Snow, Sleet & Freezing Rain Headed Our Way

A Winter Weather Advisory goes into effect for Central Indiana at 4pm today and expires at 5am Saturday morning. Very slick conditions are expected to develop as snow, sleet and freezing rain move into the state.

A Winter Weather Advisory goes into effect for Central Indiana at 4pm today and expires at 5am Saturday morning.  Very slick conditions are expected to develop as snow, sleet and freezing rain move into the state.

Highs will only reach the mid 20s today and we could see snow/sleet/light freezing rain develop by the afternoon.  If you are traveling this afternoon or tonight, plan on very slippery roads across the state, no matter what type of precipitation you come across.

Chuck Lofton’s forecast calls for around an inch to two inches in the city, 1-2 inches in near north counties and 2-3 inches from Lafayette to Muncie, a few heavier pockets may be found too.  The Indy metro may have sleet mixed in with those snow accumulations and light icing too.  South of I-70 light freezing rain looks possible.

The freezing rain is the biggest concern, because with temps below freezing, the ice will make things slick fast.

The wintry mix and snow will end overnight.

Saturday, highs look to warm above freezing, so that will help with the melting of any ice that does form.

Check out what’s ahead in the 7 day… we warm up nicely… and we have a few chances of rain in the forecast.  We could even hear rumbles of thunder Sunday night!

Light Snow Today

Light snow moves into Central Indiana today, and while we won’t see major snow accumulations, it will be enough to cause slick spots!

Light snow moves into Central Indiana today, and while we won’t see major snow accumulations, it will be enough to cause slick spots!

Snow showers will move in mid morning into the afternoon.  Up to 1″ of snow is likely in the Indy metro area, north of that 1-2″ of snow is possible, with a few heavier pockets possible.  South of Indy, less than an inch of snow is expected.  The drive home could be slick with temps below freezing and highs around 30.

Tonight, the cloud break and temps drop… fast!  Overnight in the metro we can expect temps around 12 degrees.  Outside the city, some spots will drop into the single digits.

Friday, highs will hit the low 30s and a rain/sleet/freezing rain mix will develop Friday night into Saturday morning.  We could see light snow too.  We are watching this system very closely… Saturday morning could be very slick.

Our warm up begins Saturday… with a return to the mid 40s by Sunday.

More rain moves in next week, and we’re setting up for a very active pattern!

A Unique NFL Experience…

One of the biggest attractions for Super Bowl XLVI will no doubtedly be the NFL experience.

It’s a fan-friendly, interactive pro football “theme park” that will take up the 500,000 square feet of space inside the Indiana Convention Center.

A pretty impressive set-up from all accounts, and one you can literally see “set up” right before your eyes!

The NFL Experience opens January 27th, but today, the WTHR engineering team is setting up a special camera to watch as crews assemble this popular attraction.

 The time lapse camera will record a frame about every minute  of the build-up of the NFL Experience. Once the build-up is done, a time lapse video of it will be posted on our website for people to view. After the camera has done the time-lapse, it will change over to a live feed from inside NFL for the duration of the event.

Be sure to have www.wthr.com listed on your “favorites” so you don’t miss one minute of the action!

For more information on the NFL Experience:

http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/story/09000d5d821d7902/article/enjoy-the-nfl-experience-presented-by-gmc-at-super-bowl-xlvi

 

Kris Kirschner

 

Cold Air Returns with Snow Chances

Cold air has settled back into the forecast, and our chances for snow are going up too!

Cold air has settled back into the forecast, and our chances for snow are going up too!

You may see some morning flurries today, but then mostly sunny skies are expected with temps reaching the low 30s.

Tonight, clouds increase and flurries are possible as temps drop to the upper 20s with wind gusts out of the south up to 25mph.

Thursday, light snow is likely.  As of right now, the timing of the snow looks to impact the morning commute.  So, plan on slick conditions through the early afternoon.  By Thursday afternoon, most spots will see up to 1″ of snow, but some areas especially north of I-70 could pick up up to 2″ of snow.

Friday looks mainly dry with a slight chance of snow, but another chance of light snow moves in Friday night into Saturday morning.  Again, we could see enough snow to make roads slick.  Some rain could mix in with the snowflakes, so we’ll be watching this closely too.

Temps warm up for the weekend, with another good chance for rain moving in early next week.

Whatever the Weather Brings…

On this strange, stormy day, many of us in the newsroom pondered the question many probably considered 19 days before Super Bowl XLVI: what will the weather bring, and are we prepared?

