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Dec
25

Merry Christmas!

Posted By · December 25, 2009 at 10:47 am

Keep your umbrella handy today as scattered rain showers are likely.  Temperatures will fall from near 50 degrees this morning, to around 30 by late this afternoon.  Rain showers will turn to light snow showers with wind gusts up to 40 mph.  Little to no snow accumulation is expected.

Much colder air will be ushered in for the weekend with scattered snow showers Saturday and Sunday.  Highs will only reach the low 30s, and it looks like a dusting of snow is possible each day.  We’ll have to keep our eyes on this, but it doesn’t appear any more than an inch of snow is possible at this point.

Have a wonderful Christmas weekend with family and friends!

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Dec
24

Governor offers Christmas wish

Posted By · December 24, 2009 at 10:03 pm

Gov. Mitch Daniels’ name has been tossed around as a possible candidate for president. In a one-on-one interview, the governor talked about his future and his Christmas wish for Indiana.

Eyewitness News asked the governor why his name keeps getting tossed around as a presidential possibility.

“Because the pickings are so slim,” he said. “Now we know where the bottom of the barrel is….I tell you the only reason is because people now see Indiana as a place that stands apart a little bit.”

Daniels says it’s about how the state has weathered the recession.

“We are in the black and most of them are busted. They are raising taxes all over the place and we are not going to do that. We are building roads at a record rate and they are grinding back to gravel in Michigan, for instance. So if there is a part of this that I like it is seeing Indiana get recognized,” Daniels said, adding, “I mean, it is not ’cause of my Hollywood looks, let’s face it. It’s only because of things we have gotten done that people would pay any attention to me and the good part of that is not just that I like seeing Indiana noticed but it might lead to that next business. That next investor coming here with some new jobs and new opportunity as opposed to somewhere else.”

The governor also talked about his Christmas wish for the state.

“A national recovery that lifts all the boats and brings back our existing job base. We know we are adding new jobs faster than other places but it won’t be enough unless our existing job base comes back. I also wish for greater revenues so we have to make fewer tougher calls but until that happens I ask for or wish for the public’s understanding that we will do things we would rather not do and things we will reverse when we get the chance, but we have to take care of people’s business here in a way that protects Indiana’s present and future and we just ask that everyone just bear with us while we do.”

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Dec
24

Updated Christmas Eve Forecast

Posted By · December 24, 2009 at 6:31 pm

Santa will still have to dodge raindrops tonight, but should be okay on his visit into Central Indiana.  Click here to see if there are any active warnings for the area.

Rain showers will increase in intensity as we head into late tonight and early Christmas morning.  Temperatures will be on the rise, and winds could gust up to 30mph.  By Christmas morning, temps could be in the mid 40s, but don’t get too used to a warm Christmas!

Temperatures will be falling Christmas Day, and by noon Friday, the heaviest of rain should be out of Central Indiana.  One to two inches of rain is possible by Friday mid-morning, or around noon.  Winds could gust up to 40mph.  By Christmas night a few snow showers are possible as temps drop into the low 30s.

Saturday, light snow is possible, and we’ll see the same weather story set up for Sunday with highs only reaching the upper 20s.

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Dec
24

Freezing Rain Advisory Heads North

Posted By · December 24, 2009 at 6:19 pm

The Winter Storm Advisory has been replaced with a Freezing Rain Advisory for the following locations north of Indianapolis: 

FULTON IN-WHITE-CASS IN-MIAMI-WABASH-HUNTINGTON-GRANT-

INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…ROCHESTER…AKRON…MONTICELLO…
BROOKSTON…MONON…LOGANSPORT…ROYAL CENTER…PERU…
GRISSOM AFB…MEXICO…WABASH…NORTH MANCHESTER…HUNTINGTON…
ROANOKE…MARION…GAS CITY…UPLAND
108 PM EST THU DEC 24 2009

…FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS EVENING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORTHERN INDIANA HAS ISSUED A
FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS
EVENING. THIS REPLACES THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY ISSUED EARLIER.

* TIMING…OCCASIONAL FREEZING RAIN WILL CONTINUE THIS AFTERNOON BEFORE
  TEMPERATURES RISE ABOVE FREEZING TOWARD EVENING.

