Slick roads on New Year’s Eve

A Winter Weather Advisory continues through 7am Tuesday with 1-2″ accumulation expected.

Roads will get slick and we’re urging caution driving to New Year’s Eve parties tonight.

Light snow is likely through noon Tuesday. Clouds will stay with us through the day and temperatures will only rise into the upper 20s. Our average low is 22 degrees.

Skies will clear overnight and we’ll have the coldest morning since February 9, 2011 with the low near 9 degrees.

Snowy Finish To 2012

As expected snow is picking up across central Indiana, and will remain steady through this evening.  Quick accumulations are likely within the initial burst that’s moving through the Indy metro.  Afternoon road conditions will vary from wet to possibly slushy in heavier bursts.  Traveling after sunset will be tricky, as icy patches become more numerous.

Most locations fall within a 1″-3″ range, but locally higher amounts of 4″ can’t be ruled if any mesoscale bands develop.

Most accumulation occurs between now and midnight, but with only snow showers and flurries expected for early New Year’s morning.

Though snow today/tonight is a big story in the 7day forecast, I’d argue that morning low temperatures Wednesday & Thursday are more noteworthy.  The combination of fresh snow/clouds clearing/light wind could result in the coldest temperatures for Indianapolis in nearly two years.  February 9th, 2011 was the last single digit temperature (7°) for Indy, and January 21, 2011 was the last sub-zero low (-3°).  This cold spell will carry into the weekend, though some long-range model data suggests warmer than normal conditions for the 2nd week of 2013.  Stay tuned

Snowy start to the week

Indianapolis averages 7.6″ of snow by this point in the season and so far we’ve had 14.2″. Now another round of accumulating snow is coming.

Light snow is likely Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning. A 2-3″ accumulation is likely in the city and along the I-70 corridor.

Monday Forecast:

Light snow likely

Morning Low: 22   High: 33   Sky: Snow

Tuesday Forecast:

Light snow before Noon

Morning Low: 22   High: 26   Sky: Snow

Wednesday Forecast:

Colder

Morning Low: 9   High: 23   Sky: Partly cloudy

Thursday Forecast:

Dry

Morning Low: 13   High: 25   Sky: Mostly cloudy

Friday Forecast:

Sunny

Morning Low: 11   High: 22   Sky: Partly cloudy

Frigid Sunday & Snow for New Year’s Eve

Your Sunday will be sunny, but don’t expect today to be warm.

Your Sunday will be sunny, but don’t expect today to be warm.  Watch out for slick spots this morning as patch fog is developing.  Because temps are below freezing, freezing fog is possible.

Highs will reach the mid 20s today with mostly sunny skies. 

The normal high this time of year is 36, so we’ll be about 10 degrees below that.  Winds will come out of the southwest up to 10mph, that will create a wind chill in the single digits this morning, and the teens all day.

Tonight, clouds will be on the increase and it won’t be as cold with temps in the upper teens and low 20s by Monday morning.

New Year’s Eve we’ll be watching for more snow.  Highs will reach the low 30s, but scattered snow showers will begin developing as early as midday. 

Light snow is possible off and on through Tuesday afternoon. 

As of right now, snow totals by Tuesday night look to be 2-4″ south of I-70, with 1-3″ possible north of I-70.  We will monitor the possible snow totals closely and update you new weather models come in.

Temps will be well below freezing, so slick spots on roadways will be likely.

Speaking of cold temps, get ready for frigid air to start the new year!  Overnight lows flirt with the single digits, and temps never warm above freezing in the 7 day forecast starting Tuesday.

More Snow Coming New Year’s Eve into New Year’s Day

Snow totals from our Friday night/Saturday morning storm were impressive in the dark blue bands where it snowed 1″ per hour for several hours. The highest total in the state was 8.1″ in Vincennes, while the highest Metro total was 7″ in Fishers. Officially for Indy, the total this time around was 4.5″ which pushes our monthly total to 14″ !! For a list of more snow totals across the state, check out this link from the National Weather Service: https://nwschat.weather.gov/lsr/#IND/201212290117/201212291744

Let’s put this into perspective. Our 14″ so far this month is more than the entire winter of 2011-2012 when only 9.8″ fell.
With 14″ of snow officially at Indianapolis International Airport, we’ve now moved into 9th place for snowiest Decembers on record.

The rankings:
(1) 1973 27.5
(2) 1895 21.5
(3) 2010 16.6
(4) 2000 16.3
(5) 1981 15.6
(6) 1977 15.2
(7) 1996 14.6
(8) 2005 14.1

(9) 2012 14.0 *so far – this could go up with more snow coming New Year’s Eve.

(10) 2004 13.1

Another snow-maker is heading for the Hoosier State Monday into Tuesday. There could be some mixing initially in far Southern Indiana, but it now looks like all snow for the Indy Metro. The first flakes could fly as early as midday Monday and we might have lingering snow showers and flurries through Tuesday morning. It’s still early and very preliminary, but this next system could bring up to 3″ to parts of the state – favoring the southern half.

We’ll start off the New Year on a cold note with highs in the 20s. Computer models seem to be backing off the bitter cold air that was advertised for Thursday and Friday, so I’ve adjusted the highs and lows a bit warmer – and might even lean warmer still if the trend continues. Either way, with our average high of 36 and average low of 21, we’ve got a week’s worth of below average temps heading our way.

