Snow prediction update

The latest guidance that came in at 11:30 am Monday shows a big change in snow totals Wednesday. Everything depends on the rain/snow line but the models suggest that the Indianapolis metro area could receive 3.5” to 7” of snow.

We’re under a winter storm watch starting Tuesday at 7:00 pm through Wednesday 7:00 pm. (See all counties under the watch.)

The latest guidance that came in at 11:30 am Monday shows a big change in snow totals Wednesday. Everything depends on the rain/snow line but the models suggest that the Indianapolis metro area could receive 3.5” to 7” of snow.

Everything starts as rain, then a rain/snow mix, then snow. The more mix we have, the less snow we’ll get.

The models will change a bit tomorrow, so stay tuned to Eyewitness News for the latest weather updates.

Winter Storm Watch Issued

A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for Central Indiana from 7pm Tuesday night through 7pm Wednesday night.

A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for Central Indiana from 7pm Tuesday night through 7pm Wednesday night.

At least five inches of snow is possible, and at this point up to nine inches of snow is possible.  The Watch has been issued early, so you can plan around the significant storm expected to come our way.  At times snow is expected to be heavy, and wind gusts around 3o to 40 mph, visibility will be very limited making travel dangerous at times.  That said, if the track of the storm changes, we could be updating snowfall totals to less or more.  Stay tuned for the exact timing as this system develops.

Until then, we could see a few slick spots Monday. 

Freezing drizzle and spotty showers are possible in the morning.

Christmas Day looks dry with temps in the upper 30s.

It’s late Christmas night that the winter weather moves in… we’ll keep you posted on any and all changes in the forecast.

More chances for snow next week

We’ve had 2.2″ of snow so far this season, 3.5″ below average. Now, more chances for snow are on the way.

We’ve had 2.2″ of snow so far this season, 3.5″ below average. Now, more chances for snow are on the way.
We’ll have a light rain/snow mix on Monday with no accumulation expected. Tuesday night into Wednesday a stronger storm system will spread heavy snow across the state.

Dry Weekend & Christmas Preview

Central Indiana will be warming up a bit this weekend, but as we head into next week, we’re already tracking a chance of accumulating snow.

Central Indiana will be warming up a bit this weekend, but as we head into next week, we’re already tracking a chance of accumulating snow.

The sunshine is back today with temps reaching the mid 30s.  Morning wind chills in the single digits will give way to warmer weather this afternoon.  The wind will be light out of the southwest up to 10mph. 

Tonight we’ll see a seasonal low in the mid 20s.

Sunday a few more cloud are expected as highs top out in the low 40s.

Monday, a rain snow mix is expected.  Christmas Day looks dry at this point with a high in the mid 30s.

Our focus now turns to Wednesday, when accumulating snow is possible for Central Indiana.  As of right now at least a few inches of snow looks likely. 

Of course a lot can change between now and Wednesday, so stay tuned and up to date with the forecast!

One Snow Down, A Bigger Event Down The Road?

Nature certainly flipped the switch on central Indiana, with a fresh 1″ to 3″ snowfall and a temperature tumble over the past 24 hours.

Bloomington, Columbus, and Marshall (not pictured) get a trophy for highest snowfall totals.  You can view a more extensive list via the National Weather Service Indianapolis here.

The 1.9″ snow at Indianapolis International Airport is the city’s highest snowfall since the 1.6″ that fell on February 14th earlier this year.  That pushes the season total up to 2.1″, but well shy of the average of 5″ for this time of year.

A wicked wind continues to blow across the region… producing gusts over 35-40mph and wind chills in the single digits this afternoon.  It’s definitely a wind of change, with 24 hour temperature departures nearing 30° colder!

With a clearing sky and fresh snow on the ground, lows tonight will reach their coldest levels in 10 months.

These numbers may actually be too warm.  It’s safe to say mid-teens are a given Saturday morning, with subzero wind chills!

Saturday will be much brighter, but also there will be a bigger temperature hole to dig out of.  Highs slowly climb into the lower 30s.

After a dry weekend two systems enter the 7day forecast next week.  Christmas Eve day there is a chance of either a wintry mix or just cold rain.  However, confidence is low on this system’s impacts in central Indiana.  Wednesday remains a focal point of the long range outlook.  With highly valued computer models continuing to paint a snowy solution.

