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Colder air is here and will stay for awhile…

November 12th, 2014 at 6:44 am by under Weather

Tuesday was our last mild day for a long time. We again climbed into the 60s, ahead of a cold front. The front brought some light rain to the area, as expected, and Dayton officially picked up .07″ of precipitation. Now that front is off to our east, and with that… it’s cold. Much colder than this same time yesterday:

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This cold air mass is going to stick around for awhile. We could even see a few flurries around parts of the Miami Valley Thursday or Friday. But it’s nothing like they’re experiencing across parts of the western US. That’s where they have sub-zero temperatures and even Winter Weather Advisories/Winter Storm Warnings:

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Saturday will be chilly with sun, but the next storm system arrives on Sunday. We will see afternoon temps push into the upper 30s ahead of this front. This will be our next chance of showers, and right now it looks like we’ll see scattered snow showers. This disturbance also ushers in a reinforcing shot of cold air, so we will stay well below-normal as we head through next week.

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Last nice day before the bottom drops out!

November 11th, 2014 at 10:20 am by under Weather

We have one more nice day before a cold front changes everything for the area. Plenty of sunshine is in the works this morning, and should continue into the early afternoon hours. Clouds will increase during the mid-late afternoon as a cold front moves in:

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Ahead of that front, southerly winds will continue to be quite breezy, but will boost temperatures into the low and mid 60s area-wide. There are also showers that will move in with the front. We expect rain chances to be highest after 3 or 4pm today.  Showers will continue into the evening and first part of the overnight:

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As winds shift behind the front, MUCH colder air will move into the region. High temperatures will be chilly on Wednesday, but will run about 20-degrees below normal by the end of the week:

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As the cold air takes over, we can’t rule out a few flurries. The weekend looks chilly, with another disturbance arriving on Sunday with rain or snow showers. This disturbance also ushers in a reinforcing shot of cold air for early next week! Enjoy this last nice day for awhile!

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This week: Mild to start… cold to finish

November 10th, 2014 at 6:44 am by under Weather

High pressure brought us a beautiful and near-normal Sunday afternoon. We enjoyed sunshine, and high temperatures in the lower-50s. This morning, the high has shifted to our east… and this has allowed a southerly breeze to set-up:

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Winds increase this afternoon, and will stay up over the next 24-hours. The good news: the south wind will bring in warmer air! We expect highs near 60-degrees both today and Tuesday. HOWEVER, a cold front will approach Tuesday afternoon, bringing some showers to the region:

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The best chance of rain will occur after 3 or 4pm Tuesday. This front will allow MUCH colder weather to build in for the rest of the week:

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The temperatures above reflect afternoon highs… overnight lows will be down near 20-degrees. A lot of outlying spots could even hit the teens by the end of the week, as we go from short sleeve… to turtleneck weather in a matter of days! And with the cold air moving in, a few flurries will even be possible!

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Warm up before a cold blast

November 8th, 2014 at 6:15 pm by under Weather

A cold front is passing through right now bringing low clouds and a few light sprinkles.

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Highs today were closer to normal.

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We’ll see clouds through the overnight hours but we’ll break into some sunshine for Sunday.

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Temperatures will rise Monday into the upper 50′s near 60 on breezy southwesterly winds.

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It will be dry with some sunshine to start the work week.

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A cold front will move through Tuesday.  This will bring us a chance for some showers during the afternoon Tuesday.  One thing you’ll notice is the BIG drop in temperature.  A cold blast will envelope most of the country from Wednesday through the end of the week and next weekend.

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Highs will stay in the 30′s around the Miami Valley and lows will drop in the 20′s.

Stay warm!
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Chilly weekend, even colder next week!

November 7th, 2014 at 8:10 am by under Weather

High pressure building in from the west will bring a dry, chilly day to the Miami Valley. Ahead of it, it’s a little breezy this morning, and wind chills are in the 20s!

