Snow remnants, temperature drops expected through the day

Published: Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 7:01 PM
Updated: Saturday, January 13, 2018 @ 7:05 AM

ROADS: Snow covers Dayton roads as winds cause drifting

Winter Weather Advisory cancelled for: Auglaize, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Darke, Green, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby, Warren

Roads in the Miami Valley region continue to be slick after being blanketed by snow Friday evening, following hours of rain and sleet earlier in the day.

However, snow will slowly taper off from west to east over the next few hours. But, gusty winds will create blowing and drifting of the snow through the night, even once the snow stops falling. This will create some rough travel, especially in rural areas. 

With a bit of a faster end to the snow – it looks like total accumulations will range from one to three inches for areas along and west of I-75 but areas between 75 and I-71 could pick up closer to four inches.

Earlier in the evening, blowing and drifting snow and icy conditions led officials to issue level 1 snow emergencies for Clark, Champaign, Darke, Logan, and Montgomery counties.

Greene County is currently at a level 2 snow emergency.

Between two to four inches were expected from Friday into Saturday morning across most of the Miami Valley region, as temperatures dip into the lower teens. 

Related: Who has the most snow? Check out totals

The wintry mix of snow and sleet has transportation officials cautioning residents to stay off the roads except for absolutely necessary trips. 

Throughout the evening, the Ohio Department of Transportation map showed vehicles traveling below normal speeds on all the major interstates and highways. 

STAY ALERT: Dayton traffic from the WHIO traffic center

The snowy weather lingered in the eastern half of the Miami Valley headed into the evening hours Friday, but by about midnight, most of the region should saw a break in the snowfall, said Kirstie Zontini, WHIO-TV meteorologist. 

But it will be cold, with the high temperature on Saturday being 19 degrees.

Saturday is expected to have some leftover flurries and dusty winds, with temperature dropping to about 5 degrees during the night, said WHIO-TV meteorologist Eric Elwell.  

Related: Dayton-area traffic: Snow, freezing rain causing issues

The bad weather caused problems for motorists. 

A semi-trailer overturned on Interstate 70 in Clark County and a crash involving a medic at North Dixie Drive and Frederick Pike impacted traffic in Harrison Twp. 

RELATED: Winter Weather Advisory issued today as winter storm moves in

Traffic was light on many roads across the region by early evening, as people seemed to hunker down. 

Earlier on Friday, the city of Dayton had 45 trucks on the road — nearly its entire fleet — salting highways, thoroughfares, bridges, hills and major connector streets, said Fred Stovall, Dayton’s director of public works. 

“We want to make sure what we call our primary 1 and 2 streets are clear so everyone can get home,” Stovall said. 

Crews will eventually get to the residential streets, but that may not happen until Saturday, depending on how much snow falls and collects, he said. 

Related: Winter storm timeline: Conditions worsening as snow continue to fall

The city does not plow residential streets unless they have 4 inches of snow, but it does treat them if they have ice. 

Temperatures are dropping, and the rain has turned to sleet and the wet roads are icing over, Stovall said. 

The storm led to the canceling or the postponement of numerous events across the region. 

The city cancelled all recreation events through Jan. 13, including citywide basketball and the MLK youth World House party.

Drivers should accelerate and deaccelerate more slowly during bad weather and drive a speed reasonable for the conditions, said Sgt. Mark Bowron, traffic reporter for WHIO Radio. 

Braking on icy roads takes much longer than on dry pavement, increasing stopping times from three to four seconds to eight to 10, he said. 

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Mark your calendar for these 2018 meteor showers

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 6:06 PM
Updated: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 6:06 PM

Image from a dashcam video provided by Lisle Police Department in Lisle, Ill., shows a meteor as it streaked over Lake Michigan Feb. 6, 2017. The meteor lit up the sky across several states in the Midwest.  Contributed photo
Image from a dashcam video provided by Lisle Police Department in Lisle, Ill., shows a meteor as it streaked over Lake Michigan Feb. 6, 2017. The meteor lit up the sky across several states in the Midwest. Contributed photo

There are plenty of meteor showers to enjoy this year, reports Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

Mark your calendars and keep checking in for the latest forecast.


RELATED: Download our free WHIO weather APP to stay informed 

  • Lyrids: Active April 16-25. Rates are usually 10-15 meteors per hour. A dark sky is expected. This meteor shower is associated with fireballs which are very bright. The shower peaks pre-dawn April 22.
  • Eta Aquariids- This shower peaks May 5 before dawn. There are typically 10-20 meteors per hour.
  • Delta Aquariids- View before July 27-30. The best viewing is before dawn. There are usually 15-20 meteors per hour. This year there will be a full moon.
  • RELATED: Meteors explained: What happens before the flash of light?

    • Perseids- This is a very active shower. August 11,12,13 head outside from the late evening through dawn. The moon this year won’t get in the way.
    • Draconids- This shower peaks October 8. It is better in the evening hours with only a handful of meteors per hour. 
    • Orionids- This shower peaks October 21 before dawn. There are 10-20 meteors per hour. The moon might get in the way.

