Heavy Rain & Strong Storms on the Way

Showers, thunderstorms and some strong to severe storms are in the forecast for Central Indiana.

Highs today will reach the mid 50s with developing showers for the afternoon.  The clouds will stick with us today, but at least temps will be a little more mild.

This evening into the overnight, showers and thunderstorms develop across the state.  Temps will remain steady, but with heavy rain in the forecast… flooding is possible.  Up to 2″ of rain, especially south of I-70, has prompted Flood Watches for all of Central Indiana starting tonight, and ending Monday afternoon.  All of Central Indiana is under a slight risk for severe storms.  That means, some thunderstorms could be strong and turn severe.  Damaging winds are the primary threat, along with hail.  I’ve already mentioned the threat for flooding.

The showers and thunderstorms will continue through your Monday morning commute, and into midday.  Temps will fall from the mid 50s into the mid 30s by the evening as we start to dry out.

Tuesday, we’re dry with temps in the mid 40s.  Check out the 7 day below… we don’t stay dry for long!

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Mainly Dry Weekend… then… T-Storms

A pretty quiet weekend is with us, but we’ll start the work week with a bang!

From winter to spring in a matter of days!  That’s what to expect with this forecast.

Highs today will reach 40 degrees with mostly cloudy skies and the chance for a stray sprinkle or flurries.

Overnight, temps drop to the low 30s with the chance for a stray sprinkle of flurry.

Sunday, highs reach the mid 50s with mostly cloudy skies.  There’s a chance for a stray shower, but the day looks mainly dry.

Sunday night into Monday is what we need to be watching.  Showers and thunderstorms look to move into the state.  All of Central Indiana is under a slight risk for severe weather.  We will be watching for strong winds and very heavy rain from these storms that could lead to flooding.  We’ll keep you posted this weekend!

Monday is soggy with showers and thunderstorms with falling temps.

You want a dry quiet forecast?  Fast forward to Tuesday!

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Heavy Snow & Strong Winds Today

The heavy snow we’ve been talking about is here, and it’s going to make the morning commute a mess.

Alright, let’s get the snow totals out of the way… here you go.  The heaviest snow looks to fall before 8am.  At times, visibility will be greatly reduced, and with heavy snow falling, crews may not be able to clear it off the roads quickly.  Adding to that problem, wind gusts up to 30 and 40 mph.  That will create white out conditions and blowing and drifting snow.  Any winter storm warnings or advisories should expire at 10am.  Keep posted by checking here.

The wind will die down this afternoon with highs in the low to mid 30s, and snow showers will taper off to flurries by midday.

Overnight, Central Indiana looks to stick with mostly cloudy skies as lows drop to the mid 20s.

Saturday, we could see a few flurries, or scattered showers.  Saturday night, a rain/snow mix is possible.

Sunday, temps warm into the low 50s and we’ll see heavy rain develop for the evening and Monday, a few thunderstorms are even possible.

If you want quieter weather… you have to wait until Tuesday!

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Heavy Rain… and Accumulating Snow for Central Indiana

Today we’ll see rain… then winter returns in a big way early Friday morning.

This forecast is going to be a busy one, so let’s get right to it!

Today, highs will hit the low 40s with temps falling into the afternoon.  Steady rain showers will develop this afternoon into tonight, especially south of I-70.  That’s where the heaviest rain is expected to fall.  By tonight, an inch of rain is likely, with up to 1.5″ of rain in our Southern counties.

Early Friday morning, the rain turns to snow, and a period of freezing rain may be possible.  We have multiple winter weather advisories, watches, and warnings in place, so click here to see how your town is impacted.

In the Indy metro 3-5″ of snow is possible during Friday morning’s commute.  The farther north you go, the heavier the snow gets.  In our northern viewing area up to 8″ of snow is possible, and maybe a few inches more in isolated pockets.  Click here to see where the heaviest snow will fall.  Winds will gust up to 30 mph, so it’s going to be a messy start to your Friday morning.