On this strange, stormy day, many of us in the newsroom pondered the question many probably considered 19 days before Super Bowl XLVI:  what will the weather bring, and are we prepared?

The Indy Super Bowl committee assures us they are ready for every scenario.  (Let’s hope they won’t be put to the test).

But what about the station bringing you the big game? 

We have some big plans when it comes to our coverage, including nightly specials the week leading up to the Super Bowl; a Super Saturday show; and a special Sunrise show Super Bowl Sunday.  Much of our live coverage out in the elements where the action is (think zipline!), including at the Super Bowl Village, outside Lucas Oil Stadium, and inside the NFL Experience. 

As our anchors and reporters prepare by learning as much as we can about each event surrounding the Super Bowl and how to get you there, our amazing production and engineering teams work to make sure we’re comfortable doing it.

Production manager Randy White–a most organized and thoughtful person–offered this plan:

We have infra red heaters at our Georgia Street location.    We’ll have  foot heaters as well  (they’re actually heating pads for pets–what I consider an ingenious idea!)  We also have the production truck there as a warming station for our crew.

We'll use heating pads like this for anchors to stand on to keep feet warm!

 At our other outdoor location, the Domestic Compound at the Stadium, we will be quite exposed to weather as the platform is not heated or covered. We will have access to the NBC NewsChannel trailer located nearby to take breaks from the cold if necessary. Otherwise, we are out in it!

 Our NFL Experience stage inside the convention center is our indoor fallback location. If we had weather like (Tuesday) morning with lightning and warnings and such, we would take it all inside.

By the way, I should mention, while you see the anchors and reporters (what we very loosely call ‘talent’)  it takes a village to raise a broadcast.  There will be about 15 members of the crew (production and engineering) behind the cameras each day making sure it all works like clockwork rain or shine…or snow.

So here’s to whatever the weather brings…and hopefully coverage you won’t soon forget.

Kris Kirschner

Heavy Rain to Snow

Get ready for our mild weather to take a very cold turn!

Get ready for our mild weather to take a very cold turn!

Temps are in the 50s this morning, but will fall into the 30s by the drive home.  Showers and thunderstorms are likely through midday.  Some storms may contain small hail, very gusty winds, and heavy rain.  As we head into the afternoon, the rain should taper off, and change to very light snow with wind gusts up to 35mph.  Little to no snow accumulation is expected.

Overnight, temps drop to the upper teens under partly cloudy skies with wind gusts up to 30mph.

Wednesday will be chilly with highs only making it into the upper 20s and low 30s with partly cloudy skies.

Thursday, light snow is possible as temps only reach the mid 20s.

If you want warmer weather… you just have to wait until Sunday… the 50s are set to return!

Rain, T-Storms and Near 60 Degrees Overnight…then Cold and Snow Showers by Afternoon!

Warmth: Our daytime high was 50, but temperatures have been rising tonight (up to 56 as of 11pm) ahead of a warm front that will precede the Arctic cold front on the way.    We could hit upper 50s to around 60 the way it’s looking before sunrise!  The cold front gets here after dawn and before lunchtime, so plan on mild rain for the first half of the day…then falling temps and a transition to very light mix or snow for the second half.

 

Rain: Looks like ½” to 1” possible…t-storms not expected to turn severe


 

Snow: Too little too late…going with a “trace” at most (far Northern Indiana could get a coating)  Another quick-mover could bring light snow (esp. Northern Indiana) Thursday, with a rain/snow mix possible Friday PM through Saturday AM.

 

Cold: Down into the teens by Wednesday morning with highs only around 30!  (Average high is 35)


 

More Crazy Swings: 50s + once again possible Sunday & Monday!

Chikage Windler

Meteorologist

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Warmer start to the week

Look for highs in the mid 40s today, rain late today, tonight and tomorrow and just a little bit of wet snow late in the day Tuesday.

I know this is not good news for those who supplement income by clearing snow, but it is going to be much warmer than average Monday.

Look for highs in the mid 40s today, rain late today, tonight and tomorrow and just a little bit of wet snow late in the day Tuesday.

I don’t know about you, but I really, really, like this weather. To show you how unusual these days are, the average high is 35 , the average low is 20 and back in 1977 we dropped down to -20 on this date! Yes, I will take this type of weather any day.

Look for a high of  just 30 Wednesday but we will slowly warm back up to the mid 50s by Sunday.

