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More winter weather expected this afternoon

The area is bracing for another round of winter weather starting this afternoon and continuing into Wednesday.

Up to 8 inches of snow could fall in Dayton and Springfield between this afternoon and Wednesday morning.

Road conditions are expected to deteriorate quickly with this winter storm, affecting both this evening’s and Wednesday morning’s commutes.

“Wednesday morning the roads will be pretty nasty,” Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Rich Wirdzek said. “Snow will be winding down, but the damage will be done.” He said winds will pick up in the morning and it will be pretty blustery into the afternoon and evening, causing snow to blow around and reducing visibility.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for all of southwest Ohio from 4 p.m. today until 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The warning says, “Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency and keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle if you do venture out.”

Miami Valley AAA Fleet Supervisor, Chris Overpeck said Monday, “It’s all hands on deck. AAA will be fully staffed, calling in additional personnel and extending hours of work.”

Since winter began on Dec. 21, the motor club has responded to more than 19,000 calls from stranded motorists.

Temperatures will fall into the low and mid 20s Wednesday morning, so any untreated roadways could become icy.

Depending on the exact track of the storm, mild air could move farther north causing sleet and freezing rain to mix in with snow.

“I’m mostly concerned for places like Wilmington and Lebanon mainly with regards to freezing rain potential,” Wirdzek said.

Areas to the north of Dayton and Springfield will get more snow. Chief Meteorologist Jamie Simpson said areas along a line from Eaton to Troy to Urbana can expect anywhere from 6 to 10 inches of snowfall.

Dayton and Springfield are predicted to get between 4 and 8 inches of snow with some sleet and ice mixing in, possibly lowering those totals.

Areas southeast of Dayton will get between 3 and 6 inches of snow initially, then go to freezing rain overnight, Simpson said.

Once this low pressure system moves through, a drop in temperatures will finish out the week with single digits expected at night and teens and 20s during the day.

“There are no indications that another sub-zero blast will head our way anytime soon,” Wirdzek said. “We’ve moved into what I like to call a more ‘normal’ pattern for this part of the country in February. The storm track is favorable to interact with cold temps while drawing in deep moisture from the south. I wouldn’t be surprised if we are tracking similar issues this weekend.”

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