We have a busy pattern setting up for the weekend too.  Check out the 7 day forecast below.  We’ll really be focused on Sunday night into Monday, when more heavy rain could set up over the state. 

Starting Tuesday… we begin a quieter weather pattern… so just wait until then if you want sunny skies and a dry forecast.

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Where are the Democrats? (Day Two)

What’s good for the goose is good for the gander….both parties have staged “walkouts” before.

Indianapolis – Indiana House Democrats are making national headlines this week as they take a leaf out of the Wisconsin Democrats’ playbook by fleeing their home state. The lawmakers are unhappy over what they call a “radical” agenda being forced by their Republican colleagues. At issue is legislation affecting labor unions and education, among several bills.

Gov. Mitch Daniels told reporters Tuesday that he had no intention of using Indiana State Police troopers to haul the wayward lawmakers back to the Statehouse to force a quorum. But the Democrats remain at a hotel in Urbana, Illinois as of Wednesday. They say they are caucusing.

The Indiana Democratic Party is paying for the trip, including the hotel and meals, although the lawmakers are still receiving their per diem and salary while they’re out of state, something that has irked their Republican colleagues as well as taxpayers. House Speaker Brian Bosma says he’s considering fines, censure, or suspending the per diem to compel their return.

While a number of bills fell by the wayside Tuesday night, I’ve said time and again there’s no such thing as a bill being dead. We’re at the halfway point of the 2011 legislative session. If labor legislation and other bills “die,” they could still be amended in the second half of the session.

In 2001, Republicans were in the minority. They were unhappy with what the majority Democrats were doing, and the Republicans walked out for two and a half days. They returned on April 29th, the last day of that legislative session, and finally got business done. Both parties have pulled this stunt over the years.

Other notes:

Bosma had stern words for union workers who were protesting loudly Wednesday morning. While those who were inside the chamber were respectful during the Pledge of Allegiance, there were some loud boos at one point. Bosma told them he welcomed their participation but said he wouldn’t tolerate any outbursts from the gallery. When Bosma gaveled out he said the protesters wouldn’t be allowed back into the chamber for the afternoon session. Outside the chamber, the atmosphere was boisterous – there was even a live band playing.

During our noon live shot Wednesday, we did a quick poll asking the union workers where they were from. Many said Indianapolis, but we also heard Peru, South Bend and Anderson, just to name a few of the towns and cities represented.

Heavy Rain on the Way… then Snow!

A soaker of a system is headed towards Central Indiana.

Today is the best day out of the next five!  Highs today will reach the low to mid 40s with a mix of sun and clouds.

Tonight, temps drop to the mid 30s with scattered showers moving in.

Rain sticks in the forecast Thursday with highs in the mid 40s.  At times, the rain will be heavy, and up to 1″ of rain is likely by Thursday night.  Lowland flooding will be possible, click here for the latest flood watches and warnings.

Early Friday morning very cold air moves in, so rain could turn to snow.  This system is still developing, and any movement in the track will change the forecast, but right now it looks like 1-3″ of snow is possible along and north of I-70 early Friday morning.

Saturday a chance of rain and snow is in the forecast with more heavy rain expected Sunday into Monday.  We’ll be watching this forecast closely.

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Where are the Democrats?

Indiana House Democrats weren’t in the Statehouse Tuesday, and it was unclear if they planned to show up.

Strange day at the Indiana Statehouse. While hundreds of union members showed up Tuesday at the Statehouse, Democrats did not.

Two Democrats were in the chamber to announce that the minority was caucusing somewhere outside the Statehouse. When questioned about whether they would be returning Monday to conduct business, the answer was vague.

At noon, House Speaker Brian Bosma read out the roll call of representatives who were not present.

“I think this is a walkout. I can’t recall a time when we’ve come in to take attendance in the morning and the minority party has not even shown up for that,” said Bosma (R-Indianapolis).

“I am not going to tell you where they are but I can assure you that all the Democrats are working very hard. There are 27 bills and one bill alone had 44 amendments. We are reviewing those very carefully. What we are trying to do is figure out a way to save the state from this radical agenda that has been forced upon us and actually we’ve been given no chance to shape or amend,” said Rep. Terri Austin (D-Madison County).

