Morning Storms and Wind Advisory

Showers and thunderstorms will continue to push through Central Indiana this morning, then a windy afternoon with temps near 70 comes our way!

Showers and thunderstorms will continue to push through Central Indiana this morning, then a windy afternoon with temps near 70 comes our way!

This morning some storms may be strong to severe south of I-70.  Very heavy rain, damaging wind and isolated tornadoes are possible.

By mid morning the storms should clear, and the winds pick up.  A Wind Advisory is in effect for all of Central Indiana from 9am to 7pm.  Wind gusts out of the southwest up to 45mph are possible this afternoon.  We should see mostly sunny skies for the afternoon, there’s a slight chance for a pop up storm.

Tonight, skies remain partly cloudy with lows in the mid 30s.

Thursday, temps will be cooler with highs in the low 50s with sunshine.

Friday looks breezy and warm with highs in the mid to upper 60s.  Showers and thunderstorms develop for the afternoon and evening, and some storms could be strong to severe.  We’ll keep a close eye on this developing system.

The weekend looks much cooler with temps rebounding next week.

Get Ready for Rain and Storms Tonight & Tomorrow Morning

What a day so far! Sunshine and high clouds have created some gorgeous photo ops! This morning, I shot a sundog on my way to work – that’s the prism-like patch of rainbow color to the right side of the sun, created when the sun’s rays pass through high, thin cirrus clouds which are made of ice crystals. Always a pretty sight!

By 2pm, the clouds have started to thicken a bit and temperatures continue to warm. 52 degrees and into the mid 50s later as a warm front lifts northward through the Hoosier State. Once the warm front is to our north, we’ll be in the “warm sector” which is the favored zone for thunderstorm development ahead of a cold front.

Scattered showers may develop this evening, but the best risk of heavy downpours and thunderstorms arrives after midnight and through around 9am. Some of the storms could turn strong to severe, and from Indy points east, a “slight risk” of severe storms will be with us in the morning. That’s the area shaded in yellow. The biggest risks include (1) high winds, (2) heavy rain, (3) isolated large hail.

This will impact the morning rush, so you may want to leave yourself some extra time in the morning and check in with Chuck Lofton (weather) and Mimi Pearce (traffic) on WTHR when you wake up. Here’s what FutureTrak13 is projecting for 8am tomorrow. Rain = green. Heavy rain or t-storms = yellow, orange or red.

We could pick up around 1/2″ of rain (more in the strongest storms) with the steady rain moving out by around 9am. After that, an isolated storm could pop later in the day, but most areas will turn dry, windy, and warm. We could hit upper 60s for highs (70s as close as Bloomington!) The average high is 45 degrees.

We’re dry and cooler (but still well above average) on Thursday in the 50s, then warm again with t-storm chances returning on Friday in the 60s. This upcoming weekend brings a colder pattern with an outside chance of scattered flurries (esp. Northeast Indiana) Saturday, and a chance of light rain/snow mix on Sunday. But anything that falls won’t stick around…highs will be just too warm!

Enjoy the rest of your day!
-Chikage

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Warming Up and Tracking Storms

Temps will hit the low to mid 50s across Central Indiana today, with showers and thunderstorms developing late tonight into Wednesday morning.

Temps will hit the low to mid 50s with partly cloudy skies across Central Indiana today, with showers and thunderstorms developing late tonight into Wednesday morning.

Tonight temps stay nearly steady tonight in the low 50s with scattered showers and thunderstorms moving into the state.  Some storms overnight into Wednesday could be severe.

Wednesday, highs hit the mid to upper 60s with strong to severe storms possible in the morning.  Damaging wind and hail are the primary concerns with any storm that turns severe, but an isolated tornado can’t be ruled out.  Outside of storms, winds gusts out of the southwest up to 40mph are possible.

Here’s the severe weather outlook for Wednesday.  The area shaded in yellow is the slight risk for severe storms.  Green means thunderstorms are possible.

The storms exit by midday Wednesday and temps drop to the upper 30s.

Thursday will be dry with highs in the low 50s.

Friday temps rebound into the 60s, with more showers and thunderstorms.  It’s too early to tell if storms may be severe on Friday, we’ll keep watching the developing system, and keep you posted.

Saturday look dry for now with highs in the 40s.

There’s a slight chance for rain Sunday.

Warming Up and Tracking Storms

It’s a beautiful and breezy Monday and temperatures have climbed into the low 50s for the 2nd straight day. Our mild air sticks around. In fact, temperatures will be in the 50s again tomorrow and could hit mid 60s to around 70 by Wednesday! Check out this map of forecast highs Wednesday…70 in Bloomington? Possible!

Along with the warmth, we’ve got rain on the way. Plan on rain showers developing late Tomorrow (probably around or after sunset). But the showers become more widespread and heavier as the night wears on. We could have some thunderstorms late Tuesday night through early Wednesday. Here’s what our FutureTrak13 model is projecting for 9am Wednesday:

Some of the storms could turn strong to severe from Indy points south and east mainly from Wednesday morning to midday. I have a hunch most of the rain will end Wednesday morning, but with some instability and lots of warmth we might fire a couple additional storms later in the day. The highest risk of severe will be to our southeast.

