A cold front moved through late Wednesday, and that has opened the door for more cold air to spill into the Miami Valley! Morning temps have been holding steady in the lower 20s, but it is colder where our winds are coming from:
So that means we will continue a below-normal trend here in Dayton, with highs more than 20-degrees below the normal values. We are forecasting a high of 27. Clouds have been breaking up, but should fill back in through the day, and we can’t rule out a spotty flurry. It will still be breezy today, but High pressure builds right over us tomorrow, allowing winds to relax a bit. Look for plenty of sun on Friday, with highs similar to today–in the upper 20s.
Over the weekend, the high will shift off to the east… and southerly winds develop. You know what that means:
Yes… a warming trend! Saturday we expect highs in the 40s, and we should reach the 50s on Sunday! This does come along with the chance for showers, however. And at least initially Saturday morning, it will still be cold enough for a little freezing rain or snow before we change over to all rain. It’s rain showers for Sunday and Monday, too.
But it’s nothing but SNOW in Buffalo, New York. We’ve been sharing images and stories on our newscasts this week about the incredible amount of lake effect snow that has most in that area snowed in! Here are some of my favorite pictures… and some statistics to compare just how much they’ve received to our normal and record snowfall in Dayton:
LES happens when cold air moves over long stretches of relatively warm lake water. It picks up moisture here, and the lift is enhanced when that air mass hits land. This leads to narrow but intense bands of snow, that sometimes move very little. Here is the latest on the Lake Effect Snow Warning that is currently valid for the area, as they expect another 2-3 feet of snow:
* IMPACTS...HEAVY LAKE EFFECT SNOW WILL RESULT IN VERY DIFFICULT
OR NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TRAVEL AT TIMES IN THE HEAVIEST PORTION
OF THE BAND. THUNDER AND LIGHTNING WILL ACCOMPANY THE HEAVIEST
SNOW. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL DURING THE LAKE EFFECT SNOW...EXPECT
SEVERE WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS WITH VERY LOW VISIBILITY AND
DEEP SNOW COVER ON ROADS. SOME ROADS THAT HAVE BEEN CLEARED
MAY BECOME IMPASSABLE AGAIN. DO NOT TRAVEL IN THE MOST HEAVILY
AFFECTED AREAS! SNOW LOADS ON BUILDINGS MAY REACH CRITICAL
LEVELS AND RESULT IN STRUCTURAL FAILURE.