Tara Hastings

Another cold day

February 23rd, 2015 at 9:05 am by under Weather

After the weekend snow we’re now feeling the Monday big chill.  The 4-6 inches of snow we saw now as a “crunch” this morning.  We’ve received so many great photos I want to share a few more with you.

Thanks to Mike and Theresa – they apparently want to “build a snowman” or have found Olaf’s siblings.

Sue has found her spring flowers in Springfield.

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A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect until 11am for all of the Miami Valley.  Wind chill values will be from -10 to -15 at times this morning.

Wind Chill Adv


We’ll see a lot of sunshine today but it really isn’t going to warm us too much.  In fact we’re going to be close to breaking a record again today.

Another Record

High pressure will build in for the day and keep us sunny but cold.

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Tonight temperatures will fall below zero.  By early Tuesday morning we’ll see readings a few degrees below zero and may tie or break a record.

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Temperatures will warm up a little for the middle of the week but we’ll still be below normal.

Temps this week

The slightly warmer temperatures will be temporary….highs will fall again for Thursday and Friday.

Stay warm!





Storm recap with a cold blast up next

February 21st, 2015 at 6:28 pm by under Weather

Much of the Miami Valley picked up between four and six inches of snowfall.  A few spots picked up seven inches.  We’ve received SO many snowfall reports I couldn’t fit them all on a map!  Thank you for helping with your reports and pictures.

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For a complete list of snowfall totals from the National Weather Service in Wilmington click HERE.

The snow has ended and temperatures won’t fall too much tonight.  Lows will be in the lower 20′s.  But if you can I would definitely shovel as soon as possible.  Temperatures are going to DROP Monday and Tuesday.

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Low temperatures will be near zero Monday morning and then below zero Tuesday morning.

We’ll see some clouds tonight and Sunday with highs in the 20′s.  A few flurries are possible Sunday afternoon but no additional accumulation is expected.

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On Monday we’ll see some sunshine however it’s not going to warm us up that much….highs on Monday will stay in the teens.

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Stay warm!




Accumulating snow Saturday

February 20th, 2015 at 8:17 pm by under Weather

The cold air is retreating but the warmer temperatures are coming at a cost.  A winter storm is heading this way.  Accumulating snow will develop overnight and continue through the first part of Saturday.

Winter Storm Warnings have been issued for most of the Miami Valley beginning at 10 p.m. and continuing until 7 p.m. Saturday.  A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Mercer, Auglaize, Logan and Shelby counties beginning at 10 p.m. and continuing until 7 p.m. Saturday.

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Snow will overspread the area after midnight and by early Saturday morning we’ll see several inches of snow on the ground.

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By lunch time warmer air will move in and we’ll see the precipitation turn into a mix and even changing over to rain for the southern half of the area.  The rain/snow line

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Rain will be likely for the end of this event.  That means some of the snow we’ll see during the overnight/morning hours will melt.

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The rain/snow will exit the area by Saturday evening.

Snowfall amounts will be heaviest along the I-70 corridor.  Keep in mind a lot of the snow will be between midnight and noon Saturday. Many areas will pick up between 4-6 inches with some locations getting 7 or 8 inches.

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Stay safe!
Storm Team 2 Meteorologist Jamie Jarosik will be here early Saturday morning providing live updates on WDTN and also updating the web at wdtn.com




Dangerously cold to end the weekend

February 14th, 2015 at 7:12 pm by under Weather

Snow squalls left us with near white out conditions today.  While we didn’t see a lot of accumulation it was the winds that made it dangerous.  Winds gusted at times to 30 and 40 miles per hour reducing visibility, blowing and drifting the snow too.

The dangerous conditions have prompted several schools to cancel evening activities.  Click here for a full list.

Thank you SO much for sending us your pictures and video!  You can use the reportit@wdtn.com email or you can upload your photo/video through our free Storm Team 2 weather app.