On Monday, thousands of union  workers rallied against a bill that would prohibit union membership and fees from being a condition of employment.

Temperature Roller Coaster with Rain & Snow

Get ready for many ups and downs in the forecast!

Highs today will reach the low to mid 30s across Central Indiana with mostly cloudy skies and scattered flurries.  Monday… we started off the day with highs around 60 in the Indy Metro!

Overnight, temps drop to the mid 20s with partly cloudy skies.

Wednesday looks to be the best day of the week!  We’ll see sunshine and highs in the mid 40s.

We are watching Thursday’s forecast closely.  Right now it looks like rain is likely turning to snow for Friday.  The track of this system is important, and we will be watching where it moves over the next 24 hours to determine if rain or snow is likely for Central Indiana.

Saturday looks dry… with another system moving in on Sunday. 

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Governor’s Race Still Up in the Air

As one office-holder told me, “Two years is an eternity in politics.”

As one office-holder told me, “Two years is an eternity in politics”.  That said, for someone running for the state’s top job, will it be long enough?

In December, Democrat Evan Bayh (who our political analyst Peter Rusthoven (R) refers to as “the appointed one”) announced he would not, as some expected, run for Governor in 2012.

That opened the door for three other Dems to rise to the short list:  Rep Joe Donnelly, Former Congressman and Senate hopeful Brad Ellsworth, and Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel.

Over the weekend, Weinzapfel announced he would not run for governor.  I had the chance to talk with him in person about his decision.  Like Bayh, he cited family reasons.  The father of three–an 11 year old and 9 year old twins–he said not only the rigors of the campaign would take its toll–but the office itself.  His family would remain in Evansville–and he would be (as he estimated) in Indianapolis 21 months of the year.    Weinzapfel told me ” I couldn’t see leaving the kids at home when they still call you Daddy …I think I would be miserable doing that”.

As for Ellsworth–(who came to our studios with Weinzapfel–something I didn’t expect)–he said solely and repeatedly “I will not be a candidate for anything in 2012”

It’s an interesting situation for Democrats–especially since the expectation is that Republican juggernaut Mike Pence
“is” expected to run.

Pence, who is not only known statewide–but nationwide (he only recently announced he wouldn’t run for president)–is also according to Rusthoven, “beloved by his party”.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t Dems up for the challenge.  This week Democrat and former speaker of the Indiana House John Gregg told the Terre Haute Tribune Star he’s giving it some serious thought:  http://tribstar.com/news/x186196340/BREAKING-John-Gregg-giving-governor-run-serious-thought

And Joe Donnelly is still a possibility.

But no one is committing.  Not yet.  Rusthoven explains it this way, “While the (state) legislature is in session, no one can raise money, so there is no point declaring that your going to run…”  He expects when the session is over in April, the candidates will surface.

With one exception.  Businessman and former Hamilton county councilman Jim Wallace has officially announced he plans to run for the GOP ticket.

There is a little less than two years before the election…but for those hoping to win over voters across the state–this race may be more a sprint than a marathon.

Kris Kirschner

Falling Temperatures and Snow

Falling temps and rain changing to snow… it’s all in today’s forecast!

Highs today will hit the mid to upper 50s with scattered showers.  That temp will be found this morning, with temps tumbling into the 30s and 40s this afternoon as a cold front passes through.  As the temps change, so will the precipitation.  Rain is expected to change from rain to snow.  Tonight through Tuesday morning up to 1″ of snow is possible, with most accumulating snow falling in our extreme Northern counties.  That’s where a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect.  A brief period of freezing rain is possible in the advisory area. 

Bottom line, watch for falling temps today, and slick spots the later we head into the afternoon and overnight!

Overnight, temps drop to the mid 20s with a chance for light snow.

Tuesday, highs only hit the mid 30s with partly cloudy skies and morning flurries.  It’s going to feel much colder!

Wednesday, the temp bumps back into the 40s, before another round of rain/rain snow mix moves in late in the week.

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