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Another winter storm heading this way

March 1st, 2014 at 7:31 pm by under Weather

Yes you read the headline correctly – more winter weather despite it being March 1st.  Hopefully you got out and enjoyed the wonderful temperatures today.  It’s going to snow, sleet and get cold again.

Today we managed to get up to 50 degrees in Dayton!

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Now we’re headed right back to winter.  We’re tracking a couple of different features in the atmosphere.  One is a cold front to our northwest producing a batch of snow.  The second is the storm on the west coast.  The west coast storm has been producing heavy rains in California.  These two are going to come together and produce our winter weather Sunday.

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The precipitation will begin later tonight as snow farther north and some sleet for the central and southern sections of the Miami Valley.  There’s a slight chance rain may even develop too farther south.  The heaviest batch of precipitation will be through the day tomorrow.  The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the entire Miami Valley beginning Saturday at 10pm through Monday at 10am.

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Like many of the winter storms we’ve seen this season we have to pay close attention to the rain/snow line and warm air.  This system like others in the past have a shallow layer of warm air which will produce sleet.  Depending on how far the warm air lifts north will impact our snowfall amounts.

Here’s a look at one of the computer models we use and where it suggests the rain/snow line will set up.  Notice the northern Miami Valley will likely see mostly snow through much of Sunday.  However the central Miami Valley – along the I-70 corridor – will see the chance for sleet until just before noon.

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Here’s what we’re expecting through this event.  Snow and sleet will be the main issues.  It doesn’t appear there will be too much ice accumulation but we may see a layer of “ice” on top of the snow.  Remember how we had that a few weeks?

Tonight look for some snow overnight with a few spots with sleet/freezing rain/rain.  By Sunday morning most of the northern Miami Valley sees all snow.

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By lunchtime there’s still a chance for some sleet in the central Miami Valley.  The line eventually falls farther south by the evening and everyone changes over to snow.  We’ll see our highs for the day shortly after midnight and temperatures will fall through the afternoon.  By 5pm temperatures will be in the  teens.

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Here’s our snowfall forecast.  Keep in mind the blue area may be one or two inches plus or minus – it all depends on how much sleet we see.

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It’s important to note:  no matter what kind of precipitation type you see roads will likely be snow covered.   Stay safe and make sure you keep looking back at the forecast.  Jamie Jarosik will be doing live cutins during the Today Show Sunday.  Brian Davis and myself we be monitoring the situation on Sunday and will have team coverage Sunday at 6pm.

Stay safe!
Tara
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Brief warm up but more cold on the way

February 22nd, 2014 at 6:32 pm by under Weather

I’m giving today TWO THUMBS up!  Wow – what a great day.  I hope you enjoyed it because the cold returns next week.

Today the mercury soared to 56!

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At 6pm many areas were still in the 50′s.  But notice farther north temperatures are in the 40′s.

ADI TEMPS

Our warmer temperatures really knocked back our snow pack.  We had almost 7 inches of snow a week ago and now back to bare ground.

FEB SNOW PACK

We are going to see some snow late tonight and early Sunday but it doesn’t look like it’s going to replace our snow pack.  A front will be dropping south late tonight and tomorrow bringing a chance of rain or snow shower tonight and snow showers tomorrow morning.

After a sunny day clouds are starting to increase and will stay with us through the weekend.

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We may see a few rain showers mixing with the snow showers at first tonight but they will change over to all snow showers by tomorrow morning.   We may get a brief break before another chance of snow showers head this way for Sunday evening.

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As for amounts – we may see an inch or possibly two farther north.  One thing we have to consider is the ground is still relatively warm thanks to the rain and highs in the 50′s.

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After the light snow comes the cold.  Temperatures will stay below normal for much of the new work week.

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Highs will stay in the 20′s and lows in the teens and single digits.  Stay warm!

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Gusty winds today but not as windy this weekend

February 21st, 2014 at 7:40 pm by under Weather

The National Weather Service office in Wilmington has confirmed a tornado touched down last night near Phillipsburg in Montgomery County.

It touched down around 10:55pm and was on the ground for about a mile.  Winds were estimated around 85mph which ranks it as an EF-0 tornado on the Enhanced Fujita scale.

This was the only tornado that touched down.  However the Miami Valley did experience some very strong winds and a few areas with wind damage Thursday night.

STORM REPORTS

Even though the cold front moved through last night we still had very strong winds across the Miami Valley today.  Wind gusts were near 45 mph for this afternoon.

