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Slick spots possible as temperatures drop overnight

Skies will clear with temperatures dropping into the lower 20s overnight, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Some refreeze of slushy areas likely, which could lead to some slick spots.

>> Clipper-type system could bring snow this weekend

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Skies slowing clearly, cold overnight
  • Sunshine to return rest of week
  • Weekend storm could bring accumulating snow

DETAILED FORECAST

>>How much snow did your area receive?

Thursday: Sunny skies will return with unseasonable temperatures holding in the lower 40s.

Friday: Sunshine will start the day but clouds will increase late. Highs will rebound into the middle 40s.

>> Remember these things when driving in the snow

Saturday: Snow will push across the Miami Valley. The snow may mix with rain in the afternoon, especially south. Some snow accumulation will be possible. It will become blustery with highs holding in the upper 30s.

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Sunday: Skies will clear with highs in the lower 40s.

Monday: Sunshine is expected to start the day with increasing clouds late. It will be milder with highs in the upper 40s.

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Storms, possible tornado ravage parts of metro Atlanta

A powerful storm system swept through north Georgia overnight, sending trees into roads, damaging homes and businesses, knocking out power to thousands and leaving south Fulton County a disaster zone.

>> Watch the news report here

>> PHOTOS: Storms blow through the South, leave damage in wake

More than 130 severe weather reports of large hail, damaging wind and possible tornadoes came in Monday, according to WSB-TV in Atlanta.

>> Tornado facts and safety: Everything you need to know

“The severe thunderstorm and tornado threat is over in north Georgia,” WSB-TV meteorologist Brian Monahan said. “But the cleanup is about to get underway.”

In Cobb County, a tree crashed into a home on Glenroy Place. Lightning hit a home in Gwinnett County. And in Clayton County, a fire damaged an eight-unit apartment in the 7200 block of Tara Boulevard.

>> These are the safest places in your home during a tornado

Food, shelter and other essentials were provided for 17 people affected by the fire, American Red Cross of Georgia spokeswoman Sherry Nicholson said.

But the most severe damage was reported in south Fulton and Haralson counties.

>> What's the difference between tornado watch and warning?

Storms ravaged homes and cars in a subdivision off Campbellton Fairburn Road.

“We expect a busy day ahead as daylight approaches, increasing visibility in hard-hit areas,” Nicholson said. “Currently, a team is on the ground in Fairburn, where homes in the Jumpers Trail neighborhood suffered significant damage.”

>> For complete coverage of the storms’ aftermath, head to AJC.com and WSBTV.com

The Haralson County School District canceled school and activities Tuesday “due to storm damage throughout our community that may make bus service impossible,” the district said on Facebook.

Georgia Power reported 273 outages affecting 10,025 customers.

“The electric membership cooperatives were hit hard as severe weather, and possible tornadoes, pounded many parts of Georgia last night, interrupting power to 13,000 customers, primarily in the west part of the state,” Georgia EMC spokeswoman Terri Statham said.

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Ontario Alvarez was at his mother’s home in the 7100 block of Jumpers Trail with his 13-year-old brother when the storm moved in late Monday.

To protect the family, he dragged a mattress in a bathroom, where everyone hid to avoid the storm’s path.

“We’re from Florida, so we’re used to hurricanes,” Alvarez said. “But this was different. We didn’t see it coming. We didn’t know what to do.”

How the winter storm will impact your daily drive, travel plans

spring snow storm brought a major impact to the morning commute, but the storm will still lead to travel implications throughout the day. 

“Be sure to keep this in mind when you head out the door,” said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

PHOTOS: Snowy first day of spring in the Miami Valley

>> Winter Weather Advisory issued; slick spots, reduced visibility possible 

Winter Weather Advisory will continue until 8 tonight. Warren and Butler counties are under a Winter Storm Warning, also until 8 p.m. 

THIS AFTERNOON: Snow showers will taper off, but winds may cause drifting across roadways. 

“Snow covered roads will be slick and blowing, as well as drifting snow will be a problem,” said Zontini.

