Early this morning, it felt like Spring, with temperatures in the mid-60s in much of the Miami Valley. As a cold front moved in… things really changed fast! Here is a look at 8am temps:
Still mild in the east, and turning colder in the west. Looking farther behind that front… it is MUCH colder, and all of that air is on the way:
We have a few showers moving in ahead of the front–mainly affecting our southern and eastern counties. There should be a lull in any precipitation this afternoon, with another surge working in late-day:
The drive home from work will be wet and chilly, with temps dropping into the lower 40s. As the evening wears on, cold air will continue to spill into the region. This will help to change our rain to a wintry mix; we expect freezing rain and sleet… even some snow across the far north, where we could see some light overnight accumulation:
Some of the models have this wintry mess moving out just in time for the brunt of the Friday morning drive… BUT temps will be in the upper 20s, so any moisture will mean slick spots on area roads. Travel tonight AND on Friday will be tricky!
And for that reason most of the Miami Valley is under a Winter Weather Advisory. We are still concerned about exactly how MUCH ice/sleet will fall before we change over to snow Friday afternoon. It does look like by lunchtime, most of us will have made that switch, and snow will start to accumulate. I have lowered our storm totals a bit… but we do still expect a good shovel-able snow accumulation:
As this is a developing situation, don’t let this be the last forecast you see!! We will continue to adjust it as the precip develops and the cold air moves in. Tara will have a look at things later today.
The storm winds down Friday night and precip comes to an end. Then we will be turning our attention to the MUCH colder air… with lows dipping into the teens and wind chills in the single-digits. Saturday afternoon looks dry and cold, with another wintry system to affect the area on Sunday.