published: Thursday, March 15, 2018 @ 6:53 AM
Updated: Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 1:27 PM
— 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.
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.