Warming Up for the Weekend

The rain is gone, and we’ll measure the weekend forecast in doses of sunshine!

The rain is gone, and we’ll measure the weekend forecast in doses of sunshine!

Highs will reach the mid 40s today with a northwest wind up to 25 to 30mph.  Sunshine is back, so enjoy it!

Tonight, skies remain mostly clear as lows drop to the mid 20s.

Saturday, highs warm into the mid 50s, and by Sunday we’ll be flirting with 60!  Sunday afternoon you’ll notice an increase in clouds with rain chances developing after 5pm.

The rain carries over into Monday.  Check out the 70s in the 7 day forecast!  Storms are possible Wednesday and Thursday, but it’s too soon to tell if some storms will be strong to severe.

Scattered Showers & Falling Temps

Grab the rain gear and warmer clothing, temps will fall as we go throughout the day across central Indiana.

Grab the rain gear and warmer clothing, temps will fall as we go throughout the day across central Indiana.

This morning we are waking up to temps in the mid 60s, but by the afternoon temps will tumble into the mid 40s.  Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are likely through at the early afternoon.  Severe storms are not expected, but wind gusts up to 40mph are likely until the cold front passes this morning.  After the front passes, temps begin to drop and winds will shift to fome out of the west up to 20mph.

Tonight, skies will become partly cloudy, but the temp will become much colder!  Overnight lows drop to the low 30s.

Friday, cooler but drier air settles in with highs only reaching the mid to upper 40s.  Again, wind will be part of our weather story, with gusts out of the northwest up to 25mph.

Saturday looks great, as a warm up begins and highs hit the low to mid 50s.

Sunday, scattered showers move and look to stay on and off through at least Tuesday.  High temps will soar close to 70, we’ll be watching for strong to severe thunderstorms early next week.  Right now it’s too early to tell if storms will  be severe.

Wind Advisory Today… Plus More Warmth!

A very windy and warm day is ahead for central Indiana.

A very windy and warm day is ahead for central Indiana.

Highs will reach 70 today with a mix of sun and clouds.  Winds will gust up to 45mph this afternoon, so a Wind Advisory is in effect for all of central Indiana until 7pm.

Tonight, showers develop after 11pm, and winds continue to gust up to 30mph.

As we start the day Thursday, we’ll be off to work and school in the rain.  Highs will reach the mid 50s, with up to 1/2″ of rain possible.  There’s a 20% chance of isolated thunderstorms, but severe weather is not expected.

Friday we dry out and cool off as temps hit the upper 40s.

Saturday looks dry with highs in the low 50s.

Sunday we’ll be watching for more rain, as temps start to warm into the upper 50s.

Early next week showers and thunderstorms look likely on Monday.  It’s too soon to tell if any storms will be severe.  We’ll keep an eye on it, and keep you posted!

Warm & Windy Tuesday

Get ready to have fun in the sun, but battle the wind as you make your outdoor plans!

Get ready to have fun in the sun, but battle the wind as you make your outdoor plans!

Highs will reach the upper 50s to low 60s across central Indiana today.  We’ll see mostly sunny skies with wind gusts out of the south up to 35mph.

Tonight, skies remain mostly clear, but the wind remains.  Lows drop to the low 40s with winds out of the south up to 20mph.

Wednesday gets even warmer with highs in the mid 60s!  We’ll see partly cloudy skies, but winds will continue to gust out of the south up to 40mph.

Thursday is a day of change.  Early in the morning rain moves in, at times it will become heavy as it sticks around through the evening commute.  Up to one inch of rain is possible, so it’s going to be a soggy day.

Sunshine returns Friday, but temps will cool into the upper 40s.

Saturday looks great with more rain developing for Sunday.

Icy Roads This Morning… A BIG Warm Up Coming This Week

Light snow overnight has created icy roads across Central Indiana this morning.

Light snow overnight has created icy roads across Central Indiana this morning.  Through the morning commute, temps will remain below freezing, so use extra care.

Flurries are possible this morning, but will taper off as we head toward the mid morning.  Sunshine will break out today, but temps will only reach the upper 30s.  The average high this time of year is 47.

