Merry Christmas

I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!

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!

Soggy & Icy Christmas Eve

I hope Santa and the reindeer are ready for heavy rain and strong winds when they fly into Central Indiana.

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.

Winter Weather Advisory Until 7pm

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Fulton, White, Cass, Miami, Wabash, Huntington, and Grant Counties.

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.

Freezing Rain Advisory Until 4pm

A Freezing Rain Advisory is in effect for Carroll, Clinton, Howard, Tipton, Hamilton, Madison, Delaware, Randolph, Hancock, Henry and Rush Counties until 4pm.

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.

Significant Rainfall on the Way

I’m Dreaming of a Rainy Christmas, just doesn’t have the right ring to it.

This afternoon temperatures will hover in the mid 30s.  For our Northern counties that were dealing with freezing rain this morning and during the early afternoon, temps will continue to rise by a few more degrees.  Afternoon drizzle is still possible as we head into tonight.

Overnight… spotty showers are possible with freezing rain north of Indianapolis.  South of I-70 it appears that the precip will be all rain.

Early Thursday morning a few areas of freezing rain will be possible, accumulation is not expected at this time, but slick spots may be possible.  Highs will reach the low to mid 40s with rain showers increasing as we head into your Christmas Eve night.  Winds will gust up to 30 mph.

Christmas Eve night some heavy rain will be possible into Christmas morning.  Thursday morning through mid-morning Christmas Day .50″ to up to 1.50″ of rain is going to be possible.

Christmas Day the temperatures will fall from the low to mid 4os in the morning to the 30s and 20s by afternoon.  So rain could turn to a few snow flurries, but it doesn’t look like a White Christmas is possible at this point.  Christmas Day will remain windy with wind gusts up to 30 mph.

Saturday and Sunday highs will only reach the upper 20s with scattered snow showers.

Freezing Rain Advisory Expires

The freezing rain advisory in effect for some of our northern counties has expired.

The freezing rain advisory that was in effect for a few of our Northern counties has expired. 

If you’re traveling into Northern Indiana the freeze line is lifting to up to the north, so keep an eye out for changing precip.

Freezing Rain Advisory Until 2pm

North of Indianapolis a Freezing Rain Advisory is in effect until 2pm.

Click here to see a map of the areas…

…ICY WEATHER INTO AFTERNOON…

.LIGHT RAIN WILL BE COMBINED WITH BELOW FREEZING TEMPERATURES TO
PRODUCE GLAZE INTO EARLY AFTERNOON. AFTER THAT…PRECIPITATION
SHOULD CHANGE TO ALL RAIN.
CARROLL-CLINTON-HOWARD-TIPTON-HAMILTON-MADISON-DELAWARE-RANDOLPH-HENRY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…FRANKFORT…KOKOMO…ANDERSON…MUNCIE

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN INDIANAPOLIS HAS ISSUED A
FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 2 PM EST THIS
AFTERNOON.

* MAIN IMPACT: SLICK ROADS.

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

* TIMING: UNTIL 2 PM.

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.

Tracking Santa

Usually in the Skytrak Weather Center we’re tracking rain, snow, and storms, but this week, we’re looking for something new, Santa!

Track Santa with the help of NORAD! 

Just click here to see where Santa is.  NORAD is using their technology to capture Santa’s deliveries.  This is a fun site to go to with your kids.  Especially because it explains the importance of Rudolph’s nose to the whole tracking process.

Soggy Conditions Ahead

A White Christmas isn’t looking likely across Central Indiana, but a soggy Christmas is.

Highs today will reach the mid to upper 30s with scattered showers.  This morning, the chance for freezing rain will still stick around North of Indianapolis.  Today any mixed precipitation should turn to rain for the afternoon.  Wind gusts up to 30 mph are possible.

Tonight, scattered showers and patchy freezing rain is possible.  We’re not looking for any ice accumulation, but slick spots are possible.  Of course freezing rain depends on surface temperature.  I like this website to check temps across the state.  Just scroll down to find your city.

Christmas Eve Day looks soggy with rain showers.  Right now, it looks like between .50″ to 1″ of rain is possible.  We’ll see winds up to 25 mph as highs reach the low to mid 40s.

Here’s the all important Christmas Day forecast… we’ll start the morning off with rain and temperatures in the 40s.  Temps will fall throughout the day, and by Friday evening, snow is possible.  Don’t count on any accumulation at this point.  Winds will still be an issue gusting up to 25 mph.

Saturday and Sunday light snow showers are possible as temps only reach the mid to upper 20s.

Freezing Rain Possible

If you’re traveling over the next few days, staying tuned to the forecast will be very important.

As you make your way to grandmother’s house, or wherever you may be traveling for Christmas, keeping up to date with the forecast over the next few days is going to be very important.

Tonight, we should see mainly dry conditions, after midnight there’s a chance for rain / light freezing rain / or snow, as temperatures stay pretty steady in the low 3os.

Wednesday morning we could see freezing rain or a wintry mix in the morning.  So, be prepared for slick spots.  As temperatures warm to the mid 30s in the afternoon, any precipitation should turn to rain.

At this point, we’re  not expecting any major ice accumulation, but as you’re aware, any ice could make roads slippery and traveling dangerous.

As temperatures drop again Wednesday night, it’s possible freezing rain could come back into the picture, and stick around Thursday morning before turning to rain as temps warm up again for the afternoon.  Christmas Eve will also be very windy with wind gusts up to 3o mph.

Getting the exact freezing line right now is very difficult, as any little movement this system makes as it moves into Central Indiana will change the forecast.

Rain is likely Christmas Eve night, and at this point it looks like temps will stay pretty warm, in the mid 30s so an all rain event is expected. 

Christmas Day, morning rain showers may turn to snow flurries as temperatures fall throughout the day.

Stay tuned for more weather blog updates as we continue to look at what’s expected over the next few days, and check back often for any changes that may pop up.