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Amy Hoying – Fort Loramie

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The cold front that brought the snow squalls and gusty winds dropped our temperatures quickly once it moved through.  Take a look at how fast the temperatures fell during the afternoon.  Our high for today will be from early in the day while the low will occur just before midnight…a little backwards.

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The snow is coming to an end but now we have to deal with the bitter cold air.  Wind chill advisories and warnings are now in effect for the Miami Valley until noon Sunday.

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Wind chill values tonight and tomorrow morning will approach 20 to 30 below zero.  Frostbite can occur within 15 to 30 minutes.  Bundle up if you have to be outside and don’t forget about those pets!

Lows tomorrow morning will be below zero and will stay in the single digits for the afternoon.  It looks like we’ll break a record for the coldest high temperature on Sunday.  The record is 11 set back in 1920 and we’ll only get up to 5 degrees.

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The snow comes to an end tonight and skies will gradually clear after midnight.  We’ll see lots of sunshine but that’s not going to warm us up very much.

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Temperatures drop below zero once again Sunday night and Monday morning.  A look at the extended forecast shows another blast of cold air for next week.



A warm weekend

February 7th, 2015 at 6:12 pm by under Weather

We had warm southwesterly winds really boost our temperatures today!  I saw several people out enjoying the great weather – from washing cars, running to just getting outside and enjoying today’s highs.

Linda Bruns from Eaton sent us a video of the dam at Crystal Lake.

Linda Bruns Dam at Crystal Lake Eaton

We started out with temperatures in the 30′s but with all of that sunshine and breezy winds temperatures quickly went up!

Today's tempsalmanac


It’s been a while since we’ve had temperatures this warm.

Last time we were in 50s


Clouds will begin to increase as a cold front approaches.  But I managed to snap this picture from our camera in Beavercreek.

Beavercreek Sunset

Look for mostly cloudy skies later tonight and tomorrow.  Winds will be breezy out of the south and southwest yet again Sunday with highs near 50.

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The first half of the day will be dry but shortly after noon there will be a chance for some showers.

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The showers will be light but once the colder air arrives after midnight there’s a slight chance we may see a few wet snowflakes.  No accumulation is expected.

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Clouds will stick around on Monday and temperatures return back to normal.



4pm storm update

February 1st, 2015 at 4:12 pm by under Weather

We’re getting a little break in the precipitation right now however there’s more rain and snow off to our west.  It’s raining in Indy and snowing north of there.

Here are some photos we got via our reportit feature and our Storm Team 2 Weather App.

Here’s one from late last night in Piqua


Amy Hoying of Fort Loramie sent us these pictures this afternoon.  She actually saw some snow!

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Right now the only areas under a Winter Weather Advisory are Mercer and Auglaize counties.  This begins at 8 p.m. and lasts until Monday at 7 a.m.


While snow accumulations will be higher in the northern part of the area everyone will see *some* snow later tonight when the cold air arrives.  Even though we’re not going to see that much snow the winds will pick up causing blowing/drifting and the temperatures will drop.

Because many areas saw rain today there’s a chance for some roadways to ice over tonight.  Use caution early tomorrow morning.

Enjoy your Sunday!

Snow, rain and sleet expected for Sunday

January 31st, 2015 at 6:47 pm by under Weather

We’ve been talking about this winter storm for the last few days and it’s almost here.  The track at first appeared it would give significant snow all over the Miami Valley however the track has shifted farther north.  This means the heaviest snowfall will be well north of Dayton and the central/southern half of the area will see some snow but also rain.

Here’s a list of the warnings/advisories for the area:

Winter Storm Warning (12am Sunday-7am Monday): Darke, Mercer, Auglaize, Logan, Champaign, Miami
Winter Weather Advisory(12am Sunday-7am Monday): Wayne (IN), Preble, Montgomery, Clark, Greene
Winter Weather Advisory (Tonight-Sunday morning): Butler, Warren, Clinton



This storm is very large!  Look at how far all of the winter warnings extend.

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The snow will begin to spread into the area later tonight.  There may be a little mix in the southern half of the Miami  Valley.

