Winter Weather Advisory cancelled; drivers should watch for slick roads

Published: Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 4:05 AM
Updated: Saturday, December 30, 2017 @ 4:32 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini breaks down the timing of the snow that develops later today into the night.

Snow will slowly taper off. Gusty winds will develop and create some blowing and drifting of the snow. Total accumulations through Saturday morning will range from 2 to 4 inches with some isolated 5-inch amounts possible, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Temperatures will fall back into the middle teens by daybreak.

PHOTOS: It’s a snowy end to 2017

A Winter Weather Advisory has been cancelled for the entire area. 

Wind Chill Advisory issued for Randolph County from 7 p.m. Saturday through 1 p.m. Tuesday..

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  • Snow tapers off by morning
  • Accumulation of 2 to 4 inches
  • Dangerous cold to start new year

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Future Snowfall(Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

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Saturday: A few lingering snow showers or flurries will be possible in the morning with skies staying mostly cloudy. Gusty winds still may create some blowing and drifting of the snow. Temperatures will top out in the upper teens by late morning but then fall by late afternoon.

5 Day Forecast with Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell

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Saturday Forecast(Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

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New Year’s Eve: Temperatures will start Sunday near zero and only climb into the lower teens for highs with mostly cloudy skies. A few passing flurries are possible. Wind chill readings will likely range from minus 10 degrees to minus 15 degrees, and could dip colder after dark. Temperatures at midnight are expected to be in the lower single digits.

New Year's Forecast(Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

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New Year’s Day: Skies will be partly cloudy with temperatures starting the day from zero to minus 5 degrees, and highs reaching to near 10 degrees. Wind-chill readings will stay below zero.

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Tuesday: Morning temperatures are expected to range from 5 to 10 below zero with highs for the day reaching into the middle teens. Skies will be mostly sunny.

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Wednesday: Expect more clouds with a chance for a few passing snow showers or flurries late in the day. Highs will rebound into the upper teens.

Another cold night, but gradual warm-up coming

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 3:51 AM
Updated: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 11:50 PM

Temperatures slowly climb towards the weekend.

Wind chills will fall to around zero degrees under mainly clear skies overnight, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.

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  • Another cold night ahead
  • Dry, temperatures approach freezing Thursday
  • Warm-up continues, chance for rain this weekend

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5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs


Thursday: Sunny skies return with a slow warm-up getting underway. Highs will be near 30 degrees by late afternoon.

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Thursday at a Glance(Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

>> VIDEO: Mountains of thick ice pile along shores of Lake Erie 

Friday: Mostly sunny and breezy at times with highs reaching the middle 30s.

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Saturday: Clouds increase through the day with temperatures in the lower 40s. 

Thursday Morning(Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

Sunday: Cloudy skies with a chance for rain showers. Highs will be above normal in the upper 40s. 

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Monday: Cloudy skies, gusty winds, and rain showers during the day. Highs will reach near 50 degrees early, but will fall in the afternoon. Rain may mix with, or briefly change to snow, before tapering off Monday evening. 

Next Storm System(Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

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."

WPAFB Wednesday Forecast: Cold today, warming trend underway

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 1:03 AM

A false alarm in a building led to a temporary gate closure Wednesday night in Area B, a base spokeswoman said.
Staff Writer
A false alarm in a building led to a temporary gate closure Wednesday night in Area B, a base spokeswoman said.(Staff Writer)

While temperatures will still be quite cold, a slow warming trend will get underway today, said Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.

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Some sunshine will return to the area and after starting in the single digits, temperatures will rebound to near 20 degrees this afternoon.

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Skies will be mainly clear tonight through Thursday with temperatures climbing back into the upper 20s Thursday. The warming trend will continue into Friday and through the weekend with highs nearing 50 degrees by Sunday. There will be a slight chance for some patchy light rain or drizzle late Saturday into Sunday.

STAY INFORMED: School-Business Closings, Delays

Published: Thursday, December 08, 2016 @ 3:03 PM
Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 6:06 AM

Superintendents put a lot of focus on deciding to close school because of the weather.

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

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