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At least we will see some sunshine with dry conditions through the day. Temperatures top out about 10-degrees below normal this afternoon, as we hit highs in the mid-40s. High school football playoff games will be dry but cold this evening, with readings dropping back through the 30s.

Another disturbance moves in on Saturday, bringing the chance of a few showers to the area during the afternoon:

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Winds also increase as the disturbance moves through, so it will be a breezy and cool afternoon. Temperatures dip a bit Sunday… come back up Monday… and take a big dive as we head into the middle part of the week! Highs will be in the 30s Wed-Fri, with lows dipping into the lower 20s.

Have a great weekend!
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Election day showers…

November 4th, 2014 at 6:08 am by under Weather

We have another nice morning in the works here in the Miami Valley! It is breezy, with a strong southwest wind… and that will continue through the day. But the winds and the clouds we have overhead are helping to hold temperatures UP:

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That cold front moves in later this afternoon, and as that happens, our rain chances increase. We expect showers to be around in spots, with the best chance of rain coming after 2pm:

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So the earlier you vote, the better your chances at staying dry! At least we will be mild, with lower 60s for highs today. Things change for the rest of the week, as a gradual cooling trend takes over:

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We also expect an active weather pattern right through the first part of the weekend. We may see a few more showers on Wednesday–the best chance will be across the southern Miami Valley later in the day:

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And another disturbance moves in from the west on Thursday, keeping rain chances decent.

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Freezing tonight and we’re falling back

November 1st, 2014 at 6:22 pm by under Weather

Halloween was a trick to many of those out getting candy last night.  Rain cold temperatures and then snow developed after 8 p.m. last night.  A few snow showers were also around very early this morning.  Chuck Long took this picture of the snow from Indian Lake.

Chuck Longo Indian Lake

It was a cold, cloudy and windy day around the Miami Valley.  Winds gusted around 30 mph at times today.

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The clouds are still around right now but sunshine is starting to peek through the clouds.

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Skies will eventually become mostly clear tonight allowing temperatures to fall into the 20′s and end our growing season.

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The reason we are seeing such a strong cold blast is our jet stream or storm track is taking a large dip south.  This is also one of the reasons why the southeast saw snow this morning and freezing temperatures tonight.

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Skies clear tonight and we’ll start off cold but sunny for Sunday.

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Temperatures will be below normal for Sunday but will rise to near normal conditions for Monday with partly cloudy skies.

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Don’t forget to set your clocks BACK one hour as we FALL BACK to standard time.  Daylight Saving Time (not savings – we’re saving time not putting it into a savings bank account)

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This means we’re going to see the sun rising earlier but setting right after you get home from work now.

Have a great weekend!
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Turning colder beyond today!

October 30th, 2014 at 7:46 am by under Weather

We’re starting off with some clouds this morning… and they’re doing good for our growing season! They have held temperatures in the lower 40s in most spots, so frost has not been a concern:

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Notice it’s closer to the center of high pressure… that is where skies are clear and winds are calm. We will eventually see some sunshine today, but it will be another cool afternoon, with highs in the lower 50s. If your community has Trick-or-Treat tonight, you have the better of the two nights this week:

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If your community has Trick-or-Treat on Friday, you might want to consider checking the list of Thursday Beggars Nights to drive somewhere else tonight! Friday looks cold, windy and wet at times. The rain chances will be highest after lunch, as showers move in from the west:

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And during the evening hours, much colder air will be moving in from the north… so temperatures will be dropping! Looks like many will have to cover UP the costumes on Friday:

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Yes, that is a snowflake on the forecast above! We may see a few wet snowflakes mix in during the evening, with a better chance overnight. We drop to 30-degrees early Saturday morning… and the afternoon high is only going to be 40-degrees! Brrrrr! By Sunday morning, we dip into the mid-20s.