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There will be a light coating of snow on the ground Sunday morning across most of the Miami Valley.  By the afternoon the warmer air moves in changing the snow over to sleet and rain.

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The rain will continue for much of the day Sunday with heavier snowfall amounts farther northward.  The cold air returns late Sunday night switching the rain back to snow.  Winds will pick up so there will be blowing and drifting likely along with falling temperatures.  Roadways may be hazardous early Monday morning.

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Here’s a recap:

winter storm timeline

Now for the all important question – “how much snow will we see?”

Here’s my snowfall forecast:


The far northern Miami Valley – Celina, Wakapkoneta, Bellefontaine will receive the most 6-10″.  Greenville, Piqua, Urbana will pick up about 3-6″ and Dayton southward will see about 1-3″.  There will be a tight gradient meaning snow amounts may differ drastically in just a matter of miles.

Watch out for those roads Sunday and especially Monday morning.






Winter Storm Watch Sunday

January 30th, 2015 at 6:24 pm by under Weather





There’s a Winter Storm Watch in effect for Sunday for the entire Miami Valley.

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We’re tracking a storm that will head this way and begin to bring snow to the area late Saturday night.  One thing we have to watch is the rain/snow line.  Our newest computer model guidance is suggesting we may see  rain or sleet make it as far north as Montgomery county.  This storm track and rain/snow line is huge because it will impact how much snow we see.

Storm impacts

Snow will begin to fall after 10pm on Saturday and continue throughout the entire day Sunday.  Now there will be the chance for warmer air moving in meaning we may see some rain or sleet but the precipitation will last all day long.

Saturday will start out with mostly sunny skies and chilly temperatures.

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Snow begins late Saturday night.

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Now this computer model shows all snow however another one shows that we will see rain move as far north as Dayton.

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Many of you are wondering how much snow we’re going to see.  I have created a snowfall accumulation map but don’t let this be the last forecast you see.  


If the warmer air wins and rain develops the heavier snowfall amounts (6-9″) will move farther north and the 3-6″ band will have to move northward too.

We’re going to continue to keep an eye on this storm system all weekend.  Online at wdtn.com and on social media.  Stay tuned!




Snow with falling temperatures

January 25th, 2015 at 7:37 pm by under Weather

We’ve been tracking this clipper system for a couple of days and here it is!  The precipitation started out as rain for much of the central and southern half of the Miami Valley while it fell as snow for the northern half.

The Winter Weather Advisory was extended to Preble, Montgomery, Greene and Clinton counties earlier today.  This advisory is in effect until 7 a.m. Monday.

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Here’s a look at the 7 p.m. radar image:

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To get a live look at the radar click here. 

Notice the rain/snow line is continuing to move farther south.  The rain will exit by 10 p.m. and the entire area will change over to snow.

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We’ve had a couple of pictures sent to us via reportit@wdtn.com.  If you have a great picture, tweet, email or facebook us a photo!  Please include your location.

Rebecca LakeviewChris Arcanum

Lakeview is in Logan county.  There’s a lot more snow there because the precipitation stayed mostly snow there.  Chris in Arcanum reported seeing a wet and easily packed snow.  While that may be the case for a few more hours it will change to a light and fluffy snow as temperatures fall.

Here’s a look at the temperatures from 7 p.m.

7pm temps

Notice the temperatures are already in the 20′s in the northern half while readings are still in the 30′s in Dayton.

Winds have picked up too.  These are wind speeds around 7 p.m.

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Winds will be gusty at 10 to 20 miles per hour.  With the snow becoming light and fluffy we’ll see some blowing and drifting late tonight and early Monday morning.

Accumulations will be highest in the northern half and amounts drop off as you head south.


The snow will finally come to an end very early Monday morning.  We’ll be colder, breezy and cloudy for the afternoon.

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Be careful Monday morning!  There may be some icy patches from the rain we saw earlier today.  Temperatures will fall below freezing so some roadways may ice up.

Have a wonderful week and be safe!








