Winter storm to hit Miami Valley midweek; What we’re expecting from the storm

After going snowless for the first two-thirds of January, we are making up for it here at the end of the month.

>>Mostly cloudy and chilly overnight; Winter Storm Watch issued for midweek

A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for most of the Miami Valley in anticipation of heavy snow Tuesday night into Wednesday.

Here’s everything you need to know.

TIMING: Around 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, heavy snow will move in from the south. This snow will accumulate making travel increasingly difficult during this time. Late Wednesday morning into Wednesday afternoon, warmer air changes our precipitation to rain, especially across eastern and southern portions of the Miami Valley. Wednesday evening into Wednesday night, the system begins to pull away as colder air arrives. This may lead to some wrap around snow flurries and light snow showers.

SNOWFALL AMOUNTS: Snow totals will vary from northwest to southeast. Heaviest totals are expected across the northwestern Miami Valley where we stay mainly snow. Expect around six inches there. Closer to Dayton, two to four inches can be expected before the precipitation goes over to rain. Further southeast, closer to I-71, snow totals may be limited to only one to two inches due to how much time will be spent in rainy conditions.

TRAVEL IMPACTS: Travel will be most difficult Wednesday morning. Heavy, wet snow will quickly turn roads slushy and slippery. Roads may improve Wednesday afternoon as rain and warmer air arrive. Roads may become hazardous again Wednesday night as refreeze occurs, and as some wrap around snow showers move in.

>>Road crews in Greene County getting ready for another round of winter weather

Stay tuned to the forecast!

While we have a good handle on what we can expect, small changes in temperature or track may change the impacts we experience.

We will have you covered as we continue to get closer to the event.