By 10pm Monday, temperatures had already fallen into the single digits. The longer the skies stay clear, the lower the temperatures will go. Forecast lows are in the range of 0 to 5 degrees. If the skies stay clear, there will be some cities below zero early Tuesday. Winds won’t be too gusty overnight, but wind chills will still be in the range of 0 to -10.
Highs will rebound into the lower 20s on Tuesday, but another push of arctic air is just around the corner. Highs are only forecast in the single digits on Wednesday and Thursday and morning temperatures will go below zero later this week too. Take precautions from the cold.
A few snow showers are possible on Tuesday and Wednesday too, but only minor accumulations are expected. A slightly more organized weather system is in the weekend forecast. We will keep you updated on snowfall/wintry mix potential.
Another arctic front arrives just in time for Valentine’s Day. This front will trigger more snow showers and falling temperatures. The bursts of steadier snow will be enough to cover the ground and a few slick roads are possible on Saturday. These lake effect snow showers stay in the forecast through Saturday night. As you make your way out for dinner, temperatures will be in the single digits. Another round of gusty winds will accompany the arctic front on Saturday too. Wind chills by Saturday night and early Sunday will be in the range of -10 to -20.
Sunday will be a frigid day, with highs in the teens. This chill is forecast to linger through next week too. We are monitoring a couple of weather systems after the arctic front on Saturday. The latest analysis keeps the accumulating snow out of central Indiana. There is still a chance for a few snow showers on Tuesday and Wednesday. Another round of frigid air is on the way too. By Wednesday and Thursday, lows will be in the single digits and highs only in the teens.
The SkyTrak13 Weather Team is tracking a cold and snowy weather pattern over the next 7 days. Temperatures by Friday morning will be in the single digits, with wind chills in the range of 0 to -5. After that frigid start to Friday, there will be a mix of clouds and sun. High temperatures reach the upper 20s. These numbers are about 10 degrees colder than average and even colder air arrives to start the weekend.
Another arctic front arrives on Saturday. This front will trigger more snow showers and falling temperatures. As you make your way out for Valentine’s Day dinner, temperatures will be in the single digits. Another round of gusty winds will accompany the arctic front on Saturday too. Wind chills by Saturday night and early Sunday will be in the range of -10 to -20.
There are more snow chances too. After the snow showers on Saturday, we are monitoring a couple of weather systems for the end of the weekend and early next week. We will keep you updated on timing and how much will fall.
There will be more clouds than sunshine this weekend. There is also the threat for low clouds and fog, as the warmer air moves over the colder ground and snow. Saturday will be dry and right now there is just a chance for a few showers later on Sunday.
Colder air returns early next week, with highs in the 30s on Monday and Tuesday. There is another chance for rain on Wednesday. Even colder air in the forecast for the end of next week, with a few flurries on Thursday.
It will be windy and much colder overnight. Winds NW 15-25 mph with some higher gusts will cause some blowing and drifting snow. Temperatures will be in the single digits from Indianapolis north by early Thursday and wind chills will near -10 degrees.
With the new snow, the cold and the gusty winds there will be slick roads through the Thursday morning commute. A few lake effect snow showers are possible on Thursday, with a mix of clouds and sun. Highs will only reach the upper teens and lower 20s.
We are forecasting a temperature rebound by Friday and the weekend. Highs will be in the 30s on Friday and upper 30s and lower 40s this weekend. There is a chance for rain on Sunday.
The key factors to the snowfall numbers are timing, track and temperature. We are confident on the timing. Here is the timing with FutureTrak13.
The track and temperature are still a bit uncertain. We are a bit more confident that the track will be near the Ohio River. What is still really up in the air is the temperature. Highs on Saturday will be in the range of 35-40 degrees on Saturday, in advance of the storm. This is above freezing and if temperatures don’t fall fast enough, there will be more rain than snow to start and this will mean less snow.
Where there is more rain than snow, snowfall totals will be dramatically lower. Here is our estimate now. We are forecasting 5-9 inches of snow north of Indianapolis. There will be a band of 3 to 7 inches of snow around Indianapolis and along I-70. Bloomington and Columbus south will be 2 inches of less. Remember this is a still developing winter storm and there will be updates.
Friday will be dry but cold, with highs in the range of 25-30 degrees. Most of Saturday will be dry too, with highs in the middle and upper 30s. The end of the weekend includes snow.
The SkyTrak13 Weather Team is monitoring a developing storm system for the end of the weekend. Right now we are forecasting a rain/snow mix to start falling Saturday night. This is forecast to change to all snow, with the heaviest falling between 11pm Saturday and 5pm Sunday. This is an early look at the timing and there will be changes, so stay tuned for updates.
If (this is a big if) this is an all snow event for central Indiana, several inches of snow are possible. On the low end 2 inches of snow and on the high end, there is the potential for 6 or more. These numbers are also an early estimate and there will be changes. There are still question marks with this developing winter storm. We will be monitoring the track, timing and temperature. Even minor changes to any of these will have a big impact on snowfall potential.
Please check back for updates, as we will be tracking this storm closely into the weekend.