Snow to end the weekend

January 24th, 2015 at 7:16 pm by under Weather

After a quiet and cloudy day we’re tracking a clipper system to the west of us.  We may see a few breaks in the clouds tonight but clouds will quickly increase again through the overnight hours.


This system will bring us some snow and rain – it all depends on where you live.  There’s a Winter Weather Advisory in effect from Sunday 10 a.m. until Monday 7 a.m. for the counties north of Dayton.

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These areas will see all snow and be in the path for some accumulating snow.  Areas south of this line will see rain at first before the cold air moves in and it changes over to all snow.

winter storm timeline

Tonight we’ll see mainly dry conditions with mostly cloudy skies.  The snow/rain begins tomorrow morning.



After 5 p.m. the rain begins to change over to snow.  Here’s what it looks like as far as accumulation goes:


Mainly 3-5 inches north and 1-2 inches south.  The white area is where the rain/snow line will set up and this is where we may see 2-4 inches.  This white line may shift north or south by tomorrow depending on how far the warm air moves north.

One thing to note:  after the rain/snow event temperatures will fall below freezing so if there are some wet roadways we may see some icy patches early Monday morning.

Stay safe!

Sunshine for Monday

January 18th, 2015 at 6:53 pm by under Weather

After a few showers this morning and a cloudy day we’ll see the clouds break up after midnight.  Today we saw highs in the 30′s for much of the day although our official high for the day was shortly after midnight.

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Yesterday we did see some sunshine and Bill Norman of Farmersville caught this sun halo.

Sun Halo

This is when the sunlight is refracted in the tiny ice crystals of cirrus clouds.  Please send us your great photos to reportit@wdtn.com

Look for sunshine for MLK day.  Temperatures will start out in the 20′s then climb into the 30′s for the afternoon.  Pretty seasonable.


Look for a quiet start to the work week as a bubble of high pressure takes control of our weather.

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On Tuesday a weak disturbance moves through and produces a few light rain or snow showers.  No matter what type of precipitation falls it will be on the light side.

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Have a wonderful week!


Freezing rain update 9:20pm

January 11th, 2015 at 9:30 pm by under Weather

I just wanted to do a quick update.  There’s so much going on….

First off freezing rain is now falling across much of the Miami Valley.  Use caution if you MUST travel.

Thanks to those who have sent in pictures via reportit@wdtn.com

Bryon Rowan Jackson Center – he says
sidewalks are icy
                                             Karen from Bradford sent this one

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Logan County: under a level 1 snow emergency for icy roads
Clark County: under an ice alertDarke County:under a level 2 due to icy roads

We’ve had several reports of accidents due to the roadways.  Use caution if on roadways.

There are about 1,700 power outages in Montgomery County and a hundred in Clark County.

A few schools have already called in with delays and closures.  Click here for the full list. 

Thanks!  Stay safe.


Wintry mix tonight and Monday

January 11th, 2015 at 7:54 pm by under Weather

Right now we have a mix of sleet and freezing rain around the Miami Valley.  You can track the radar by clicking here

Here’s a great photo we received from twitter.  You can tweet me, facebook with reports or send photos to reportit@wdtn.com

Bryon Rowan Jackson Center

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the entire Miami Valley until 4pm Monday.

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Notice the bright purple color – that’s an Ice Storm Warning for the Indianapolis area.  They are seeing significant icing right now and could get up to a quarter of an inch of ice.

We have the chance to see a lot of different forms of precipitation tonight and Monday.  Sleet, freezing rain, rain and snow.  Here’s how things will time out:

Storm impacts

It looks like most of the Miami Valley will see some sleet and freezing rain.  Especially along the I-70 corridor.  Ice amounts will be around a tenth to maybe .15″   Areas farther north will see sleet and snow.  Here’s how things will break down

sleet and ice forecast

Freezing rain and sleet will be possible tonight.  One thing I am worried about is rain.  Some of the computer models were a little warmer today and brought rain into the area around midnight.    This may melt what ice we do accumulate tonight but more freezing rain could form before sunrise.

