Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! Temps will be chilly as trick-or-treaters hit the streets tonight.

Happy Halloween!  Temps will be chilly as trick-or-treaters hit the streets tonight.

Today winds will gust out of the Northwest up to 30mph with temps in the mid 40s.  We’ll see cloudy skies with a chance for spotty showers.  Wind chills will stick in the 30s today, making for a cold night for Trick-or Treaters.

Tonight temps drop into the upper 20s to around 30 degrees with partly cloudy skies.

The sunshine returns Thursday with highs around 50, and by Friday we’re in the low 50s.

Our next chance of rain moves in late morning/early afternoon Saturday with temps in the mid 30s for the start of the Indianapolis Marathon and Half Marathon.  Highs will eventually warm into the low to mid 50s.

Sunday there’s a slight chanece for a sprinkle, but as of right now it looks mainly dry.  Highs will reach the low 50s.

We warm into the mid 50s by the middle of next week.

Strong Wind Gusts & Rain

Wind gusts up to 50 mph are possible today, add to that rain mixed with snow, and it’s going to be a very bitter cold day.

Wind gusts up to 50 mph are possible today, add to that rain mixed with snow, and it’s going to be a very bitter cold day.

Highs will reach the upper 40s with strong winds possible through tonight.  A Wind Advisory is in effect for Central Indiana until 8pm.

Tonight temps drop into the upper 30s with a rain/snow mix and wind gusts up to 40mph.  No snow accumulation is expected.

Sunshine is back Wednesday with highs in the mid to upper 40s.  Winds will die down to 20mph.

We’re dry through Saturday as temps try to rebound into the 50s.

Our next best chance of rain moves in Sunday.

Wind Picking Up Across Central Indiana Today

Hurricane Sandy is impacting the East Coast, but Central Indiana will feel strong winds too.

Hurricane Sandy is impacting the East Coast, but Central Indiana will feel strong winds too.

Highs will reach the upper 40s to around 50 today with partly cloudy skies.  Winds will pick up as we head into the evening with gusts up to 45mph.

A Wind Advisory goes into effect at 5pm today and last until 6pm Tuesday.  Wind gusts up to 50 mph will be possible.

Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall in Southern New Jersey tonight. 

Along the East Coast, heavy rain, strong wind, and heavy snow in West Virginia.

Tuesday we may see light rain with snow flakes mixed in as highs struggle to make it into the upper 40s.

We warm up into the 50s starting Friday.

Sandy’s Impacts on Indiana

As of 11pm Sunday night, Hurricane Sandy was a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. The storm’s forecast track continues to indicate a likely landfall along the Southern New Jersey Shore Monday night. Millions along the East Coast will face power outages, flooding rains, and coastal storm surge. Inland impacts will likely be greatest through the highest elevations of the Appalachians where parts of 4 states are either under Winter Storm or Blizzard Warnings. Elevations of 1 to 3 feet in the mountains of West Virginia could get 1 to 2+ feet of snow.

We will experience impacts here in the Hoosier State to a much lesser extent, with the main impact being wind. A Wind Advisory goes into effect 5pm Monday and continues through 8pm Tuesday for much of Central Indiana. The Wind Advisory begins for extreme Eastern Indiana at noon. Sustained northwest wind 20-30 mph are likely with gusts 40 to 50+ mph possible. Winds will be higher the farther east you go.

In addition to wind, we’ll also feel the chill. Temperatures may barely hit 50 on Monday and only manage mid to upper 40s Tuesday through Thursday. Our average high is 61. That means a chilly and blustery night of trick-or-treating for the kiddos Wednesday. Some rain showers are also possible, though amounts should be fairly light Tuesday into Wednesday morning. Areas west of Cincinnati to Indianapolis to Monticello to Chicago may only get a few hundredths of an inch of rain. Areas from Monticello to Kokomo to Carmel to Indy to Greenfield to Shelbyville to Connersville could get up to 1/10″ of rain. Farther north and east from South Bend to Marion to Richmond 1/10″ to 1/4″ of rain is possible. And far Northeastern Indiana could get around 1/4″ including Portland and Fort Wayne. Because lows will be in the 30s and cold air will be pulled into this system, several computer models continue to indicate the possibility of a little sleet or wet snow mixing in – mainly for far eastern parts of the state, but it’s a very slight chance.