Tonight, skies clear and lows drop into the mid to upper 20s.

A big warm up comes our way Tuesday with highs in the upper 50s!  By Wednesday, temps will reach the low 60s.  Late Wednesday night into Thursday and Friday rain is likely.  At this time, severe storms are not expected, but rain totals could approach one inch.  We’ll keep you posted as we get closer to that system moving in.

Cool & Mostly Cloudy with a Chance of Snow

Highs will reach the mid to upper 30s with mostly cloudy skies and a chance of flurries.

Highs will reach the mid to upper 30s with mostly cloudy skies and a chance of flurries.

A better chance of snow moves in this evening, especially south of I-70.  After 6pm light snow showers are possible.  For southern portions of the Indy metro, a dusting of snow is possible as we go into tonight.  However, what is more likely is areas south of Bloomington and Columbus could pick up, up to 1″ of snow.  Totals will reach closer to an inch the more you go south in our viewing area.

Monday, partly cloudy skies and highs around 40 degrees with settle into Central Indiana.  Winds will come out of the northwest up to 20mph, so breezy conditions are likely with wind chills in the 20s.

Tuesday we warm up to the 50s, and by Wednesday we hit the low 60s!

Our next chance for rain moves in Thursday and looks to end by late Friday morning.

Tornado Damage Surveys, Cold, and Snow

Teams from the National Weather Service have been canvassing areas hit by tornadoes to determine the intensity, track length, width, and other details of the storms from Friday’s outbreak. Though teams made some progress Saturday, this map shows where teams will be surveying damage on Sunday.

Preliminary survey results are in from a number of tornadoes, including Henryville (Clark County) where 2 tornadoes touched down within 10 minutes of each other. The strongest was rated a violent EF4 tornado with winds up to 175 mph possible. Storm damage in Holton (Ripley County) was rated EF3 with winds estimated to 145 mph and 2 fatalities. In the southwest corner of Indiana in Posey County, the tornado that moved from near Wadesville to Blairsville was rated EF2. Late Saturday night, we also got word that the Chelsea, Indiana damage (Jefferson County) was rated EF4. Pekin, Indiana was rated EF3.

An interesting map to share with you from Clark County, Indiana. The map shows tornado tracks (courtesy of the National Weather Service in Louisville) since the 1800s. Henryville, which is north of Memphis on the map, has never had a tornado track through it…until Friday when 2 did 10 minutes apart!

One thing that might make it more difficult for clean-up and recovery is snow in the forecast for Sunday. Some minor accumulating snow could bring an inch or so to a stripe of Southern Indiana late Sunday night. Meanwhile, a coating is possible for the northeastern part of the state. In between, Indianapolis will probably see some scattered flurries and snow showers, but little or no accumulation based on the forecast track of the Alberta Clipper sliding just to our south.

While temperatures here in Central Indiana will be unseasonably cold to end the weekend and start the workweek, we’ll rebound into the 50s by Tuesday and 60s by Wednesday! Our next chance of rain arrives on Thursday. Here’s your WTHR-TV 7-Day forecast:

If you’re looking for something fun (and possibly life-saving) to do Sunday afternoon, head on over to the Indiana State Museum. The IMAX film “Tornado Alley 3D” will be playing and “Storm Chasers” star Sean Casey will be on hand from 1 to 5 along with the TIV-2 (Tornado Intercept Vehicle). There will also be representatives from Homeland Security and other groups to help provide weather safety information as part of a Severe Weather Expo.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend! I’ll be sharing more on the tornado damage surveys as they come in…both on twitter and facebook.


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Cloudy and Colder Weekend Ahead – Even a Touch of Light Snow Possible

Cloudy skies today replace the stormy ones from yesterday across Central Indiana. One day after large hail pelted the Indy area and deadly twisters devastated Southern Indiana, the magnitude of the severe weather outbreak is becoming more apparent. Here’s a map of filtered preliminary storm reports (with duplicate reports filtered out) from the Storm Prediction Center for March 2nd. A total of 80 tornadoes reported in just one day. Meanwhile, the 3-year-average for the entire month of March is 74 tornadoes. More tornadoes in one day than in a typical month of March. The National Weather Service will survey the damage to determine the paths and rate the intensity of the tornadoes which could be classified as Major EF-3 or stronger storms based on the damage.

