The winter storm yesterday brought in some heavy mixed precipitation to the Miami Valley, as expected, and the afternoon and evening drives were slippery and slow. We were out driving around just as the precipitation started in the Kettering/Beavercreek area. It started as sleet, and then fell as freezing rain. We saw lightning between 4 and 4:30pm, and there were a lot of reports of thunder across the area. Temperatures were initially in the 20s as the precip started, but during the mid-late evening we warmed up into the 30s! This morning, most still sit in the low-mid 30s, with slick conditions area-wide. Icy, slushy conditions are in place area-wide. As the sun comes up, we will see significant improvement today!
Sun combined with southerly winds will help temperatures climb into the lower 40s today. Melting will continue! Then tonight, we once again drop at or below freezing… so we will have to watch for the re-freeze. Wednesday will be another dry day, but the chance for precipitation returns on Thursday:
A strong cold front will head our way… and ahead of it, we will see a breezy and mild day. It will feel like Spring, with highs in the upper 50s! We can’t rule out showers at any time during the day, but the precip chance will peak as the front comes through during the evening/overnight period. The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) highlights our area with the potential for strong thunderstorms during this timeframe:
Damaging winds will be the main threat, but with the potential for heavy rain we could also be dealing with localized flooding problems. Stay tuned to the forecast as we get closer!