Snowstorm coming to southwest Ohio, ‘several inches’ possible

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Snowstorm coming to southwest Ohio, ‘several inches’ possible

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Bitter cold will dip thermometers this weekend before an Alberta clipper brings in snow late Monday. Here, James Mylo removes snow Thursday morning, Feb. 9, 2017, from the cars at Dale’s Auto Sales located at 4400 North Dixie. MARSHALL GORBY / STAFF

Bitter cold will dip thermometers this weekend before an Alberta clipper brings in snow late Monday.

“We’re really focusing in on Monday as we’re watching an Alberta clipper that is expected to track into the Miami Valley,” said StormCenter 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs. “As we cool back down Monday night, we’ll change back to snow, and that’s where we could see some accumulation by Tuesday morning.”

Before the snow, clouds will increase through the day today with the slight chance of a passing flurry, mainly south. Temperatures once again will stay below normal with highs in the lower 30s. The cold will return again tonight with lows back down in the teens, Vrydaghs said.

“It’s been basically a month since we’ve had temperatures that cold,” she said. “Any light breeze would give you a wind chill in the single digits very quickly.”

Vrydaghs said gardeners should consider bringing flowers indoors if possible, or covering up already-growing perennials. The florists at Siebenthaler’s in Beavercreek advised the flowers likely couldn’t survive a freeze.

“When it drops this low, we’re talking about freezes as opposed to frosts,” said Collin Fanning. “They can survive the frost, the freezing is a little bit different.”

High pressure arrives Sunday, bringing mostly sunny skies back to the region. But Vrydaghs said this sunshine will not help to warm us though, as highs only reach into the lower 30s after a cold start in the teens.

Clouds increase Monday as the Alberta clipper approaches from the northwest. This will bring the chance of scattered snow showers to the area, Vrydaghs said. Some rain may mix in from the south as temperatures climb into the middle 30s by the afternoon.

As temperatures fall into Monday night, all precipitation will change back over to snow.

“This is still several days away, but if this pans out there is possibility to see several inches of snow by Tuesday morning,” Vrydaghs said.

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