Obviously not set in stone this far out, but definitely noteworthy that both the European and GFS models are persistent in placing central Indiana in a favorable position for heavy snow.  Below IS NOT  a forecast, but merely model snowfall output from the latest GFS run.  This is why we’ll be watching Wednesday closely.  Both models are indicating the “potential” for 5″ in the viewing area.  Stay tuned.

Have a great weekend.

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High wind warning, winter weather advisory in effect through Friday morning

A Winter Weather Advisory and a Wind Advisory are in effect for central Indiana. A powerful low pressure area and a trailing cold front will bring 40-50 mph winds and snow. A 1-2″ accumulation is likely Thursday night into early Friday.

A Winter Weather Advisory and a High Wind Warning are in effect for central Indiana until Friday morning. A powerful low pressure area and a trailing cold front will bring 40-50 mph winds and snow. A 1-2″ accumulation is likely Thursday night into early Friday.

The sun will be farthest south in Earth’s sky at 6:12 a.m. EST, marking the start of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. For Hoosiers, winter will start cold and snowy. All of central Indiana will see accumulation overnight and temperatures will stay in the 20s Friday.

Thunderstorms to Snow

We’ll start our day with thunderstorms and end with snow for Central Indiana.

We’ll start our day with thunderstorms and end with snow for Central Indiana.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are likely across the state this morning.  Up to one inch of rain is possible as rain marches across Indiana.

Temps will fall throughout the day, but during the daytime hours, rain is what’s likely.

Beginning this afternoon wind gusts up to 50 mph are likely. 

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the counties below until 10am Friday.  Blowing snow will be a concern tonight.  Generally 1-2″ of snow is possible, with some areas picking up close to 3″.  However, it will be hard to measure because of the strong winds.

A Wind Advisory is in effect south of I-70 for the same time period.

After 7pm tonight, scattered showers will turn to a wintry mix, then snow.  Light snow accumulation will take place overnight as 1-3″ of snow falls across Central Indiana.  Winds will continue to gust up to 50mph, that will create single digit wind chills.

Light snow is still possible Friday morning, temps will only reach the upper 20s, but it will feel like the single digits all day long.

The weekend is dry, but next week on Tuesday and Wednesday we’ve got our eyes on another chance for a wintry mix or snow.  Stay tuned for details as we get closer to the Christmas holiday.

Mild Wednesday… BIG Change from Storms to Snow Thursday

Enjoy today’s mild weather, thunderstorms and snow are in the forecast beginning Thursday.

Enjoy today’s mild weather, thunderstorms and snow are in the forecast beginning Thursday.

Highs will reach the upper 40s today with increasing clouds.

Tonight after midnight showers and thunderstorms are likely.  Temps remain mild in the 40s.

Heavy rain and thunderstorms are likely Thursday morning.  By early afternoon, up to 1/2″ of rain is possible.

Temps will fall throughout the day Thursday with winds gusting up to 45mph.  By Thursday afternoon a rain/snow mix is possible as temps fall into the low 30s.

Thursday night into Friday morning strong wind gusts will continue as temps drop into the 20s.  Wind chills will be in the single digits, as light snow is expected.  As of right now up to 1″ of snow is possible by Friday morning.  Stay tuned, we could see the potential totals change.

Friday highs will only reach the low 30s, but wind gusts up to 30mph are still likely. 

The weekend will be cool and dry with a chance of wintry mix Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Taste of winter

Over the next 48 hours our weather will go from fall to winter.

Over the next 48 hours our weather will go from fall to winter.

Wednesday will be a sunny, mild day with highs in the low 50s. Thunderstorms are likely by Thursday morning and up to .50″ rain is likely during the day.

Northwest winds gusting up to 30 mph nwill change rain to snow in the afternoon. Up to an inch of snow is likely by Thursday evening.

Mild Weather Returns… then Snow?

Morning drizzle and fog will hang around Central Indiana before a mix of sun and clouds move into the forecast this afternoon.

Morning drizzle and fog will hang around Central Indiana before a mix of sun and clouds move into the forecast this afternoon.

Highs will reach the mid to upper 40s this afternoon.  Our normal high temp is 38 this time of year.

A spotty shower is possible in Northern Indiana tonight, but everyone else looks to remain dry as lows fall to the low to mid 30s.

Wednesday will be the best day out of the week if you like mild temps and sunshine!  Highs will reach the low 50s.

Thursday is a day of change.  Showers and thunderstorms are likely early in the morning. 

As colder air works in temperatures will fall into the 30s for the afternoon, and rain is expected to turn to snow.  At this time, light snow accumulations look possible, so we’ll keep you posted!