Your Monday planner is windy but dry with highs near 50. The biggest effects from Sandy move in on Tuesday.

Sandy’s effects wane as we head into Thursday and we’ll begin to warm up and watch winds diminish. Another system or two may try to slide in either late Saturday or late Sunday with a chance of some rain, but temperatures for the weekend should be near 60.

Check out our Hoosier Pic of the Day on Sunday! It’s a cute photo of Vickie Girt’s granddaughter playing in the leaves. Speaking of which, if raking the leaves is on your “to do” list, you may as well hold off. With the strong winds we’ll have the next few days, your work would be futile as you can count on more leaves coming down and blowing around. It’s also a good idea to bring in any lightweight patio furniture. And though the threat is low, isolated power outages can’t be ruled out if our gusty winds bring down tree limbs on power lines – again, the biggest chance the farther east you are. Share your pics here: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage or here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13?ref=ts&fref=ts

You can always track Hurricane Sandy with updates from the National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#SANDY

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Breezy & Cold Plus Tracking Hurricane Sandy

Very windy conditions are expected across Central Indiana through Halloween.

Very windy conditions are expected across Central Indiana through Halloween.

Winds will gust up to 25mph today out of the north up to 25mph.  Highs struggle to hit 50 degrees today with partly cloudy skies.  This time of year highs usually top out in the low 60s.

Tonight, temps drop to the low 30s.

Monday, highs hit the upper 40s with wind gusts out of the north up to 35 mph.

Hurricane Sandy is still eyeing the East Coast  including NYC, New Jersey, Delaware, and the Virginia’s.

Some of Sandy’s moisture could push in as far west as east central Indiana.  On Tuesday and Wednesday I have a 20%  chance of spotty showers with the possibility of snowflakes mixed in **IF** Sandy’s moisture makes it into Indiana.  At the very least expect breezy and below normal temps.  Trick or treating looks cold and windy with temps in the low 40s as kiddos head out.

Cool, Breezy Weekend Continues, Plus Sandy’s Possible Effects on Indiana

A FREEZE WARNING is in effect from 3am to 9am for parts of South-Central Indiana. The reason we don’t have a freeze warning for the rest of Central Indiana is we’ve already seen freezing temps this season. Plan on near-freezing wake-up temps the next couple mornings.

Sunday’s highs will be around 10 degrees cooler than average despite mostly sunny skies. We’ll also have breezy winds out of the north 10-20 mph.

As we head into Tuesday and Wednesday, we’ll have to watch closely the impact of Sandy. After making landfall on the East Coast – projected Monday evening between the Delmarva Peninsula and the New Jersey Coast – Sandy will weaken and lose tropical characteristics, but the circulation is likely to wrap in cold air which could bring significant snow into the mountains of West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Some computer models are backing in the clouds, wind, and cool air as far west as Indiana. Some rain showers could nudge into Central Indiana and there’s even the slight possibility of some snowflakes (in blue on FutureTrak13) working westward into Eastern/Northeastern Indiana Tuesday or Wednesday. This bears watching for sure. For the latest on Sandy from the National Hurricane Center:  http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#SANDY

Sandy’s influence fades by Thursday and we’ll finally start warming up. We could see at or above average temps by next weekend. For now, it looks like a dry Monumental Marathon forecast next Saturday with start temps in the upper 30s.

Our Hoosier Pic at 6 is courtesy Andrea Wyant who took this cute shot of 4-month-old Aaleigha’s first Halloween as a baby pumpkin!