WIND GUSTS

The winds will be breezy tonight and tomorrow but not as gusty as what we saw today.

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While winds were the main threat last night and today there has been some high water in many locations.  The recent snow melt and half inch to three quarters of an inch of rainfall last night allowed some area rivers and streams to rise.  The Great Miami River at Sidney just rose above flood stage.  There is a flood warning for Sidney however it is minor flooding and the river is expected to receded below 10ft for the weekend.

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Our attention now shifts to the weekend.  The warmup we had was brief and we now return back to colder weather.  We’ll see some sunshine to start the day Saturday before clouds move back in Saturday afternoon.

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A piece of energy heads this way Saturday night bringing us the chance of rain or snow for Saturday night and Sunday.

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Right now computer model forecasts are suggesting between a half inch and an inch of snowfall.  We’ll continue to tweak this as the weekend progresses.

We’re not finished with winter just yet.  Temperatures drop back into the 20′s for highs next week and lows head into the lower teens and single digits at times.  When’s spring again?

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tara
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More snow overnight

February 15th, 2014 at 7:31 pm by under Weather

Just the title you wanted to click after this snowy winter right?  As long as you don’t blame the messenger :)   (If you watched the 6pm newscast tonight Hutch gave me a silver medal not a gold one because of the cold and snowy winter!)

First off Friday night’s snow (2.4 inches at Dayton International Airport) pushed the seasonal snowfall total to 45.1″ which is now the fourth snowiest winter on record.  Here’s a link to other area snow reports.

TOP TEN SNOWFALL

A batch of snow is right now in Illinois heading eastward.  It will arrive shortly after midnight.  The good news there are no advisories or warnings in effect.  This snow will be light with accumulations around 1-2 inches.

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The snow begins first in the west then moves eastward overnight.  By 8am on Sunday we’ll see the snow turn more scattered in nature.

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The snow should be off to the east of us just before noon.  Sunshine will break out late in the afternoon on Sunday.

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Our attention then turns to another storm heading this way for President’s Day.  The rain/snow line looks like it will be right over Dayton.  This means we’ll see snow in our northern counties, freezing rain around the Dayton area and rain farther south.  As always with these types of situations it’s important to continue to check the forecast often.  Things may change as the storm system approaches.  We’ve had a history this winter of seeing warmer air move northward and dramatically changing the forecast.

We’ll start off dry on Monday but after 1pm the precipitation will begin to move in.  The pink on Future Trac at 7pm indicates the freezing rain/mix.  As of right now it looks like it will be right over Dayton and into Miami county.  The precipitation type will all depend on where this line moves.

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There’s a chance we may see some icy patches on Monday afternoon.  Right now it doesn’t look like there will be any significant ice accumulation.  Monday is also a holiday so hopefully there will not be as much traffic during rush hour.  Stay tuned to the forecast.  We’ll be keeping an eye on it.

Tara

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Snow through the evening hours

February 14th, 2014 at 7:07 pm by under Weather

Another round of snow is producing some problems on area roadways and creating another winter scene around the Miami Valley.

We have a Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 2am for Wayne Co IN, Preble, Montgomery and Greene counties.  A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Butler, Warren and Clinton counties until 2am.  Travel will be tricky as the snow will continue through midnight.

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Snowfall amounts will be lighter the north of I70 but heavier farther south near Cincinnati.

SNOWFALL FORECAST ADI

This snow will continue through the evening and begin to taper around midnight.  By Saturday morning the snow will end and we’ll start the weekend cold but with sunshine.

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Here are some photos from our report!t file from tonight’s snowfall:

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There’s another round of snow on the way late Saturday night and early Sunday morning.  Much of Saturday will be dry but it will be cold.  Temperatures will start around 10 and only climb into the lower 20′s.  Clouds begin to increase late Saturday night and by Saturday at 11pm snow will be in eastern Indiana and Western Ohio.

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Right now it looks like this batch of snow will be on the light side with accumulations near an inch.

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The snow ends by Sunday afternoon and then begins the warm up.  Temperatures rise into the 40′s for much of next week.

Have a great weekend!
Tara
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More snow this weekend

February 8th, 2014 at 7:28 pm by under Weather

More snow is on the way this weekend but for those of you needing a break from shoveling – the snow will be light.

We’ve seen a lot of snow and cold this winter season.  Take a look at the top 10 seasonal snowfalls.  We’re tied at number 10.

TOP TEN SNOWFALL

We’re tracking a couple of  disturbances in the upper levels of the atmosphere.  The first one will come through now and then another one will move early tomorrow morning.

