DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - The snow tapered off Friday evening as the National Weather Service allowed the Winter Weather Advisory for our area to expire.
2 NEWS Chief Meteorologist, Brian Davis, says blowing and drifting snow is still a threat through the weekend as the wind continues to kick up, especially in our rural counties.
Blowing snow and slick roads gave a lot of students an early start to the Christmas break Friday. At winter's official start at 6:12 a.m., more than 80 schools and districts had canceled classes or delayed opening for the day.
It started Thursday afternoon as temperatures dropped and wind speeds increased. By nightfall, power outages were reported in several communities. In Miamisburg, a toppled tree damaged two homes and a car. No one was hurt, but the homeowners were shaken.
"It sounded like a big thunder boom and the whole house shook," said Holly Diflora.
Overnight, snow fell and roads began to freeze. "The first day of winter will feel like winter," said 2 NEWS Chief Meteorologist, Brian Davis .
Davis predicted Friday morning's commute would be more than the usual challenge. And challenging it was, with dozens of fender-benders and slide-off accidents reported, not matter what end of town you were driving from.
What's next? The Winter Weather Advisory did expire Friday night, but you can still expect wind to kick up and temperatures down into the 20s.
As always, you can rely on 2 NEWS to bring you the latest storm information as it develops on 2 NEWS this weekend at 6 and 11 and on 2 NEWS at 10 on Dayton's CW. And of course, information is always online at WDTN.com 's Storm Team 2 weather page and the latest in closings, cancelations and delays linked on our Homepage.