Cold winds, scattered snow could lead to slippery Monday commute

Credit: Bill Lackey

Credit: Bill Lackey

Periods of rain and snow will continue Sunday as a cooler airmass moves into the region and a low pressure system heads east Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington. Occasional snow showers are possible into tonight and Monday morning. Most spots south of I-70 will mainly see rain during the day, but more snow may fall through the evening and overnight.

Lingering snow along the I-70 corridor will transition to snow showers this evening, the NWS reported. These snow showers will move south and be accompanied with a strong north wind and falling temperatures. The combination of the freezing temperatures and patchy accumulating snow will lead to an increased potential for hazardous driving conditions, the NWS said.

The NWS predicted we will see rushes of cold air, with winds of 10 to 20 mph, with higher gusts. Temperatures will hold steady or drop. Combined with scattered snow, travel could quickly become dangerous, the NWS said.

So far, about 2-4 inches of snowfall has been reported along and just north of I-70 and about 1-2 inches south of the highway. However, compaction and melting has cut those amounts, according to NWS. Melting snow has also caused some areas to flood, such as Fairfield Road and Crossing Blvd. in Beavercreek.

The region will see a break in precipitation early Monday, with the next chance for rain and snow around daybreak. As temperatures warm snow will transition to rain with a definitive snow-rain line slowly progressing north from southern Indiana and into the I-70 region through the late morning.

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Precipitation chances will gradually fall throughout the night, accompanied by breezy winds and slowly falling temperatures. Overnight lows will fall to around 29 degrees. NWS cautioned that once again slick roads are possible Sunday overnight and into Monday morning.

By Monday night, the NWS predicted the snow will have stopped, leading to a cold, breezy night as clouds gradually decrease. Nighttime temperatures will dip to a low of around 18 degrees, with the wind chill making it feel as low as about 10 degrees.

A few lingering snow showers are possible Monday into Tuesday, but the region will begin to dry out Tuesday afternoon. The day will stay chilly in the mid 20s with sunshine possible. Wednesday will warm to the low 30s with the region staying dry.

Precipitation could return Thursday with the Miami Valley closing the work week with more wet weather. Details and the timing of any precipitation is not cleat at this time however.

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