We’ll end February (and meteorological winter) on a very warm note! March brings cooler air to start, but we could hit 60 again on Friday. The upcoming weekend brings very small chances of a flurry or two early Saturday, and some scattered snow showers Sunday. Neither chance looks like much.

Here’s your WTHR-TV 7-Day:

Enjoy the rest of this gorgeous day!
-Chikage

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Feeling like spring…

If you enjoyed yesterday, the this day should be perfect for you! I still find it hard to believe, but I saw a guy mowing his yard yesterday afternoon and it is still February!

If you enjoyed yesterday, the this day should be perfect for you! I still find it hard to believe, but I saw a guy mowing his yard yesterday afternoon and it is still February!

Beautiful weather all day long today with a high of 50 degrees. Remember that we are just 22 days from the official beginning of spring but it will feel like the new season all week.

Rain moves in Tuesday, late, with more rain early Wednesday. Highs by mid week could reach the mid 60s. Look for rain and thunderstorms Tuesday night into Wednesday and the early forecast from the Storm Prediction Center shows a slight chance for severe weather for parts of Indiana during that time period.

Mild then Wet This Week

*Warmth: We hit 52 today and despite a weak cold front moving through overnight, tomorrow’s temps will only be a couple degrees cooler…still around 50! We have a shot at 60s by Wednesday!


*Triple Conjunction Sunday Night: Thanks to clear skies we once again were able to see the triangle in the night sky…this time the crescent moon was closest to Jupiter (upper left) and above Venus. Jupiter and Venus will continue to get closer and closer together as we head into March

*Rain: Rain is likely late Tuesday (even a chance of thunderstorms) into early Wednesday morning. We could get up to ½” of rain…heavier amounts to the south. (Meanwhile, the first major winter storm of the season is targeting the Upper Midwest – a foot or more possible in Minneapolis-St. Paul!) Another chance of rain for us Friday.

*Weekend Snow Chance: There’s a slight chance we might see flurries Saturday morning and possibly some snow showers Sunday – but with highs both days in the 40s, and very little moisture – this is meager at best.

Have a great week!
-Chikage

Share Your Sunday Hoosier Pics!

What a day! We’ve turned off winter and put spring in high gear today. Our temp at 4pm is up to 52 degrees on a sunny, breezy, and mild Sunday. I stopped by the Indy Canal and snapped this pic of people taking advantage of the warm-up in shorts!

Submit your pic! All you need to do is post on our facebook wall: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13, attach it in an email to us at pix@wthr.com, or upload directly from our website http://iwitness.wthr.com  Make sure it’s a pic you took today.

Thanks for sharing your pics!

-Chikage

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Mild Air Returns & Settles In

The 50s are returning to central Indiana, and so is a chance for thunderstorms!

The 50s are returning to central Indiana, and so is a chance for thunderstorms!

Highs will reach the low 50s today with sunny skies and wind gusts out of the south up to 30mph.

Tonight won’t be as cold as temps drop to the low 30s with clear skies.

Monday, highs reach the upper 40s with sunshine.

Our weather pattern begins to change Tuesday.  Highs will soar into the 50s with increasing clouds.  Late Tuesday afternoon into the evening showers and isolated thunderstorms are possible.  By Wednesday morning, up to .50″ of rain is possible.

A few showers may linger Wednesday morning, but we’ll eventually dry out as highs warm into the mid to upper 50s!

Thursday will be dry, but Friday looks to be soggy.  Late Friday night we could see rain transition to light snow.  It’s too early to tell if accumulating snow is possible, so we’ll keep you updated as we head towards the end of the week.

Warming Up to End the Weekend

The Cold: From morning flurries to afternoon sunshine, Saturday’s high was just 35 degrees (normal is 44) and our overnight low will likely fall into the low 20s (upper teens outlying spots) due to clear skies and light winds

Triangle in the Sky: Maybe you saw the “triple conjunction” of the Crescent Moon, Venus, and Jupiter in the Western Sky Saturday night?  It will be visible again Sunday night.

Warming Trend: Plan on 50s for highs (but breezy too) Sunday through Wednesday

Next Chance of Precipitation: Late Tuesday through Early Wednesday we’ll get rain with the chance of t-storms as well.  Between ½” to 1” of rain possible.

 
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
-Chikage

From Wind Chills to Warmth

Icy spots are possible this morning after a light coating of snow in some spots north of I-70 overnight.

Icy spots are possible this morning after a light coating of snow in some spots north of I-70 overnight.

Flurries remain in the forecast this morning with clouds breaking as we head into the afternoon.  Highs will reach the mid 30s with winds out of the west up to 20mph.  Wind chills will be in the mid teens to 20s this afternoon. 

Tonight, temps drop to the low 20s with mostly clear skies, and winds relax out of the south/southwest at about 5 mph.

Sunday, it’s a return to spring like warmth!  Highs will reach the upper 40s to around 50 degrees with winds gusting out of the south up to 30mph.

Monday and Tuesday highs remain in the 50s… but late Tuesday scattered showers and even thunderstorms are possible.  At this time, it’s too early to tell if any storms may be severe, we’ll keep you posted as we get closer to that system moving in.