>> Check school and business closings/delays

WIND: Wind gusts today will reach 25 to 35 mph. The winds will be coming from the north/northwest. Drivers on I-70 in either direction and those traveling north on I-75 should stay spaced out. The snow will also combine with the wind this morning, dropping visibility.

Driving in the snowy, icy or windy weather can make even a short trip more dangerous, Zontini said. It’s important to have a plan if you have to hit the roads during a winter storm.

Several departing and arriving flights at Dayton International Airport have been delayed or canceled this morning. Check your flight status here.

Here are some things to remember from NOAA:

>> WATCH: Driving in a winter storm? Here’s what to do

BEFORE YOU START DRIVING

If you can wait to start driving until conditions improve, do so.

If you have to head out, make sure someone knows where you are going, your phone is charged and you have a winter safety kit in your car.

>> RELATED: Winter Weather Awareness: What to have in your car kit

Clear your car completely of snow and ice. It will help improve your visibility and flying snow from your car  completely of snow and ice. It will help improve your visibility and flying snow from your car can be dangerous and hit other drivers.

ON THE ROAD

Go slow! Snowy roads may also be icy, and roads that appear wet may be slick.

If you skid, stay calm, take your foot off the gas, turn your wheel where you want your front to go and if you have anti-lock breaks, apply steady pressure.

Leave plenty of space between you and cars around you. 

If visibility becomes poor, try to pull over to a safe spot to wait it out. If you need to pull over on the highway, turn off your lights and use your parking break when stopped. This can help so another car won’t mistakenly follow your tail/break lights and hit you.

>> Remember these things when driving in snow

>> Interactive flight delay map

A fourth nor’easter in three weeks is set to hit New York and states in that area. The National Weather Service says New York City and its northern suburbs could get 12 to 16 inches of snow, the Associated Press reports.

Spring 2018: 5 things to know about the vernal equinox

Spring is finally here with the arrival of the vernal equinox, as determined by people who base their seasons on the Earth’s position relative to the sun and stars. Here are five things to know:

1. What is it? During the vernal equinox, the sun shines directly on the equator, and the northern and southern hemispheres get exactly the same amount of rays. Night and day are almost equal length.

>> Spring 2018: What’s the difference between meteorological spring and astronomical spring?

2. What does equinox mean? The Earth spins on a tilted axis, which means its northern and southern hemispheres trade places in receiving more light as it orbits the sun. The axis is not inclined toward or away from the sun at the equinox, which is derived from the Latin words for equal (aequus) and night (nox).

3. Why is it important? For ancient societies, the vernal and autumnal equinoxes marked when winter turned to spring and when summer turned to fall, respectively, and helped people track time-sensitive things, such as when to plant crops.

>> Read more trending news 

4. Didn’t spring start already? Meteorological spring started March 1. Forecasters like to start the season on the first day of March because they prefer a calendar in which each season starts on the same day every year. It helps with record keeping, among other reasons. But the Earth, sun and stars don’t quite conform to the Gregorian calendar – thus the vernal equinox doesn’t fall on the same day every year.

5. What's next? The summer solstice is June 21, but meteorological summer begins a few weeks earlier on June 1.

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Seasonal allergies could be affecting your pets

The weather in some parts of the country is not helping people with allergies, and your pets could also be feeling the effects of the high pollen (and other allergens) count. 

>> Read more trending news 

Pets are often sniffling grass, other pets and the ground. They are also much closer to where the allergens can sit, so they could be more exposed to more allergens, such as pollen. 

>> On WFTV.com: More weather facts and hacks

Just like humans, dogs and cats can sneeze, get watery eyes and runny noses. Allergies can make these symptoms worse. According to the Humane Society, dogs often express pollen allergy symptoms by itching. The pollen gets on their fur, makes its way down to their skin and irritates it. 

