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WEATHER ALERT: Severe Thunderstorm Watch canceled for entire region

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 11:20 AM
Updated: Friday, May 19, 2017 @ 6:30 PM

Severe Storms move through Troy

UPDATE @ 6:30 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is no longer in effect for the entire Miami Valley region.

UPDATE @ 5:50 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is canceled for Butler and Montgomery counties.

UPDATE @ 5:35 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is canceled for Darke, Miami, Preble, Shelby and Wayne (Indiana) counties. It remains in effect through 11 p.m. for Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Greene, Logan, Montgomery and Warren counties.

UPDATE @ 5:15 p.m.

Severe Thunderstorm Warnings expire for Clinton, Greene and Warren counties.

However, a Severe Thunderstorm Watch is until 11 p.m. for Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Darke, Greene, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby and Warren counties in Ohio and Wayne and Union counties in Indiana, issued by the National Weather Service.

PHOTOS: May storm moves into the Miami Valley

UPDATE @ 5 p.m.

An Areal Flood Advisory is in effect until 8 p.m. for Champaign and Clark counties.

UPDATE @ 4:50 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect until 5:15 p.m. for Clinton, Greene and Warren counties, issued by the National Weather Service.

Main threats are 60 mph wind gusts and ¾-inch hail.

UPDATE @ 4:45 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is canceled for Butler County but remains in effect until 5 p.m. for Warren County.

Wind gusts of 53 mph were reported at 4:38 p.m. at the Lebanon airport, and gusts of 48 mph were reported at 4:32 p.m. at the Middletown airport, according to the NWS.

UPDATE @ 4:40 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning expires for Miami County.

UPDATE @ 4:25 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect until 5 p.m. for Butler and Warren counties, issued by the National Weather Service.

The main threats are 60 mph wind and ¾-inch hail.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning also is in effect until 4:45 p.m. for Miami County.

An Areal Flood Advisory is in effect through 7 p.m. for Auglaize, Champaign, Clark, Darke, Logan, Mercer and Shelby counties, issued by the NWS in Wilmington.

UPDATE @ 4:05 p.m.  

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is expired for Darke County.  

Heavy rain hit Springfield on Friday afternoon.

UPDATE @ 4 p.m.:  

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect until 4:45 p.m. for Miami County, issued by the National Weather Service.  

The main threats are 60 mph wind and ¾-inch hail.  

An Areal Flood Advisory is in effect through 7 p.m. for Auglaize, Champaign, Clark, Darke, Logan, Mercer and Shelby counties, issued by the NWS in Wilmington.  

Rain on Main Street where Dayton meets Oakwood at 4:50pm

UPDATE @ 3:32 p.m.:  

An areal flood advisory has been issued for Darke, Miami and Shelby counties until 6:30 p.m. due to heavy rain.  

According to the National Weather Service, radar indicated 1 to 1.5 inches of rain has already fallen and an additional 1 to 2 inches is possible through 5 p.m.  

Minor flooding of poorly drained streets, highways and underpasses could occur.

UPDATE @ 3:12 p.m.:

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for the following counties until 11 p.m.:

>>TRACK THE STORMS with our LIVE INTERACTIVE RADAR

  • Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Darke, Greene, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby and Warren Counties in Ohio.
  • Wayne and Union counties in Indiana.

UPDATE @ 2:45 p.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Randolph County, IN, until 3:15 p.m. The line of storms

that prompted the warning is moving east towards the Miami Valley.

The possibility of severe weather exists late this afternoon. Stay tuned to this site and WHIO-TV, Channel 7 for the latest on weather conditions as our team of meteorologists track the storm.

FIRST REPORT

After an active morning of thunderstorms which produced heavy rain, frequent lightning and possibly some small sized hail, the Miami Valley will need to gear up for another threat of strong storms. 

A boundary draped across the southern Miami Valley will help be a catalyst for storms to redevelop.

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Some late morning and early afternoon sun will help to re-energize the atmosphere and with dew points in the 60s today, the warm and moist environment will help to fuel more storms. 

RELATED:  LIVE Interactive Radar

Areas along Interstate 70 and south have been placed under a "slight risk" for severe storms with areas north in a "marginal" risk. 

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

Your Storm Center 7 Teams believes the best ingredients will likely live under the counties in the slight risk. 

Storms should start firing between 1 and 3 p.m. and become scattered across the Miami Valley for the evening commute. 

Storms will likely be slow-movers which means the potential for heavy downpours repeatedly over the same city could cause ponding on the roads. 

The main severe threat will come from damaging winds and larger sized hail. 

If you are driving, or biking home since it is #BiketoWorkDay, make sure to check your WHIO Weather App. You can set up lightning detection, get any watches and warnings and check out the live stream of our latest newscasts. 