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Here’s what you can expect this weekend.  Snow showers are likely early Sunday morning but will come to an end around 6pm.

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Total accumulations will be around 1-2 inches.  This will be a light and fluffy snow.

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We’ll begin to see some sunshine for Monday and Tuesday but it will be chilly.  Temperatures will remain well below average for the weekend and early next week.  We started out at 5 this morning and made it up to 23 Saturday.  Our normal high for this time of year is 37.

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While we’re chilly things are heating up at the winter games in Sochi!  Here’s a look at tomorrow’s Olympic forecast.

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Hope you enjoy the weekend and the games!

Tara
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Rain changing to snow

February 1st, 2014 at 7:40 pm by under Weather

Hopefully you enjoyed the nice day today! Temperatures soared into the middle and upper 40′s.

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Temperatures will stay in the 30′s as we head into the overnight hours before dropping through the morning Sunday.

Rain is overspreading the region now and will continue during the night.  Colder air drops in and by early tomorrow morning the rain changes over to snow.

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The snow will be light and begins to end by the latter half of the day.

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Accumulations will be on the light side with many areas picking up an inch but some may pick up as much as 1.5 or 2″

snowfall amounts

There’s a storm system we’ve been keeping our eyes on the last several days.  The exact track is still up in the air but it looks like a winter storm will be heading toward the Ohio.  The type of precipitation the Dayton area gets all depends on where the surface low ends up going.  Right now we can see a chance of rain, freezing rain/ice and snow late Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.  Be sure to stay tuned to the forecast.

Oh and many have been asking me to bring some spring like weather.  It looks like the weather pattern will be in favor of a chilly and stormy February.

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More snow with strong winds again

January 25th, 2014 at 7:22 pm by under Weather

We woke up to 2-4″ across most locations this morning but it was a bit difficult to measure with blowing and drifting snow.  The winds made it difficult to see even after the snow stopped falling.  Winds gusted 30-35 mph at times creating near white out conditions. Many of you sent us report!t photos and we thank you!  Here are a few of them.

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We’re in store for another round of snow Sunday morning.  It will bring around 2-4 inches across the area.  But the main concern will once again be the strong winds.   The National Weather Service decided to extend the Winter Weather Advisory through Monday morning because of the winds and extra snow we are going to see.

SNOWFALL FORECAST ADI winter storm warning

Sustained winds will be 10-20 mph with gusts at 30-35 meaning visibility will be reduced at times.  On some of those rural roads blowing and drifting will be a big problem.

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So when will the next batch of snow get here and how long will it last?  Look for snow to start around 7/8am Sunday.  This will continue until about 1pm.

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By 6pm temperatures will rise around freezing meaning there’s a slight chance we could see a sleet mixture with some of the snow showers.  We’ll see another break before another brief round of snow moves back in around 1am Monday.

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The snow comes to an end early Monday morning.  Bitter cold air takes over for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  High temperatures will stay in the single digits and lows will drop well below zero.

Stay safe, stay warm!

Tara
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Another blast of cold air on the way

January 19th, 2014 at 7:53 pm by under Weather

After the snowfall from Saturday it was great to see a little sun across the Miami Valley today.  We had a couple of great photos sent to us via report!t.

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Linda Bruns of Eaton sent us this sunset.

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The breezy winds were causing a few issues with blowing and drifting snow.  Here’s a look at some of the wind speeds through the day.

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A batch of clouds is moving through the Miami Valley right now so we’ll see a few clouds tonight.  We’ll start off with some sunshine Monday morning but clouds thicken during the afternoon.  There’s a chance for some light snow to head this way after 6pm and through the Tuesday morning commute.

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Cold air will be heading this way for the middle of the week.  Low temperatures will be near zero and could dip below zero Wednesday and Thursday morning.

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While it doesn’t look like this cold blast will be as bitter as the last one temperatures will still stay in the teens for afternoon highs.  Stay warm!
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Snow today and snow again Saturday night

January 17th, 2014 at 6:07 am by under Weather

A wave of systems will bring us snow chances over the next few days.  One comes through today and another one for Saturday. The snow showers today will produce about one inch possibly two inch in heavier bursts.  Some of the snow showers may reduce visibility at times.

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Today temperatures will be falling through the afternoon.  Highs will occur in the morning and fall into the teens by the evening rush.

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Later tonight/Saturday morning temperatures will fall near 10.  Wind chill values will be near zero.

Today’s snow will be light but there’s another wave heading this way.  This will bring more snow Saturday evening.  This one may produce a little more accumulation.