>> On WFTV.com: Interactive: Common medications used to treat your cough

Here are some ways to help your pet cope with seasonal allergies:

  • Consult your veterinarian to make sure the irritation on the skin is not something worse. Your veterinarian can prescribe allergy medicine if needed. 
  • Try to limit activities outdoors, especially in the morning, when pollen levels are the highest.
  • After a walk, wash or wipe your pet's face and paws a wet towel. Just like in humans, the pollen can be washed out. 
  • When you bathe your pets, use warm water when applying shampoo and cool water to wash it off. Cold water helps with the itching. 

NASA Warns a Solar Storm is On Track to Hit Earth

NASA Warns a Solar Storm is On Track to Hit Earth

Tsunami warning sent from Texas to New York was a test, NWS says

People along the East and Gulf coasts took to social media Tuesday morning after a test tsunami warning was apparently confused for the real thing, prompting at least one company to send alerts to residents from Texas to New York City.

>> Read more trending news

The National Weather Service’s National Tsunami Warning Center sent out a monthly tsunami warning test around 8:30 a.m., according to officials.

“We have been notified that some users received this test messages as an actual tsunami warning,” officials with the NWS regional office in Caribou, Maine, said on Twitter. “A tsunami warning is not in effect. Repeat, a tsunami warning is not in effect.”

WINTER STORM ADVISORY, WARNING in effect until 1 p.m. Wednesday

  • Snow arriving overnight; Most will pick up 1 to 3 inches 
  • UPDATE: Winter Storm Warning, 10 tonight through 1 p.m. Wednesday: Clinton, Warren
  • UPDATE: Winter Weather Advisory, 10 tonight through 1 p.m. Wednesday: Butler, Champaign, Clark, Greene, Montgomery, Darke, Preble, Miami, Union (Indiana), Wayne (Indiana)
  • Expect messy morning commute

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DETAILED FORECAST

Tonight: Snow likely after midnight, continuing through the early morning. Snow may mix with freezing rain and sleet near I-71. Temperatures will hold in the 20s. 

>> Snow returns this morning, more on the way

Today: Snow will taper in the morning. Accumulations of 1 to 3 inches expected for Dayton and areas north and west. Amounts as much as 4 to 5 inches possible southeast of Dayton to near I-71. Some ice accumulation, up to two-tenths of an inch possible in the far southern Miami Valley. Skies will remain mostly cloudy into the afternoon with a chance of flurries or light snow showers redeveloping in the early evening. Highs will hold in the upper 20s.

>> School business closings & delays

Thursday: Ready for some sun? Expect partly sunny skies and chilly temperatures with highs in the upper 20s.

>> Winter Weather Awareness: How does salt help melt ice on roads?

Friday: Mostly cloudy skies. Some flurries will be possible in the far northern Miami Valley. Highs will rebound into the upper 30s.

Saturday: Expect mostly cloudy skies with a chance for rain and/or snow showers late in the evening. Highs will be near 40 degrees.

Sunday: Rain or snow showers will be likely in the morning, changing to snow showers in the afternoon as temperatures fall through the 30s. 

Blizzard of 1978: Today marks daily snowfall record anniversary

If you think we’ve had a rough winter so far, at least it’s not a repeat of 1978.

On Jan. 26, the storm dropped over a foot of snow; this date still holds the record for the most snow in Dayton in a 24-hour period, according to Dayton Daily News archives.

The 40th anniversary of the Blizzard of 1978 is this week. The blizzard lasted three days, from Jan. 25 until Jan. 27, 1978.

>> 3 times Dayton snowstorms were so big, you actually should have bought bread and milk

>> Meet the people who braved the Blizzard of 1978 to broadcast on the radio and run wreckers in the havoc

The National Guard was called in to help deliver supplies and rescue those stuck in the snow. Interstate 75 was closed for four days, air traffic was halted at the airport, and RTA and the postal servic both halted service.

>> Weather anniversary: The 2004 snowstorm that buried the Miami Valley 

Dayton officials estimated the blizzard caused over $4 million in damages, according to the archives.

What You Need to Know: Tsunamis

What You Need to Know: Tsunamis
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