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Cooler for a couple days… then COLDER

October 29th, 2014 at 7:29 am by under Weather

Tuesday’s cold front is moving well off to the east, and we have high pressure building in behind it:

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A cooler air mass has moved in, as well… and we will have a couple days near/below normal. Highs both today and Thursday will be in the mid-50s, with a mix of sun and clouds and dry conditions. This week, we have many communities having Trick-or-Treat on Thursday or Friday. You can get the full list of times and locations here: TRICK OR TREAT.

If your city has Beggars Night on Thursday… you win! Seriously, you will have MUCH better weather during the evening:

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On Friday… the Halloween forecast actually looks quite scary, if you’re not a fan of cold! A stronger trough drops in and temperatures really drop, as well:

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Expect showers during the daylight hours Friday… with the potential for some wet snowflakes mixing in after the sun sets. Little or no snow accumulation will occur. We still expect the first freeze of the season, too– both Saturday and Sunday mornings will be in the 20s!

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Showers today… then much cooler

October 28th, 2014 at 9:43 am by under Weather

What a warm start to the week! As expected, our high temperature Monday afternoon reached 78-degrees… just three degrees shy of  the record for the date. Overnight, it remained mild, check out these temps:

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Now things are changing! A cold front is moving into the Miami Valley today, and we will see showers and even a thunderstorm or two through early afternoon. You can keep tabs on the rain by linking to Live Doppler 2HD anytime!

It will also be another breezy day, with a southwest wind between 10 and 20 mph with slightly higher gusts. Temperatures will slowly fall later in the day, and we will be dropping into the 40s overnight. But this will not be the coldest night of the week! There is the potential for a frost and freeze in the forecast:

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There are a lot of communities holding Beggars’ Night on Thursday and Friday this week. Clearly, the better of the two days weather-wise is going to be Thursday. Friday looks even cooler, with the potential for a few showers at times. By Friday evening… IF the moisture lingers… we could even see a few wet snowflakes!  Eeek! Now THAT’S scary.

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Unseasonably warm today, with changes Tuesday!

October 27th, 2014 at 7:54 am by under Weather

A warm front south of the area will lift north today, getting us into an unseasonably warm air mass:

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We’re starting off with clouds north of this boundary, but as the front lifts through we’ll see plenty of sunshine in the afternoon. We expect highs in the upper 70s… quite close to a record high for this day!

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It will be a breezy afternoon, with southerly winds 10-20mph and slightly  higher gusts. But enjoy the sunshine and warmth. Things change as early as late morning on Tuesday, as a cold front approaches the area. This will bring in showers and even the chance of a thunderstorm:

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The rest of the week will feature temperatures at or below normal. Halloween is still looking chilly with a few showers possible. Right now, it looks like they may be moving out by Trick or Treat in the evening!

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Beautiful Fall weather to continue!

October 25th, 2014 at 9:41 pm by under Weather

What a beautiful Autumn day here in the Miami Valley. Believe it or not, a cold front was crossing the region. While we started off with clouds, they quickly cleared out as you can see on our satellite imagery:

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We enjoyed plenty of sunshine in the afternoon, which  boosted our temperatures significantly! We officially made it up to 75-degrees in Dayton. It was truly one of the best days of the season. Here are a few photos of the afternoon and evening:

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My kids helped… well PLAYED while we did yard work :)

Mark Allan took a 40 mile bike ride to Caesar Creek!

Mark Allan took a 40 mile bike ride to Caesar Creek!

Tom Westendorf sent this beautiful shot of the contrails in the clear evening sky in Kettering.

Tom Westendorf sent this beautiful shot of the contrails in the clear evening sky in Kettering.

Now a slightly cooler air mass will build in for the second half of the weekend. We will dip into the lower 40s overnight, and Sunday’s highs will be in the mid-upper 60s. Still above normal, and still quite pleasant. Look for a bright blue sky and lots of sun to top off our great weekend!

On Monday, a warm front will lift through the area in the morning, and bring us another warm afternoon:

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Then a stronger cold front arrives on Tuesday, with our next chance of rain. We will gradually turn cooler during the second half of the week, and unfortunately it looks chilly for Trick-or-Treaters (and high school football) on Halloween.

