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Local flights to and from Atlanta impacted as storm drops snow on South

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 5:41 AM

Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories stretch across the eastern US. Snow causing airport delays on Wednesday.

Some local flights are delayed to and from Atlanta this morning as snow falls in the South.

One to 1.5 inches of snow is expected to fall in metropolitan Atlanta through this morning. A state of emergency has been issued for 83 counties in Georgia.

RELATED: Frigid temperatures trail storm dropping more snow on South

Before heading to the airport, check our interactive flight delay map to see if your flight is on time.

Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Warnings have spread up the eastern half of the United States.

Snow falling Wednesday morning in Georgia, through the Carolinas all the way to New England is creating travel delays across the country. More than 10 states are under winter weather alerts for Wednesday.  

The governor of Georgia issued a state of emergency for 83 counties ahead of the snow and bitter cold. Early morning snow totals ranged from 1.6 inches in midtown to almost two inches near Douglasville. 

A Winter Storm Warning was issued by the National Weather Service for parts of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. The National Weather Service in Raleigh say 3-6 inches of snow will be possible through Wednesday evening in some spots.

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Local lakes water quality: Are you heading to a lake this Memorial Day weekend?

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 11:43 AM

Photo Courtesy: Ohio.gov
Photo Courtesy: Ohio.gov

If you plan on spending your Memorial Day weekend at a local body of water we have you covered with the latest advisories from the Ohio Department of Health regarding  area lakes and creeks.

>>Live Doppler 7 Radar

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The local bodies of water that are affected are: 

Grand Lake St. Marys- ODH has issued a “RED” danger Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory for Grand Lake St. Marys Camp, Main East, Main West and Windy Point locations. The Advisory states to avoid all contact with the water. Algal toxins at unsafe levels have been detected. For more information go to www.ohioalgaeinfo.comor call 1-866-644-6224

Madison Lake- ODH has issued a “YELLOW” Bacteria Contamination Alert for Madison Lake.  This is a warning for high bacteria levels. The Alert is posted when the level of bad bacteria in the water has reached unsafe levels and could make you sick. Children, the elderly and those in ill health or weakened immune systems are advised not to swim.

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The ODH also issues an “ORANGE” Recreational Public Health Advisory when an algal bloom is present and/or algal toxins have been detected. Swimming and wading are not recommended for: children, pregnant or nursing women, those with certain medical conditions and pets.

No local lakes are under an orange advisory at this time.

You can check the latest advisories in your area by visiting the Ohio Beach Guard website at Ohio Beach Guard

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Air Pollution Advisory in effect today

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 11:40 PM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 2:29 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini talks about what this is and who is at risk!

An Air Pollution Advisory is in effect today for Butler, Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Warren counties for smog.

With temperatures expected in the upper 80s with abundant sunshine and light southerly winds, conditions will be conducive for the formation of ground-level ozone, or smog, and may lead to elevated air pollution levels, according to the Regional Air Pollution Control Agency.

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Children, the elderly and people with respiratory diseases should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. Symptoms such as coughing, shortness of breath, or unusual fatigue may indicate a serious problem. Residents should contact their health care provider if any of these symptoms occur. The general public is not likely to be affected, according to the agency.

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To reduce smog, particularly on Air Pollution Advisory days: 

  • AVOID DRIVING IF POSSIBLE. Carpool or take the bus, or for short trips, walk or ride a bike. 
  • REFUEL YOUR VEHICLE AFTER 8 P.M., or if possible, don’t refuel at all when Air Pollution Advisory notices have been issued. Also, make sure your gas cap fits tightly. 
  • IF YOU MUST DRIVE, combine errands or delay them until the Air Pollution Advisory is lifted. 
  • DRIVE A CAR THAT IS WELL-TUNED. Avoid “jackrabbit” acceleration and excessive idling, especially at drive-through windows. 
  • AROUND THE HOME, limit use of small gasoline-powered equipment such as lawn mowers and trimmers. 
  • MOW YOUR LAWN AFTER 6 P.M. when the sunlight is not as strong and smog is less likely to form. 

For more information about air pollution, visit www.miamivalleyair.org for details and to register to receive “Air Pollution Advisories” via email.

In Butler and Warren counties, the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency monitors and reports air quality data as a public service.

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Humidity builds with threat of storms to start Memorial Day weekend

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 3:39 AM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 3:27 PM

Temperatures climbing with the chance for storms over the next few days.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

>> 5-Day Forecast

DETAILED FORECAST:

THIS EVENING: Mainly clear skies are in the forecast with temperatures holding in the lower 80s.

An Air Pollution Advisory is in effect today for Butler, Clark, Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Warren counties.

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TONIGHT: Skies will become partly cloudy as increasing humidity arrives. Temperatures will be a bit warmer overnight, holding in the middle 60s

SATURDAY: Expect a mix of sun and clouds with scattered thunderstorms developing by afternoon. Highs will climb into the lower to middle 80s.

SUNDAY: Partly cloudy skies and humid conditions are expected with a slight chance for a pop-up shower or storm. Temperatures will climb into the upper 80s with a heat index in the lower 90s.

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MEMORIAL DAY: Lots of sunshine is in the forecast for the holiday but it will remain hot and humid. Highs will top out near 90 degrees with a heat index from 90 to 95 degrees.

Fun fact: The warmest Memorial Day on record is 95 degrees from 1895!

TUESDAY: Expect partly cloudy skies with muggy conditions and a high near 90 degrees.

WEDNESDAY: Skies will become mostly cloudy with scattered showers and storms developing. Highs will drop back into the middle 80s. 

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Fire reported on Irwin Street in Dayton

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 12:51 PM

UPDATE @ 1:13 p.m. (MAY 25):
Flames damaged three vehicles in a vacant lot in the area of Irwin Street and Gaddis Boulevard this afternoon.

Firefighters said the fire is believed to have started when sun glaring through a window ignited something in one of the vehicles.

WEATHER: Air Pollution Advisory in effect today

The fire is not being considered suspicious, firefighters said.

INITIAL REPORT:

A fire has been reported in the area of Irwin Street and Gaddis Boulevard in Dayton this afternoon.

The fire was reported around 12:45 p.m.

A plume of smoke could be seen from miles away.

We’re working to learn more.

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