Winter brings strong winds, freezing rain to area

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Winter brings strong winds, freezing rain to area

Strong winds are likely to blame for widespread power outages Monday night, after rain turned to freezing rain and snow to make the drive home difficult.

Wind gusts over 40 mph are blowing through the Dayton area after precipitation left a coating of ice on trees and power lines.

"Strong winds will back off overnight. Still looks like light snow moves back in to areas primarily north of US 36, with a little south of there but not south of I-70," said Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Jamie Simpson. "Refreeze will be a big concern, especially on untreated surfaces. By 10 a.m. or so we should be safely above freezing and improving."

Walking or driving could be treacherous on untreatedd surfaces, like sidewalks, driveways, parking lots and untreated side streets.

Snow and sleet will linger tonight in the northeast parts of the Miami Valley.

Temps will fall from around freezing to the upper 20s. Strong wind gusts will move through from 9 to 11 p.m. tonight. Icy roads could be a concern for motorists tonight.

Roads could be messy Tuesday morning, depending on how well the roads are treated.

A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 4 a.m. Tuesday for Montomgery, Clark, Greene, Preble, Auglaize, Champaign, Darke, Logan, Shelby and Union (Ind.) counties.

Temperatures will warm into the upper 30s to the north and low-40s in Dayton, Springfield and everywhere south. Clouds will give way to mostly sunny skies. Temperatures will drop to at or below freezing Tuesday night so anything that hasn't melted away could refreeze.

Wednesday looks mostly sunny and nice, with highs around 40 degrees.

Highs could reach into the 50s, perhaps pushing 60 degrees in Butler and Warren counties on Thursday, but rain is in the forecast.

The next chance for some light snow arrives on Saturday.

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