Super Bowl Accessible…

With the Super Bowl now less than three weeks away (since we’re the Super Bowl station it’s our obligation to remind you as often as humanly possible) those of us covering the event are anxiously, and yes, excitedly wondering what our assignments will be.

With the Super Bowl now less than three weeks  away (since we’re the Super Bowl station it’s our obligation to remind you as often as humanly possible) those of us covering the event are anxiously, and yes, excitedly wondering what our assignments will be.

Yes we work in the media.  And yes that  affords us access to newsmaking events, people, and places that often make friends and family envious.

However, major events–covered by worldwide media– are sometimes a different animal.

When I covered the Olympics for Channel 13 (both in Salt Lake city and Torino, Italy) the question most often asked of me:  “Did you get to see the events?”  Or rather , “It must have been great to see the events in person!”. 

I saw no events in Salt Lake city–except on the television in my modest hotel room.  I did catch an ice skating event in Torino–but only because  I bought tickets.  There are so many media outlets covering the events; and not everyone can get equal access.  Besides, we’re too busy working to really “enjoy” what we’re covering ( the way a spectator would enjoy it).

I assumed the Super Bowl would be a similar case.  Afterall, there are more than 5000 credentials approved by the NFL–90 of those go to WTHR staff.

Based on newsroom intel, however, I”m finding our access will indeed be pretty impressive.

Reporter Rich Van Wyk, (who covered Super Bowl XLV in Dallas as well as the Colts appearance in Miami) ,  offered that access to the stadium–will be limited even to media covering the event.  The NFL controls the access during this time.  Reporters will receive 2 credentials–1 for the week leading up to the game; 1 for game day itself (although not necessarily for the stadium).   (see below)

Rich Van Wyk's credential for Super Bowl XLV

 

Most credentials will offer access to the NFL Experience, training facilities, players, and media center.

As for the Super Bowl parties–those –he says–are “hit or miss”.  Rich says if it’s an NFL-sanctioned party then the credentials will get you in.  Private parties–may or may not allow access; and it would likely be limited at best.

That being said, as the NBC “Super Bowl station”–we will have access to coverage no other station will.

The “Jimmy Fallon Show”, which is broadcasting four shows from the Hilbert Circle Theater, is granting WTHR “behind the scenes” access .  We’ll see rehearsals for the show, and speak with Jimmy and his guests. 

Bob Kostas —the Today Show–and Brian Williams–are all bringing their shows to Indy.  As part of the NBC family, we expect to get some time with them.

I know plenty more opportunities will surface.

We’ll find out soon enough what our individual assignments will be.   

As a station, I”m happy to know,  even for the biggest sporting event in this city’s history, we’ll have the kind of access that will not only ensure we enjoy every moment–but more importantly, you do too.

 

Kris Kirschner

Cold to Warm and Back Again…Plus Tracking Rain to Snow

Coldest Since February!  This morning we dropped to 11 degrees, the coldest low in Indy since -1 on February 10th!  It was as cold as 3 in Kokomo!!

 

Thawing Out: By Afternoon, we squeaked up to 33 degrees…giving us about 2 hours of thawing before temperatures began dropping again.


 

Milder Air Moving In: We’ll watch overnight temps  hold steady or even rise into the morning hours with 40 possible by lunchtime and mid to upper 40s possible by late afternoon!  Tuesday (at least during the morning) looks mild too….before a strong cold front moves in.

 

Rain then Snow: Most of MLK Day looks fairly dry – maybe a few sprinkles/a touch of drizzle here or there before sunset – but it appears the steady/heavy rain may hold off ‘til the evening/night.  Once the heavier rain gets here, there’s the possibility of some January thunderstorms! (fortunately non-severe).  The cold air funneling in Tuesday afternoon should turn the rain to snow and we could get a coating here in Central Indiana…more to the north.  Another quick-moving system pulls in Thursday bringing a shot of snow (maybe some minor accumulations?) and a 3rd system is quick on its heels late Friday with what may be more rain than snow – but for now I’m saying a rain/snow mix possible.

 

60?  Seriously?  Seems pretty far-fetched I know, but some of the computer models are indicating a major warm-up a week from today.  I won’t be shocked if we at least make upper 50s…and 60 is within the realm of possibilities!  The record that day is 64.  This can and likely will change…but isn’t it fun to imagine what it would be like enjoying 60-degree weather in January?

Chikage Windler
Meteorologist
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