Freezing rain advisory in effect

Advisory in effect early Thursday for 5 counties north of Dayton

A freezing rain advisory is in effect until 11 a.m.

It covers Clark, Mercer, Auglaize, Shelby, Logan and Champaign counties, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

“A few patches of freezing drizzle can’t be ruled out in the Dayton area, but by the time a more consistent rain arrives, it will be after temps climb above freezing in these areas,” said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Rich Wirdzek.

Bridges and overpasses, as well as areas where there are dips in elevation, would be areas more likely to become icy.

The icing threat in the north will end by mid-morning as temps climb above 32, he said.

Highs will be in the low 40s.

As a weather system passes east of the area late in the day on Thursday, colder air will change rain to snow showers. Not much accumulation is expected, but some slippery spots will be possible after sunset as temps fall below freezing. In Butler and Warren counties, ice and snow will be less likely.

Friday: Some slippery spots are possible for the morning commute, but the snow will have ended by then. Some afternoon sun is possible. Highs in the mid-20s.

Saturday: Increasing clouds late. Highs near freezing.

Sunday: A larger storm system will bring the area periods of snow throughout the day. At the time of this report, it appears enough mild air could cause some rain to mix with snow in the southern areas as the storm approaches. All snow is expected to continue in the wake of the system for a brief period before ending late in the evening. Highs will be near freezing in the afternoon, falling into the 20s by evening.

Monday: Breezy and much colder. Slick spots possible in the morning. A few early snow showers are possible. Highs in the upper teens.