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Much of the day on Saturday will be dry but if you have any travel plans late Saturday night/early Sunday morning take it easy on the roads.

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We got a great picture into our report!t feature today.  Is it a sign of spring?

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Well it doesn’t look like that’s the case.  Looking at the extended forecast temperatures drop into the teens for highs next week.
Have a great weekend!

Tara

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Warm and breezy with spotty showers

January 13th, 2014 at 6:05 am by under Weather

Who enjoyed seeing the sun Sunday afternoon? !? Hopefully you enjoyed it because the clouds have already returned and will be here for the rest of the day.  Along with the clouds we have breezy winds and the chance for a few scattered showers for the afternoon.

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These winds will help warm us up to the middle and upper 40′s.  We’ll see another day above normal before chilly air moves back in later this week.

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The morning drive will be dry but scattered showers are possible after 1pm through the evening commute.

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Another disturbance works its way into the Miami Valley for Tuesday.  This will bring us a chance for a few rain and or snow showers for the afternoon and evening.

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Temperatures are going to be on a roller coaster this week.  A series of disturbances will move through dropping our temperatures and bringing us a chance for rain or snow showers.

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Have a great day!

Tara
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Breezy with some sun for Sunday

January 11th, 2014 at 6:47 pm by under Weather

It really didn’t feel like winter if you were up late last night or early this morning.  We had rain around the area and temperatures were in the lower 50′s!  We hit our high for the day shortly after midnight.

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Through much of the day temperatures held steady in the middle 40′s.

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It was breezy today and the winds will be pretty brisk tomorrow as well.

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Temperatures will be above normal for another couple of days before colder air heads this way.

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We’ll see clouds tonight but they’ll begin to break up overnight.  Look for some sunshine during the afternoon on Sunday.

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Have a great weekend!

Tara

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A warming trend with rain this weekend

January 10th, 2014 at 6:36 am by under Weather

After a frigid start to the weekend temperatures will be above normal today and through the weekend.  Highs will be in the 40′s.

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The snow pack that we gained over the last couple of days is going to dwindle.  April Combs from Celina sent us this photo of the snow covered roads in Mercer county.

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Later today we’ll see mostly cloudy skies with rain developing during the overnight hours.

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The rain will be with us through the first half of the day on Saturday.

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There’s a slight chance we may see a few flurries after colder air moves late Saturday night but we’ll see little to no accumulation.

As far as rain goes we’ll see the chance for about a half of an inch. Here’s what one of our computer models is suggesting.

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Rain will be likely again early next week.  While temperatures stay above normal rain showers will be likely again on Monday.

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Colder air is expected to move in by late next week.

Have a great weekend!
Tara
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Snowy start to the 2013-2014 season

January 8th, 2014 at 4:07 pm by under Weather

This winter season has been an interesting one!  We’ve seen snow before Halloween, heavy rain, warm and bitter cold temperatures and winter isn’t over yet.  October, November and December recorded above normal snowfall amounts for the months and January had its fair share as well.

Here’s a look at some of the snowfall amounts by month in Dayton.

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Even after a warm spell and 2-4 inches of rain in December we still saw some pretty good snows.

We ended up with a foot of snow for the month which is eight inches above normal.

DECEMBER VS YEARLY NUMBERS

We’re above normal for the year as well.  So far we have 21 inches of snowfall which is more than a foot above normal.

The average seasonal snowfall for the entire year is 23.3″ so we’re almost at our seasonal snowfall and we still have a few months of winter weather.

While we are off to a pretty good start we’re still a long way from setting any records.  Here are the top ten seasonal snowfall amounts.

TOP TEN SNOWFALL

 

Cheers to a new year and a few more months of winter.

Tara

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Arctic air invades area

January 5th, 2014 at 6:33 pm by under Weather

The warmer air won out with our storm system today.  That means we saw a lot of rain rather than snow.  Computer models trended a bit warmer closer to the event and that meant snow stayed north and west while rain moved into most of the area.  Mercer, Auglaize and northern Darke counties.  April from Celinda sent us this photo.  She said it’s been snowing all day in Celina.

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We’ll see the rain change over to snow eventually tonight. Mainly after 8pm.   Accumulations will be on the light side for most of the area.  However Mercer county will be the big winner in the snowfall department.

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One thing we’re going to have to be careful of later tonight and tomorrow morning is a flash freeze.   Whether you saw rain or snow roads are going to be difficult to travel tonight/tomorrow morning.  Any precipitation we have could freeze as temperatures plummet into the teens by early tomorrow morning.