I hope you have been able to enjoy this awesome Autumn weather while it’s here!

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Partial solar eclipse today

October 23rd, 2014 at 7:07 am by under Weather

Skies will become mostly sunny this afternoon which will be perfect for the partial solar eclipse visible later today.  The best viewing times will be shortly after 5:30 p.m.

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A solar eclipse happens with the moon blocks out part of the sun.

Click here to see a web stream of the event.

Make sure you don’t look at the sun directly.  There’s a few ways you can view the solar eclipse safely.  If you have special glasses you can use those, watch it online or grab the cardboard from a roll of toilet paper.

Solar eclipse safely

Tape a piece of paper at one end of the roll and poke a small hole in the paper.  Hold the open end up to the sun and you can see the projected image of the eclipse.

Happy viewing!

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Cloudy and cool again with a partial solar eclipse tomorrow

October 22nd, 2014 at 7:20 am by under Weather

Clouds are going to hang around for much of the day today.  Eventually skies begin to clear out from west to east later this afternoon.

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We’ll see some peeks of sunshine by lunchtime but a better chance of sun for the afternoon and evening.

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Highs will stay in the middle 50′s with breezy winds out of the north.  Tonight with skies clearing temperatures will drop into the 30′s.  Frost will be likely.

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We’ll see clear skies late tonight and early Thursday morning.

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Temperatures slowly rise for the end of the week and weekend.  Highs climb above normal into the 60′s and near 70 by the weekend!

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Tomorrow will be clear so we’ll be able to view a partial solar eclipse.  This is when the moon blocks out part of the sun.  It will be brief though – eclipse beings around 5:51 pm and the sun sets at 6:46 pm.

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It’s important to remember not to look at the sun.  Click here to find out how to view a solar eclipse safely.

Enjoy the show tomorrow!
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Cloudy and breezy today

October 21st, 2014 at 6:34 am by under Weather

Lots of clouds today as a low pressure departs our area.  We’ll see a few peeks of sun but there’s still a slight chance of a few showers or sprinkles.  It will also be breezy with winds out of the northwest.  Highs are going to struggle today to reach the middle 50′s.

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We’ll see a little more sunshine Wednesday but temperatures are still going to be below normal.

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Temperatures are going to rise for the end of the week.  Right now the weekend looks great with sunny skies and highs in the 60′s.

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We’ve been asking for some of your fall color pictures and we appreciate your photos!  Here’s a couple of them.

FALL COLORSLINDA BRUNS BRUCE BRUN XENIA  JIMMIE ALESHIRE

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Cloudy with showers today

October 20th, 2014 at 5:43 am by under Weather

After a sunny Sunday the clouds are back for Monday.  We’re seeing a few showers north of Dayton this morning but more showers are possible this afternoon.  The best chance of rain will be between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

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Clouds will stick around today as a weak storm system drops into the area.  Winds will be breezy out of the southwest this afternoon and will switch to the northwest tonight and tomorrow.

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Clouds will stick around today, tonight and tomorrow.

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There’s a slight chance we may see a few spotty showers early Tuesday morning but most of the day will be cloudy, cool and breezy.

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The fall colors are peaking around the Miami Valley and many of you have been sending us your photos through reportit@wdtn.com Thank you so much for sharing!

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Linda Bruns Miami University

Here are a few pictures I took while hiking at Hueston Woods State Park.

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Have a great Monday!

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Warmer today, but changes for the weekend…

October 17th, 2014 at 8:37 am by under Weather

We’re finally getting a dry day in the Miami Valley as we finish off the week! High pressure to our south will bring some sunshine this afternoon, and strong southerly winds… which will help warm temperatures up near 70 degrees after this cool start:

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The cold front to the west will move in tonight, bringing just the slightest chance of a spotty shower to the area. This won’t happen until after midnight, so no threat of rain for the high school football games! It will be breezy and cool for Operation Football, with increasing clouds.