What’s ahead for the weekend? Severe weather is over, but a few snow showers can’t be ruled out. Today, some lake effect flurries and snow showers could move from Gary and Valparaiso to South Bend and Elkhart, possibly working as far south as Marion and Muncie. The snow potential increases tomorrow with light snow showers possible across much of the state. During the daytime hours, the most likely areas for snow showers are the northeastern third of the state. During the late afternoon through evening hours, the most likely areas for snow showers/mix will be Terre Haute to Bedford to Madison in the southwest third of the state as an Alberta Clipper scoots by. Most areas will see little if any accumulation, but I can’t rule out a quick coating in a few spots.

Today’s highs across Central Indiana may only reach upper 30s to the north, low 40s to the south.

Tomorrow’s highs will likely be colder – only in the upper 30s with a few snow showers.

When do we warm up? By Tuesday we rebound into the 50s with 60s possible Wednesday. Our next widespread rain chance arrives Thursday. Here’s your WTHR-TV 7-Day Forecast:

Thanks for checking in and have a great weekend!

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The Worst is Over. Storms Moving Out, Tornado Watch Canceled for the WTHR Viewing Area

The worst is over after a very stormy day in Central Indiana. Tornado watches were canceled for a good chunk of the state as the heaviest storms and greatest instability have moved east and south into Ohio and Kentucky. As of 5pm, a total of 42 tornadoes were reported from Southern Indiana to Alabama! Here in the Central Part of the state, we had numerous reports of large hail with 2 separate rounds of storms.

Several towns in far Southern Indiana were devastated by tornadoes. As of this writing, 4 fatalities had been confirmed in Southern Indiana. 3 in Chelsea and 1 in Holton. Check out this YouTube video of a tornado in Borden, Indiana (Clark County), that’s about 20 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky.

As of 6pm, the tornado watch had been canceled for all of the WTHR-TV viewing area.

The National Weather Service will survey the storm damage in Southern Indiana to determine just how strong the tornadoes were, but based on rough examination of the aerial shots of the damage, I expect the strongest of the tornadoes (i.e. Henryville, IN) could be classified as major tornadoes. An EF-3 or greater is a major tornado with winds estimated at 136 mph+.

In the meantime, our weather will continue to be windy through this evening, with colder air filtering in. Tomorrow morning, there could be a flurry or two in the northern part of the state with mostly cloudy skies here in Central Indiana and highs only in the 40s. (Today’s temps made it into the 60s!). By Sunday, we could see some light rain/snow mix move through our area with highs only in the upper 30s to near 40!

Hopefully today’s round of storms will serve as a good reminder to get prepared and take heed of warnings and the risks of storms in Indiana.

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Severe Storms Likely Today

Strong to severe storms will likely develop across Central Indiana today.

Strong to severe storms will likely develop across Central Indiana today.

As we go through the morning hours, showers and thunderstorms will begin to move into Central Indiana.  In these storms, hail is possible.  The best time for severe storms that will include hail, damaging wind, and isolated tornadoes will be from 1pm to 7pm today.  Highs will reach the mid to upper 60s.  Besides the weather warnings that will likely be issued this morning, a wind advisory is in effect for all of Central Indiana from 4pm to 10pm as wind gusts up to 45mph are possible.

The Storm Prediction Center has put Indianapolis and areas south and east in a moderate risk for severe weather, that means an elevated risk of severe storms.  A high risk of storms, which includes tornadoes covers a sliver of extreme Southern Indiana.  A slight risk covers the rest of the state.  Here’s a look at the risk map:

Tonight, temps drop to the upper 20s with breezy conditions and partly cloudy skies.  Winds will gust out of the west around 30 mph.

Saturday will be much cooler with highs in the low 40s.

Sunday, a rain/snow mix is possible.