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The snow ends by late tonight and early tomorrow morning but the bitter cold is here to stay.  Temperatures will start out near zero and fall below zero for much of the day.

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This cold blast is going to be dangerous.  Wind chill values will be around 20 to as much as 40 below zero.

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If you have to be outside be sure to cover up all of your skin and head indoors when possible.  This arctic air will be with us through Tuesday.

Stay safe and warm!

Tara
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Snow followed by bitter cold

January 4th, 2014 at 8:31 pm by under Weather

I was out of town for the last week visiting family in Northwest Indiana for Christmas.  It’s been a long time since I’ve experienced lake effect snow!  I shoveled my mom’s sidewalk about 2 or 3 times in one day.  Luckily the next day after about 8 inches of snow the neighbor brought over his snow thrower to give my back a break.

I get back to the Dayton area and there’s more snow on the way.  I promise I didn’t bring it from Chicago ;)

This is going to be an interesting storm because we’ll see snow, a possible mix of rain and VERY cold temperatures.   I’ve said this before and I keep thinking the most recent storm is the most difficult one I have had to forecast.  This one is no exception.  I spent hours pouring over data and several computer model outputs.  There are many scenarios that could happen but this is what I am expecting.

A line of snow is already beginning to get organized from Michigan through Chicago stretching toward Kansas City.  This snow will head into the Miami Valley sometime after midnight and will continue for much of the day Sunday.  Winter Storm Warning goes into effect Sunday 5am until Monday 4am.

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Expect the snow to be heavy at times especially for Mercer, Auglaize and norther Darke counties.  These areas will likely see all snow and not mix with rain or freezing rain.  The rain/snow line is something we’ll be watching closely throughout the day tomorrow.  One of the computer models suggests that most of the area sees rain while the one below shows that there’s enough cold air for almost all snow.

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Tomorrow morning as you wake up we’ll likely see some snow across much of the area.

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By the afternoon warmer air moves northward and this is where we’ll see the chance for a bit of freezing rain/rain or sleet.   The big question is how far with the warm air go?

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I think this model is a bit to warm and brings the rain a bit farther north.  However I do feel that the Dayton area may see some rain during the afternoon.  If that’s the case snowfall totals will be a little less.  Colder air moves back into the area by late Sunday night.  This means everyone will change over to snow.

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As far as snowfall totals….Again a tough one.  I will show the map but I will say this….there’s really not that many miles between these snow bands.  So the northern part of one county may see 5-6 inches more than the southern part.

(I’ve updated the snowfall forecast – computer models are still trending a bit warmer – these snowfall amounts may need to be tweaked again.)

SNOWFALL FORECAST ADI

Mercer, northern Darke and Auglaize counties may likely see the most from this system.  While Clinton county may not see much snow at all.  It all depends on where the heavy snow band sets up and how much rain we see mixing.  This snow will be a wet and heavy snow so make sure to take it easy when shoveling.  (Great for packing and making snowmen!)

By early Monday morning the heaviest snow tapers off and we’re left in the cold.  Winds will be picking up out of the northwest.

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This is some of the coldest air we’ve seen in a long time.  In fact we have the potential to break records.  The cold air is north and west of us but will head this way for Monday and Tuesday.

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When I say cold blast I mean COLD, BITTER, ARCTIC air.   Temperatures will likely stay below zero for highs on Monday.  Yes you read correctly…highs below zero are possible for Monday.

As you can imagine with temperatures below zero any wind will make the wind chill or feels like temperature very low.  There’s already a Wind Chill Warning in place for the Miami Valley for Monday.

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Wind chill values or the feels like temperature on your exposed skin may drop to 20 – 40 below zero.  This is not something to take lightly.  Stay indoors if possible.  If you have to go outside make sure that you limit your exposure and that you are covering every part of your skin.  Of course don’t forget your furry friends!  Their exposure needs to be limited as well.

So here’s a recap:

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We’ll be here to help you along and keep you updated throughout the weekend and during the week.  Jamie Jarosik will be live during the Today Show on Sunday morning to give you a look at conditions.  I will be here with Brian Davis Sunday night tracking the storm.

Stay safe and warm!
Tara
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Warm today but cold on the way

December 28th, 2013 at 6:14 pm by under Weather

Hopefully you got out and enjoyed the unseasonably warm day!  We made it into the 50′s this afternoon.

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We do have colder air heading this way.  Temperatures will still be above normal tomorrow but colder air heads this way for early next week.

