This winter has been the fourth snowiest on record.
Photo: Storm Center 7
Photo: Storm Center 7

Overnight temperatures will fall to near zero

Area overnight temperatures will drop to near zero and some cloud cover is the only thing that will prevent temps from falling much lower than that, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Jamie Simpson said Monday night.

Still, there will be a few spots throughout the region where temperatures will flirt with 5 below zero, he said.

The frosty air comes o the heels of a record daily snowfall set at Dayton International Airport on Sunday, when the airport recorded 2.7 inches. That breaks the record of 2.5 inches in 1898.

Despite the low temps, Monday's sun melted the snow from the weekend, Simpson said.

"The sun is so strong compared to a month ago, even a few weeks ago, and we are only in the teens," he said. "So that brings up the threat of refreeze tonight."

Because temps will drop to single digits by midnight, any untreated wet pavement will become icy.

There will be a mix of clouds, sun and cold Tuesday with temps rising to the mid-20s by afternoon.

Wednesday is expected to be partly cloudy, starting cold in the low to mid teens and rising to about freezing by afternoon.

There's a chance for snow flurries Wednesday night and the volume may be enough to leave about an inch of accumulation in areas north of Dayton, from U.S. 36 to points north, Simpson said. The accumulation will be enough to coat roads again and create hazardous driving..

Thursday will be partly sunny and a little warmer with lows in the upper teens rising to the upper 30s.

Simpson said Friday looks to be the best day of the week. Temps will start in the mid-20s before climbing to the mid to upper 40s.

Saturday is expected to be cloudy with rain showers, which could mix with snow early as temps start just below freezing. Simpson said temps will rise to the 40s and rain could fall through the day and end in snow showers Saturday night.

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