Tonight’s Hoosier Pic is from Christy Donaldson. Her Granddaughter Bella Maye is 2 years old and this is her first snowman! Super cute.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
-Chikage

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Light Snow Saturday to Sunshine Sunday

Light snow is expected to continue in Central Indiana today with up to 1″ of additional accumulation possible.

Light snow is expected to continue in Central Indiana today with up to 1″ of additional accumulation possible.

A Winter Weather Advisory is still in effect until 10am.

 

A Winter Storm warning is in effect until 10am as well.

Here’s a look at snow totals that have been reported through 7am Saturday.

 

Today highs will reach about 30 degrees with scattered snow showers and a breeze up to 10 mph from the northwest.  Cloudy skies and flurries are expected this afternoon.

Tonight the flurries end and temps fall into the teens.

Sunday we start off cold, and only warm into the mid to upper 20s with sunny skies.

Monday night into Tuesday another round of light accumulating snow is possible before the frigid air of single digit temps settles in.  Check out how cold it gets towards the end of the 7 day forecast.

 

 

Enough to Shovel and Plow…Again

Bands of moderate to heavy snow have developed this evening bringing accumulating snow to parts of Central Indiana. Areas from Brownsburg to Northwest Indy to Zionsville to Carmel have picked up 1-3″ already with more snow to come, pushing in from southwest to northeast.

Early reports so far:

3″ 71st & Guion in NW Indianapolis
2.5″ 10th & Country Club Road on the West Side of Indy
2″ Zionsville
2″ Clermont
2″ Fishers
1″ Brownsburg

A Winter Weather Advisory continues ’til 7am for areas south and east of Indy. Roads could get slick and snow could cause some travel woes, but this storm is very different from our last one because we have fairly light winds this time around.

I’ve revised the snow forecast up a little more to account for the band that set up from Greencastle to Carmel to Muncie this evening. Now 3-6″ accumulations are possible including in the Indy Metro points south.

We’re not done. Late Monday into early New Year’s Day, another system moves through that could start as a wintry mix or rain, then turn to snow. Minor accumulation is possible. Then the coldest air of the season barrels in by late next week. Highs may not make it out of the teens and lows could be in the single digits!

Be safe!
-Chikage

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More Snow Coming

Our winter continuing on a wintry note. Friday evening through early Saturday, we’ll have a weak system cruise through that could bring up to 1″ of new snow for Indy and possibly 2-3″ additional for areas south of Columbus.

Saturday some lingering snow showers will be possible with a coating possible. We’ll be dry Sunday before another weak system moves in late Monday into early Tuesday bringing yet another shot at light snow. Temperatures will remain below average for the next 7 days.

The snow we have may gradually melt and settle, but snow depths are impressive across the state as you’ll see from this map courtesy of the National Weather Service.

They posted a wrap-up of the storm here:
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/ind/?n=dec262012snow

Be careful of slick spots from re-freezing roads!
-Chikage

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The Blizzard of 2012

A Blizzard Warning goes into effect at 1am and continues until 7pm for much of Central Indiana. The last time a Blizzard Warning was issued for our area was Feb. 13-14, 2007! Expect heavy, wet snow and blowing and drifting. Winds could gust to 30 mph creating white-out conditions. The combination of sub-freezing temps and howling winds could drop wind chills to around 10 degrees. Travel will be treacherous, so if you have to hit the roads, you’ll want to do so tonight, or you might have to wait until the storm winds down Wednesday evening.

This is a potent storm packing a lot of moisture and computer models seem to be honing in on colder temps. With sub-freezing temps and the rain/snow line staying in far Southern Indiana, we’ll likely see “all snow” here in the Indy Metro. That, combined with liquid amounts in excess of 1″ could mean 10″+ of heavy, wet snow. Right now, it looks like the jackpot totals of up to 15″ might be in areas like Shelbyville, Columbus, and Greensburg. Snow totals will drop as you head to the north and west, with a half foot possible for Crawfordsville and Kokomo and up to a foot for Carmel and Fishers. This forecast isn’t set in stone, but we could be dealing with one of the biggest December snowstorms on record. The biggest was 13″ on December 20th, 1973.

Temperatures may start out in the low 30s first thing in the morning, but colder air wraps into the storm during the day Wednesday, which means temps falling into the upper 20s during the day. Winds sustained out of the northeast around 20-30 mph with gusts to 40 are possible.

The cold sticks around for your WTHR 7-day (the snow pack makes it harder to warm up since the sun’s energy goes into melting the snow rather than warming us up.) Another storm approaches late Friday night and Saturday. At this point it looks much weaker and could bring anywhere from a coating to a few inches of additional snow, subject to change.

Stay safe and grab your snow shovels!
-Chikage

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Snow Heading Our Way… Latest Expected Totals

A major winter storm is headed to Central Indiana, here’s the latest thinking of snow totals and the biggest threats.

A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for Central Indiana late Tuesday night until Wednesday night. 

This will more than likely be upgraded to a warning as we get closer to this winter weather event moving into the state.

The snow starts to fall late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.  At this time, rain/sleet/ice is possible southeast of Indianapolis.  By late morning Wednesday, the entire state should be looking at heavy snow. 

As of right now, this is how much snow we are expecting by Wednesday night:

Keep in mind the track of this system is still developing, so we will be fine tuning this expected accumulation.  Some very isolated spots in the 5″ to 9″ range may pick up a few inches more.

Besides the snow, I am concerned with wind.  Wind gusts up to 40mph are likely throughout the day Wednesday.  This will lead to whiteout conditions.  Travel will be dangerous.

Another chance of snow comes our way Saturday.