Upper level energy crosses the region on Saturday, bringing a better chance of scattered showers. It will be quite a different forecast for the weekend, with much cooler weather around. Highs will be in the mid-50s, and with a stiff northwest wind Saturday, it will feel a little blustery!

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Behind this system, we will really see temperatures drop! If skies can clear out Saturday night, we will tank into the 30s early Sunday morning. If you still have sensitive plants, you’ll want to protect them!

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The latest report from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has many of our local parks at PEAK fall color this week! This may be THE weekend to get out and take in some of the beautiful shades of the season. The better weather day looks to be Sunday. While it will be cool, it won’t be as windy… and we expect more sunshine for the latter half of the weekend!

I am heading to the National Weather Association annual meeting next week, to get my weather geek on! ;) Keep an eye on Twitter for updates from #NWAS14! Tara will be with you on 2 News Today!

Enjoy your weekend!
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Still unsettled for a couple days…

October 15th, 2014 at 6:45 am by under Weather

An upper low to our west will slowly cross the Miami Valley today into Thursday, keeping our weather unsettled:

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While we’re starting off dry, we will see scattered showers develop as we head into the afternoon hours. It will not be as windy as yesterday, and it we won’t have the prolonged periods of rain, but on and off showers can be expected:

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With the upper low and unsettled weather, it will be a cooler day, with highs in the lower 60s. A set-up like this sometimes causes “cold air funnels” to develop. These are funnel clouds visible in the sky… but they rarely touch down. The National Weather Service does not issue warnings for cold air funnels, but they can look threatening. In the past, I know some communities have sounded their outdoor weather sirens upon the seeing these ominous features, so just be aware of that. If you see one, snap a picture and send to ReportIt@wdtn.com or use the ReportIt feature at www.wdtn.com to upload your photo!

The upper low will be shifting off to our east on Thursday, but we will still have the chance of a few showers, as we remain mild. Highs will again be in the lower 60s. We do expect improvement for the end of the week–Friday looks awesome! Partly sunny, dry and highs into the upper 60s!

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Right back into an unsettled pattern this week…

October 13th, 2014 at 8:34 am by under Weather

A slow-moving storm system will keep the Miami Valley with the chance of rain each day this week. Today, a warm front will move into the area, and with breezy southerly winds, temperatures will soar:

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Scattered showers, even a few thunderstorms will be most likely during the late morning/early afternoon hours… but we really could see a shower at any time of the day. The rain chances, however, will be HIGHEST on Tuesday as a strong cold front moves in:

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We expect a decent chance of rain all day long, with heavy downpours possible. If storms line up just right, there will be the potential for “training” storms… and localized flooding. There is a minimal severe weather risk Tuesday, although a few stronger wind gusts are possible.

A closed low will be slow to move over the area Wednesday and Thursday. This will keep us with a 30-40% chance of mainly afternoon showers, and slightly lower temperatures:

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Right now, it looks like the low lifts out just in time for the upcoming weekend. We should return to dry weather by Friday!

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One more gloomy day before a better weekend…

October 10th, 2014 at 7:58 am by under Weather

A front has been stalled south of the Miami Valley… keeping the clouds and on and off showers around. And it’s STILL there today:

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A wave of low pressure will move along the front, pushing it a little farther north this afternoon and evening.  So rain becomes more likely as the day goes on:

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The best chance of rain will be along and south of I-70, although a few spotty showers will even be possible north of this. Rain will continue to be likely through the evening… so that means a not-so-pleasant Friday night football experience!

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But overnight, rain will taper off late… and we have a mostly DRY weekend forecast! Saturday will still be cool with highs in the upper 50s, but with some sun it will at least feel pleasantly cool. Sunday will be a little warmer, as we climb back into the lower 60s. And Sunday is trending drier, too, so just the slight chance of a shower late in the day.

Rain chances increase significantly early next week as a strong cold front moves our way. Temperatures will climb into the low 70s for highs Monday and Tuesday ahead of the system… but drop off again mid-week.

Have a great weekend!
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