Wednesday’s commute likely to include snowy, windy weather

Snow is likely Wednesday that could affect evening commutes across the Miami Valley.

News Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini says a slow-moving system will come through Dayton, bringing snow showers. The amount of snow is tough to predict, Zontini said, because any shift in the track can change accumulation.

“The Miami Valley will likely be experiencing scattered snow showers by midday that continue into the early evening. Some may briefly start with rain,” she said.

Dayton and the surrounding area has been spared from snow for most of the winter. However, Wednesday is expected to be one of those days where snow does fall.

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And that snow will land while most day-shift workers will be commuting home.

“Big wet snowflakes and increasing wind will make travel difficult even if we don’t see heavy accumulation here in Dayton,” Zontini said. “Roads will likely be slushy and even snow-covered as we head into the evening”

She said with snow showers and wind gusts of around 20 to 30 miles per hour, visibility will likely be reduced for drivers.

“There is still uncertainty in the exact track. Where this storm goes will determine how much cold air arrives and where some bands of enhanced snowfall could set up.,” she said. “Right now, the best chance of seeing more than 2 inches of snow is northwest of Dayton up towards Mercer, Auglaize and Logan counties seeing the highest potential. The further south and east you travel snow accumulation will be lower. Dayton and points south might end up with an inch or so of snow. More certainty will fill in later today.”

Zontini said showers that fall during the day and onto a warmer ground might limit how quickly the snow will stick to the roads. Temperatures are expected to stay warm enough that salt and other treatments should work, she said.

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