* MAIN IMPACT…ROADWAYS…PARTICULARLY THOSE LEFT UNTREATED…
  WILL BE VERY SLICK. SOME MAJOR HIGHWAYS THAT WILL BE IMPACTED
  INCLUDE INTERSTATES 65 AND 69.

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Dec
24

Merry Christmas

Posted By · December 24, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Christmas is a time to be with family, and in the news business, it really seems like those we’re closest to are our co-workers.

I spend holidays with them, we laugh (a lot), and sometimes fight.  But, nothing serious, I promise!

Those of us who are in the studio often are close with production assistants, and if you spend most of your time in the field, you know your live truck operator, photographer, or reporter pretty well.

We find a way to have fun over the holidays, just like every other day.  Today, I picked up 2 packs of White Castle Sliders for the Sunrise crew.  I know, burgers early in the morning?  Hey, we wake up in the middle of the night, our eating schedules are off too!  What a wonderful Christmas Eve meal we shared together!

I’m happy to spend my Christmas Eve and Christmas with my WTHR family.  I hope you enjoy your time with yours too!

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Dec
24

Soggy & Icy Christmas Eve

Posted By · December 24, 2009 at 1:11 pm

Highs today will reach the low 40s across Central Indiana.  South of I-70 and in most of the metro area rain showers are expected.  Freezing rain is possible north and northeast of Marion County, with more of a wintry mix near Peru and Logansport.  Click here to see where Freezing Rain Advisories and Winter Weather Advisories are in place until this afternoon.  As we head later into the afternoon, the freezing line is expected to lift, and all rain is expected across Central Indiana.  Winds will gust up to 30 mph into tonight.

Tonight, some showers could get pretty heavy as temperatures remain steady in the low 40s.  We might even hear a few rumbles of thunder.  By Christmas afternoon up to 1.5″ of rain is possible across Central Indiana.

Christmas Day, temps fall into the upper 20s by late afternoon as cold air moves in, and this could mean rain drops will turn to a few snowflakes.  Winds are expected to gust up to 40 mph.

Saturday and Sunday highs will only reach the upper 20s with a chance for light snow.

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Dec
24

Winter Weather Advisory Until 7pm

Posted By · December 24, 2009 at 12:58 pm

FULTON IN-WHITE-CASS IN-MIAMI-WABASH-HUNTINGTON-GRANT-

INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…ROCHESTER…AKRON…MONTICELLO…
BROOKSTON…MONON…LOGANSPORT…ROYAL CENTER…PERU…
GRISSOM AFB…MEXICO…WABASH…NORTH MANCHESTER…HUNTINGTON…
ROANOKE…MARION…GAS CITY…UPLAND
424 AM EST THU DEC 24 2009

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS
EVENING…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS
EVENING.

* TIMING…FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET WILL REDEVELOP ACROSS THE
  AREA THIS MORNING AND CONTINUE THROUGH THE AFTERNOON HOURS
  BEFORE CHANGING TO ALL RAIN TOWARDS EVENING.

* MAIN IMPACT…ROADWAYS…PARTICULARLY THOSE LEFT UNTREATED…
  WILL BE VERY SLICK OVERNIGHT. THIS INCLUDES INTERSTATES 65 AND
  69.

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Dec
24

Freezing Rain Advisory Until 4pm

Posted By · December 24, 2009 at 12:55 pm

CARROLL-CLINTON-HOWARD-TIPTON-HAMILTON-MADISON-DELAWARE-RANDOLPH-
HANCOCK-HENRY-RUSH-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…FRANKFORT…KOKOMO…ANDERSON…MUNCIE
548 AM EST THU DEC 24 2009

…FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM EST THIS
AFTERNOON…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN INDIANAPOLIS HAS ISSUED A
FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM EST THIS
AFTERNOON.

* MAIN IMPACT: SLICK ROADWAYS AND SURFACES.

* ICE ACCUMULATIONS: LESS THAN ONE TENTH OF AN INCH.

* TIMING: UNTIL 400 PM EST.

* OTHER IMPACTS: POWER LINES MAY ACCUMULATE A SMALL AMOUNT OF
  ICE…WHICH COULD CAUSE ISOLATED POWER OUTAGES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF FREEZING RAIN OR
FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR
SLIPPERY ROADS. SLOW DOWN AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

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