    RELATED: Follow Live Storm Chasers

    • South Taurids- This shower peaks November 4-5. There are about five meteors per hour. This shower is active overnight and there will be no moonlight. 
    • North Taurids- This shower peaks November 11-12. There are about five meteors per hour. This shower is active overnight. 
    • Leonids- This shower peaks November 17 or 18. Look before dawn on those mornings to see 10-15 meteors per hour.
    • Geminids- This shower peaks December 13-14 with about 50 meteors per hour! It is best in the early morning before dawn. 

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    This is why you should seriously never eat snow

    Published: Friday, January 22, 2016 @ 3:06 PM
    Updated: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 9:27 AM

    Never Eat Snow - Here's Why


    Don’t eat the snow! A study, published in 2016, claimed that eating snow is potentially dangerous, particularly in urban areas.

    Dr. Parisa Ariya, a professor at McGill University in Canada, told The Huffington Post that snow in cities can absorb toxic and carcinogenic pollutants and that the snow itself combining with those pollutants can lead to even more dangerous compounds being released.

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    "Snowflakes are ice particles with various types of surfaces, including several active sites, that can absorb various gaseous or particulate pollutants," she said.

    Ariya, who led the study, said she did not "wish to be alarmist," but "as a mother who is an atmospheric physical chemist, I definitely do not suggest my young kids eat snow in urban areas in general."

    The study examined how snow interacts with pollutants from car exhaust in the air. Findings showed that snow pulled pollutants like benzene, ethylbenzene, toluene and xylenes from the air. The amount of pollutants concentrated in the snow increased dramatically.

    "Without considering snow and ice, one will not be able to properly evaluate the effect of exhaust emission, and subsequently health and climate impacts, for the cities which receive snow," Ariya said. "Further research is recommended to address various aspects of such experiments under various environmental conditions, for adequate implementation in future modeling."

    Weather alerts continue; blowing snow will keep roads slick

    Published: Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 3:23 AM
    Updated: Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 11:50 PM

    A wintry mess will lead to a slippery evening commute.

    Snow turns into flurries overnight, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Total snow accumulation is expected between 2 and 4 inches for most, with isolated higher amounts closer to the Interstate 71 corridor. Gusty winds will create blowing and drifting snow overnight. Temperatures will drop in to the lower teens by morning.

    WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY in effect through 10 a.m. Saturday for entire region, except for Clinton County, which is under a Winter Storm Warning until 10 a.m. Saturday.

    PHOTOS: Ice, snow hits the Miami Valley


    • Snow tapers off overnight
    • Blowing snow will keep roads slick
    • More snow coming Monday
    West Milton roads are snow covered in Miami County

    PHOTOS: Ice, snow hits the Miami Valley


    • Snow tapers off overnight
    • Blowing snow will keep roads slick
    • More snow coming Monday

    >> WHIO Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar

    (Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

    >> WHIO Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar


    Saturday: Clouds will linger with a chance for flurries. Highs will hold in the upper teens with wind chills near zero.

    (Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

    >> RELATED: Winter Weather Awareness: What are the different types of Winter Weather Alerts?

    AAA Miami Valley spokeswoman solves the debate of if wiper blades should be flipped or not in freezing temperatures. Video by Amelia Robinson

    Sunday: Skies will remain mostly cloudy. Temperatures will stay cold, only reaching into the upper teens.

    >> Download our free WHIO Weather App for alerts and the latest forecast on your mobile devices

    Monday: Cloudy with snow developing. Some accumulation possible. Highs will be in the upper 20s.

    (Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

    Tuesday: Skies will be mostly cloudy with frigid temperatures only in the lower teens. Gusty winds will hold wind chills between minus 10 and minus 15.

    Wednesday: Some sunshine returns but it stays cold with highs only in the upper teens.

    Friday storm brings threat for icing before transition to snow

    Published: Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 1:43 AM

    Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at the wintry mix and snow possible with our next system.

    Despite being less than 36 hours away from the upcoming storm, there is still a wide disagreement on the impact of this system.

    This has led to unusually low levels of confidence in snowfall amounts. It is because of the low confidence why our friends at the National Weather Service in Wilmington have held off on issuing any winter storm watches despite some of the surrounding offices doing so.

    >> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

    That all being said, here is what we are concerned about — it appears the incoming cold air will likely "undercut" the warm air Friday, causing precipitation to change from rain to freezing rain. My concern is a lot of the higher-resolution models which can make up on this type of set-up are increasing the threat for icing.

    >> Winter storm to move in quicker, move out faster

    On the positive side, we will have a warmer ground than in days past to start with, so the icing may be delayed through the day Friday. The negative is once we get closer to sunset and temperatures continue to drop, that icing may become much more of an issue. 

    >> What to have in your winter car kit

    Here is my other concern — even though snowfall amounts seem to be dropping on the latest models, even a few inches of wet snow onto tree limbs and/or power lines coated in ice could become another issue all together. Plus, ice underneath snow creates a unique challenge to road treatment. 

    Also, there are still a few high-resolution models that are sticking with the higher snowfall amounts (6+ inches), so I still don't think we can rule out higher amounts.

    >> 7 winter weather driving tips

    But for now — I am thinking 2-4 inches is most likely, but that is on top of some ice. Combine that with gusty winds developing Friday night into Saturday and the impact of this storm will be just the same as a bigger snow event. 

    Bottom line - be ready for a typical Ohio winter storm.