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Icy mix to change to snow slowly, lighter accumulations expected

Miami Valley , Whitewater Valley, and the I-71 corridor of Ohio/Indiana:

(Some changes have been made due to the cold front moving quicker South. Colder air means dryer air is taking over faster. One wave of precipitation will transition to snow today with moderate accumulations. Then the second wave of precipitation that was suppose to move North tonight will likely stay mostly South of the region. Our region will stay on the light side of this push but still pick up some light accumulations resulting in lesser amounts of snow for most)

Rain/freezing rain/sleet will be the early stages of the precipitation early today with light icing and little if any sleet accumulation. Then precipitation will change to a sleet/snow mix then all snow through the afternoon and evening. Snow will be heavy at times through the afternoon. Pockets of snow called banding will form and those will be the isolated higher amount snowfall totals. Snow will lighten a bit by evening before another batch of light snow moves in through the early overnight tonight adding additional light accumulations. All this means that 2 to 4 inches of snow/sleet can be expected today then tonight an additional 1 to isolated 4 inches of just snow will fall on top of the the 2 to 4. This makes storm totals of 3 to 7 inches with isolated 8 inches especially East of I-71. Temperatures will fall to near 20 by days end. Tonight temperatures will fall to near 10 by dawn. This means salt will be less effective. Winds will pick up to near 30 mph at times Monday blowing and drifting snow will be possible. Sun returns Monday evening but with clear skies overnight Monday night temps fall to near 0 if not a bit below.

Long range:
Colder air will stay with us through Thursday before temps begin to rebound to more March like levels Friday and into next weekend.

The following is the seven day forecast for the Dayton metro area and a 50 mile radius around it. Other metro areas like Columbus, Cincinnati, and Portsmouth are not included. For those areas please request a separate forecast. Thanks.

Today 3/2 - Mostly cloudy, freezing rain/sleet mixing with and changing to snow by noon. Heavy at times. Winds N 5 to 15 mph. High 27 falling to 20 by dark. Chance of precipitation 100%. Snowfall around 2 to 4 inches.

Tonight 3/2 - Mostly cloudy, snow before midnight ( Some pockets could be heavy early evening), then scattered snow showers and flurries. Blowing snow late. Winds N 10 to 20 mph, becoming NE late with gust to 25 mph late. Low 10. Chance of snow 100%. Snowfall around 1 to isolated 4 inches especially South.

Monday 3/3 - Mostly cloudy, a few flurries early then becoming partly sunny. Breezy. Winds NE 15 mph, gust to 30 mph. High 18. Chance of snow 40%.

Mon night 3/3 - Partly cloudy. Winds N light. Low 0.

Tuesday 3/4 - Mostly sunny. High 24.

Tues night 3/4 - Partly cloudy. Low 12.

Wednesday 3/5 - Mostly cloudy. High 29.

Wed night 3/5 - Partly cloudy. Low 18.

Thursday 3/6 - Mostly sunny. High 34.

Thur night 3/6 - Partly cloudy. Low 23.

Friday 3/7 - Partly sunny. High 44.

Fri night 3/7 - Mostly cloudy. Low 28.

Saturday 3/8 - Mostly cloudy. High 39.

Sat night 3/8 -Mostly cloudy. Low 24.

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