Your Storm Center 7 Team will monitor conditions through the day to bring you updates on-air, online and on AM 1290 and News 95.7 WHIO.

 

Rain-snow mix could impact region this week

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 3:57 AM

How cold will we be for Thanksgiving? Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini has a look at the week.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Lots of sunshine, but chilly today
  • Few showers Tuesday with rain/snow mix possible
  • Quiet for Thanksgiving

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

DETAILED FORECAST

Today: 

Mostly sunny, breezy and chilly today with highs in the upper 40s. Wind chills during the afternoon in the upper 30s. Skies clear tonight and turning cold with lows in the middle 30s.

Tuesday: 

Dry and sunny to start the day. Clouds increase into the afternoon as a cold front approaches. Highs around 50. A weak front passes into the evening bringing a few passing light rain showers. May see a rain snow mix for a few before showers end quickly overnight. 

>> County-by-County Weather

Wednesday: It will be cold again with temperatures in the morning in the 20s. A slick spot or two on bridges and overpasses can’t be ruled out where there were showers. There will be sunshine and a few clouds. Highs will only reach the upper 30s, which is about 10 degrees colder than normal.

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Thanksgiving: We’ll have beautiful weather for Thanksgiving this year. It will be cool and sunny with highs in the low 40s and dry from start to finish.

Friday: It will be a frigid morning for Black Friday shoppers as temperatures will start in the upper 20s. Skies will be sunny, so it will warm to the mid-40s. It will stay dry.

The 1950 OSU-Michigan ‘snow bowl’ highlighted one of Ohio’s most famous storms

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 10:55 AM

Vehicles and pedestrians attempt to navigate Main St. in downtown Dayton after nearly a foot of snow fell across the region after Thanksgiving Day in 1950. (Dayton Daily News File)
Vehicles and pedestrians attempt to navigate Main St. in downtown Dayton after nearly a foot of snow fell across the region after Thanksgiving Day in 1950. (Dayton Daily News File)

Thanksgiving week is upon us, and hopefully we all have plenty to be thankful for this year.

Weather-wise, we will also have plenty to be thankful for, as it appears there will be no major storms impacting us or any major travel hubs. However, there could be some minor impact this weekend as a cold front crosses through the Great Lakes, bringing with it a chance for showers Saturday.

Looking back, since 1893 when records started in Dayton, there have been 67 Thanksgivings with measurable precipitation and 53 Thanksgivings without.

Amazingly, we’ve only had 25 Thanksgivings with measurable snowfall in that span.

Of course, if you ask people what Thanksgiving weather they remember, anyone who has been around a long time will tell you about the year of the “snow bowl.”

» READ MORE: Waiting out the storm: A look at the blizzard of 1950

That was the Ohio State vs. Michigan football game played at Ohio Stadium on Nov. 25, 1950. On that Saturday, five inches of snow had already fallen before the game kicked off, and it kept falling during the game. Winds gusted to almost 30 mph, creating near white-out conditions at times. It was the worst blizzard to strike Columbus in 37 years. 

Although Ohio State, Michigan and the Big Ten Conference considered canceling the game due to the extreme conditions, they decided to play. If the game had been cancelled, Ohio State would have won the Big Ten title. Instead, Michigan won 9-3 with 27 total yards and without even one first down.

Workers had to repeatedly sweep the lines on the field so that the game could continue. Vic Janowicz kicked a field goal for the only Ohio State points, while Michigan players forced a safety and recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown.

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It was an amazing storm, showing the sheer power of the “gales of November” across the Great Lakes. The storm continued through that weekend with accumulation reaching nearly three feet in parts of eastern Ohio.

Bulldozers were used to clear roads so that ambulances could reach those in need. The Ohio National Guard had to transport people to hospitals and deliver food to rural areas. Wires and trees were blown down by winds as high as 60 mph. Many buildings collapsed under the weight of two to three feet of snow, with even deeper drifts. 

It was more 28 years before Ohio saw another similar, historic blizzard — and that one occurred in late January of 1978, which became an even more famous Ohio storm.

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

FIRST REPORT (Nov. 18):

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)

>> Cold air, snow flurries move in

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.

WPAFB Monday Weather: Temps will warm to upper 40s after cold start

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 2:35 AM

A cold start to our workweek is expected as temperatures will hover in the middle 20s as we start the day.

Skies will be mostly sunny with winds switching out of the southeast. Milder air will be pushed northward allowing temperatures, while cool, to push into the upper 40s.

Clear skies return tonight with some increasing in clouds and wind gusts on Tuesday.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

A cold front will bring the threat for a few passing light showers Tuesday evening. As colder air moves back in, a few flurries will be possible Tuesday night before the precipitation ends.

>> 5-day forecast

Dry and chilly conditions are expected for midweek into Thanksgiving Day.