If temperatures differ by just a few degrees it means the difference between rain and freezing rain.

Freezing Rain explainer

Precipitation will continue through the overnight hours:  either sleet, freezing rain or rain – depending on where you live.

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By 6am we’ll see the chance for some sleet and freezing rain before it gradually changes to snow.  Temperatures will fall throughout the day.  Again not seeing much with accumulating snow – maybe an inch or two farther north.

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After the precipitation comes to an end after noon Monday we’ll see cold air return.  Any wet surfaces will freeze as temperatures drop into the single digits by Tuesday morning.

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Stay warm and stay safe!




Wintry mix Sunday night and Monday morning

January 10th, 2015 at 6:39 pm by under Weather

After a cold couple of days we’ll warm up for the end of the weekend.  However with the warm up we’ll also see a mix of precipitation.

Today we saw temperatures in the teens for most of the day after a bitter cold start below zero.


We’ll see a few clouds later tonight and temperatures falling into the lower teens around midnight.  Temperatures will slowly rise toward sunrise with readings in the middle to upper teens.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for all of the Miami Valley from 1 p.m. Sunday until 4 p.m. Monday.

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Clouds increase throughout the day Sunday.  It looks like the precipitation will begin in the late afternoon.  Generally around 3 or 4 p.m.

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The precipitation will begin as sleet or freezing rain and even a little snow farther northward.  The precipitation will continue throughout the night and into Monday morning.

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Things will finally begin to come to an end shortly after noon Monday.

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This won’t be a huge ice or snow storm however it will make for some slick roadways.  Sleet and freezing rain accumulations may be near a tenth of an inch.  While snowfall amounts will likely be around one or two inches (could see three inches farther north where it will stay all snow longer).

Storm impacts

One thing to note – temperatures will fall into the lower teens by Tuesday morning.  So any wet surfaces will refreeze.  We may see some slick spots Tuesday morning too.

Stay warm and stay safe!


Cloudy weekend and our chances for a White Christmas

December 20th, 2014 at 6:28 pm by under Weather

Today we saw another cloudy day.  A thick deck of clouds has been pretty persistent over the last few days and today was no exception.  We haven’t seen the sunshine for several days this month.


Take a look at this video The National Weather Service in Wilmington put together click here.  It really shows the cloudy days all this month.

Despite the clouds we saw temperatures today into the 30′s.


Tomorrow is the first day of winter.  The winter solstice is when the sun’s rays are directed at the Tropic of Capricorn.  This means it’s the first day of winter for us but the first day of summer in the Southern Hemisphere.


There’s a chance we may see a few peeks of sun for the first day of winter.  If we do it’s going to be short lived…we’re tracking a storm system that will bring more clouds next week.


Temperatures begin to warm up Monday with highs in the middle 40′s.  We’ll see more clouds, breezy southwest winds and a chance for a few showers later in the afternoon and evening.


Looking ahead to Christmas:  There’s a storm system that will form and strengthen over the Great Lakes.  Tuesday we’ll be warm with highs in the lower 50′s and rain likely.  By Wednesday we’ll see rain changing to snow as colder air moves into the area.  Winds begin to pick up out of the west and northwest.  There’s a chance for a few flurries on Thursday too.


While I know many people are wondering if we’re going to see a White Christmas I want to point out we’re not going to see a lot of accumulating snow from this system.  We WILL see VERY windy conditions.  This means what snow that does fall may blow and drift.

This is the way it looks like right now but we’ll continue to monitor it all week long for you.  We’ll have updates on-air and online at wdtn.com


Cloudy, chilly with a few flurries

December 18th, 2014 at 5:43 am by under Weather

Today will be much like yesterday….cloudy and cool.  Temperatures will stay in the lower 30′s.  Clouds will stick around and there’s a slight chance for a few flurries this afternoon.  The best chance will be after 2 p.m.

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There’s a storm system producing snow to the west of us in Missouri, and western Illinois.  It will weaken as it moves eastward.