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Before the cold gets here we have a mild night with rain on the way for Sunday.  We’re tracking a storm to our south that will head northward overnight.  This will bring us a good chance for some light rain across much of the Miami Valley early tomorrow morning.

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The rain will cover most of the area but it will be on the light side.  We’ll see warmer temperatures for the first half of the day before the colder air moves in from the west.

By the middle of the afternoon the rain subsides and temperatures begin to fall.

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There’s a slight chance we may see a few snow flurries or snow showers when the cold air arrives late Sunday evening.  If we see any snow showers they will be on the light side.

Monday starts out cloudy but we’ll see some sunshine for the afternoon.

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Temperatures will stay in the 20′s for highs on Monday and Tuesday.  If you’re heading out for New Years Eve make sure you bundle up.  Temperatures will drop in the teens!

There’s also a couple of weak storms we’re tracking.  This may bring us some snow to start out the new year.  Stay tuned. Cheers to 2014!

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Falling temperatures

December 23rd, 2013 at 6:54 pm by under Weather

The flood waters will begin to recede during the next 24-48 hours.  Most of the area picked up 2-4 inches of rainfall.  We received many great photos from you and we appreciate them.  Here are a few.

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I checked many of the rivers and most of them are seeing minor flooding.  All of the rivers will be below flood stage by Christmas Day.  Until then Flood Warnings remain in effect.  Please remember to avoid flooded roadways.  It only takes a few inches of flowing water to knock you off your feet and a foot to move a car.

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We’ve seen a lot of precipitation throughout December.  Snowfall is above normal and so is our liquid precipitation too.

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No rain is expected for the next several days.  However cold temperatures are going to be the main weather story for the next several days.  Some icy spots may develop where there are some wet roadways.

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Temperatures stay in the lower 20′s for much of the day Tuesday.
There’s a slight chance we may see a few light snow showers Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.  However it doesn’t look like we’ll see an inch on the ground which is the technical definition of a “white Christmas”  But it would be nice to see a few flakes flying early Wednesday morning.

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Heavy rain this weekend

December 20th, 2013 at 6:29 am by under Weather

We’re seeing a few showers on Live Doppler 2HD this morning.  Showers will be scattered throughout the day, but heavy rain is expected this weekend.

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We have a flood watch for the entire area beginning late tonight thru Sunday morning.

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We may see as much as 2-4 inches of rainfall.  The snow has already melted and with the heavy rain our rivers, streams and creeks will rise.  Those areas that are prone to flooding may see some minor flooding.

This is a large storm system that will be impacting much of the Midwest and Great Lakes.  Some areas will see significant ice, others heavy snow and for us heavy rainfall. Be careful if you are traveling westward this weekend.

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Temperatures will be warm with highs in the 50′s for much of the day and for the weekend.

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Heavy rainfall will be likely through much of the day on Saturday. You’ll need the rain gear basically all weekend.

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Cold air arrives late Sunday night.  We may see a few snow showers late Sunday night and early Monday morning.

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One thing I am slightly concerned about is icy conditions on Monday morning.  With all of that rain and temperatures falling fast late Sunday night we’ll be below freezing during the morning commute.  This may create some slick spots.

Have a great weekend and happy Friday!
Tara
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Warmer weekend with heavy rain likely

December 19th, 2013 at 7:33 am by under Weather

Yesterday as I was heading to lunch with my friends I noticed that there was still some ice in the parking lot.  I caught myself before I fell.  So it’s not a huge surprise to me that we have a handful of school delays farther north.  There’s also a level 1 snow emergency in Logan County due to icy roads.  Some of the county roads and side streets still have some icy spots.

It’s going to be a breezy throughout much of the day with winds out of the southwest at 10-20 mph. We’ll start off with some sunshine today but look for more clouds this afternoon.

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Temperatures will be about 10 degrees above normal today but will surge into the 50′s for much of the weekend.

above normal temps warming trend

The warm up is due to storm system heading this way.  Along with the warmer temperatures we’ll also see the chance for moderate to heavy rain at times throughout the weekend.

TRACK rain outlook

The temperatures in the 50′s, snow melt and heavy rainfall will cause the potential for minor flooding.

this weekend rainfall

Rain will be on and off on Friday but really pick up for Saturday and Sunday.

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After a warmer weekend temperatures crash below freezing.  We’ll have to be careful Monday morning with icy spots.  Temperatures fall back to the 30′s for much of next week.

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Have a great day!
Tara
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