And our Hoosier Pic at 11 comes from News Photog Matt Whisner who (on his day off) snapped his dog Velcro’s Jack-o-lanterns and sent in this pic. Share your pic here: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage?ref=hl or here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13?fref=ts

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Weekend Chill

The weekend chill has settle in, and it looks to stay around into next week.

The weekend chill has settle in, and it looks to stay around into next week.

Highs will reach the low 50s today, but feel much cooler thanks to a north breeze up to 15 mph with gusts up to 25mph.  We’ll see plenty of sunshine today.

Tonight, temps drop into the low to mid 30s with partly cloudy skies.

Sunday, we’re back in the low 50s with partly cloudy skies.

Hurricane Sandy has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but it’s still just as dangerous as it eyes the East Coast early next week.  Very heavy rain leading to flooding, and strong winds are the biggest threats.  This is the 5am update:

For our 7 day forecast, the weather is looking pretty quiet.  There’s a slight chance of rain Tuesday and Wednesday, but the bigger story is the high temps hanging around 50 degrees.  Our normal high this time of year is in the low 60s.

Chilly Stretch Ahead

Rain totals through midday on our SkyTrak13 WeatherBug Network were generally between 1/10″ to 1/3″. More showers will be possible from Indy’s southeast side points south and east this afternoon, while areas to the north and west should be mostly cloudy, cool and windy.

Highs may only manage 40s this afternoon because of the clouds and chilly winds (and showers south and east). That’s a huge difference from yesterday’s balmy 76! It will feel even cooler because of the wind.

Operation Football will be cool and cloudy in the 40s, but bundle up! It will feel more like 30s!

We’ll dry out for the weekend, but remain unseasonably cool. Our average high is 61 and we may not reach that for the next straight week! Also, we’re keeping a close eye on the projected path of Hurricane Sandy. Midday forecasts for Sandy suggest that after bringing major impacts to the East Coast (Mid-Atlantic especially) with landfall early next week, the circulation of Sandy could wrap in cold air, wind, and moisture as far west as the Hoosier State by Tuesday and Wednesday. If that happens (it’s still an “if”), we could be in for highs in the 40s, lows in the 30s, and showers or drizzle Tuesday/Wednesday. That may mean a damp/dreary Halloween for kids, so this bears watching. And…if it is cold enough, a few flakes can’t be ruled out, especially for northeastern Indiana.

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Chilly & Rainy Friday

A rainy cold Friday is ahead for Central Indiana.

A rainy cold Friday is ahead for Central Indiana.

Highs will reach the low 50s with spotty showers throughout the day.  A cool north breeze up to 20mph is possible.

At this time, a few spotty showers are possible for Operation Football, but the rain should start to exit.  It will still be cool and damp with game time temps in the 40s and a cold north breeze.

Tonight temps fall into the low to mid 30s, as the rain ends and skies start to clear.

Starting Saturday, dry weather settles in through next Thursday, however, high temps hang around 50 with overnight lows around the freezing mark.  The “normal” high this time of year is 62.

One More Day of Warmth

One more day of warm temperatures will settle into Central Indiana, then a big change is coming our way!

One more day of warm temperatures will settle into Central Indiana, then a big change is coming our way!

Highs will reach the upper 70s today with wind gusts out of the south up to 30 mph.  Late this evening partly cloudy skies will begin to build, before that, sunshine will be plentiful.

Tonight through Friday scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are possible.  Up to 1/2″ of rain is likely through Friday night.  As of right now, Operation Football looks damp and soggy with spotty showers.  Highs Friday will only reach the 50s.

Spotty showers are possible early Saturday morning, with a mix of sun and clouds for the afternoon with highs in the low 50s.

Sunday will be dry, but we will have a very cold start in the 30s.

For the rest of the week, temps struggle to reach 50 with overnight lows in the low to mid 30s.

Our next chance for rain moves in Wednesday and Thursday.