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We’ll have another cold start Friday morning with temperatures in the 20′s but for the afternoon clouds will clear.  Look for some sunshine during the afternoon.

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We’re keeping an eye on a storm system that will head this way next week.  At first we’ll see warmer temperatures move this way which means rain.  However the colder air will filter into the area behind the storm and it will turn colder, windy and we may see some snow.  It all depends on the track of the storm and when the cold air arrives…BUT there’s a a chance we could have a White Christmas.  So you’re saying there’s a chance?  YES I’m saying there’s a chance.

Stay warm!

Chilly air mass in place

December 17th, 2014 at 6:08 am by under Weather

Well we have quite a difference this morning than yesterday morning.  Yesterday we were in the 40′s and today we’re right around freezing. Much of us are seeing temperatures 15 to 20 degrees cooler today than yesterday.

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We’re seeing gusty winds out of the west.  Wind chill values are in the 20′s.   wind chills

There is a few flurries and a few pockets of drizzle.  Due to the temperature around freezing there may be some slick spots on area roadways.


The precipitation will come to an end by late morning but the clouds will hang around the area. We may see a few peeks of sunshine before it sets tonight.

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Look for a mostly cloudy skies again Thursday.  There’s a slight chance we may see a few flurries by the afternoon and evening.

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Temperatures will stay below normal for the next few days.  It will feel like December.

Have a great day!


Foggy start, mild with showers later

December 15th, 2014 at 6:22 am by under Weather

We’re seeing a few school districts operating on a two hour delay due fog.  You can find the latest closings by clicking here.

Visibilities are down to a quarter of a mile north and east of Dayton.


We’re tracking an area of low pressure heading this way later today.  We’re going to see temperatures above normal ahead of the storm.

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Our jet stream or storm track will bring winds out of the southwest in the upper levels of the atmosphere today and the switch to the northwest once the low passes us.  This means above normal temperatures at first then near normal for Wednesday through Friday.

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As the storm system approaches we’re going to see a chance for showers. Much of the day will be dry but we’ll see a chance for showers later this evening.

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Showers will continue for Tuesday as the low exits the Great Lakes.

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Temperatures then drop to near normal conditions for the rest of the week.


Tracking a cold front for Monday and Tuesday

December 7th, 2014 at 6:03 pm by under Weather

It was great to see the sunshine this morning!  Clouds have returned ahead of a cold front and they’ll be with us through the first part of the new work week.

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The cold front is well to the west of us but it will be making progress eastward through the day tomorrow.


Already there are some light rain showers and even snow farther north in Western Wisconsin.


Tonight we’ll be dry but clouds will continue to hang around through Monday.  There’s a chance for a few showers shortly after 5 p.m.

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Colder air builds into the area Monday night and early Tuesday morning.  We’ll see a chance for the rain showers to change over to a few flurries late.

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Depending on the temperature profile there may be a little wintry mix or freezing drizzle. It’s something we’ll continue to watch.

The rest of the work week looks quiet with near normal temperatures.

Have a great week!



Rain has ended; dry for the rest of the weekend

December 6th, 2014 at 6:13 pm by under Weather

It was a wet Friday and first start of Saturday.  Many areas picked up one to two inches of rainfall.

Here’s a look at the Doppler radar estimates for the last 24 hours.

Rainfall amounts almanac

The rain is off to the east of us right now.  We still have some  clouds around the Miami Valley but skies will continue to clear through the evening.

East coast rainfall

It will become mostly clear and chilly by Sunday morning.  Temperatures will be dropping into the 20′s.

Tonights lows

Look for a quiet and dry end to the weekend with temperatures near normal.

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We’re tracking a cold front that will move through the Miami Valley Monday evening.  This will bring us a little more cloud cover and a chance for a few showers by the afternoon.

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There may be a little precipitation lingering when the cold air arrives late Monday and early Tuesday morning.  This cold air may change the rain showers over to a few flurries early Tuesday morning.  Right now it doesn’t look like a big snow at all.

The rest of the work week looks quiet with near normal temperatures.

Have a great weekend!