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A WINTER STORM WATCH has been issued for our northern counties Tuesday in anticipation of accumulating snow. Several inches are possible in areas from Monticello to Logansport to Peru to Marion to Portland points north.

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But it’s not just snow this storm will bring. The system moves in late Monday night into early Tuesday morning in the form of rain. Because temps might be hovering around the freezing mark, there is the possibility of some light icing with freezing rain at the onset. Temps warm through the morning on Tuesday turning any ice to plain rain, but not for long. Colder air wraps into the storm – turning the rain to sleet or snow by late Tuesday. Some minor slushy accumulation is possible Tuesday night even in the Indy Metro. Right now it looks like an inch or so could fall.

The snow keeps going, albeit in light and off-and-on fashion through Wednesday and Thursday and we could get up to another inch. Friday and possibly into Saturday, some scattered snow showers and flurries are possible. That’s assuming the storm system stalls – which some of the computer models are advertising.

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The clouds and snow showers and cold air will keep it feeling wintry through much of the week, so if you like it mild and dry, take advantage of the mid 40s on Monday.

On a personal note, I’d like to thank everyone for watching me on Channel 13 and for reading my posts on twitter, Facebook, and the SkyTrak Weather Blog. I’ll be leaving Channel 13 Tuesday and heading to Texas where I’ve accepted a chief meteorologist job at KEYE-TV in Austin.

It has been a pleasure forecasting the weather and exploring and enjoying the Hoosier State!
-Chikage

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Feb
23

Sunny Sunday, Then Watching a Storm Next Week

Posted By · February 23, 2013 at 11:11 pm

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Plan on lots of sunshine for your Sunday with a cold start but nice finish. Highs should top out in the upper 30s to low 40s.

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We’ll stay dry until Monday night. That’s when a large storm system now in the Rockies will push moisture into the Hoosier State. When it first arrives, temperatures should be warm enough for just rain. We could see 1/2″ to 1″ of rain between Monday night and late Tuesday. But as colder air wraps into the storm late Tuesday, a transition to mix then snow is expected. We’ll keep the chance of light snow Wednesday and Thursday with flurries and snow showers still possible Friday and Saturday. Though it could snow off and on for several days, it doesn’t look like any huge accumulations. Most areas could pick up between 1 and 2″ over the course of that long stretch. Stay tuned for changes.

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Temperatures will take a wintry turn next week as well. Wednesday into the weekend, highs are only expected to reach into the 30s. Our average high this time of year is 43.

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Our Hoosier Pic at 6 comes courtesy of Sally McAndrews who snapped these melting icicles as we thawed out this afternoon.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
-Chikage

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Feb
19

Snow, Wind and Cold Today … Messy Mix Later This Week

Posted By · February 19, 2013 at 1:50 pm

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Snow showers and flurries will move out later this afternoon. Little if any accumulation is expected.

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Blustery conditions continue. We’ve seen gusts higher than 40 mph in some spots on our SkyTrak 13 WeatherBug Network! Gusts to 40 will diminish to gusts to 30 this evening.

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Temps will hover in the upper teens to mid 20s for the rest of the afternoon with single digit wind chills. That’s a far cry from yesterday’s balmy 60-degree high!

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Tonight, skies clear and winds let up a bit, but we’ll still have Northwesterly winds 10-20 mph. That combined with temps falling into the upper single digits to low teens will lead to wind chills between -10 and 0!

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We stay dry on Wednesday, but late Thursday into early Friday, get ready for a messy mix. My hunch right now is that we’ll start late Thursday afternoon or early Thursday evening with snow or snow/sleet mix. Some minor accumulation – maybe an inch or two – is possible. Then as warmer air rides in over that system, the snow and sleet will transition to freezing rain and rain. Some computer models are indicating some ice accumulation on top of the snow. That could create big problems on the roads for the Friday morning rush.

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By Friday afternoon, any leftover moisture turns to rain and temps push into the 40s, paving the way for a mild and pleasant weekend.

Take Care and stay warm!
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Feb
18

Warmest this Month! Plus Windy with Rain to Snow

Posted By · February 18, 2013 at 12:42 pm

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What a day! We hit 50 at noon and will continue to warm into the mid (maybe upper) 50s this afternoon. The warmest we’ve seen all month was 53 on February 7th. We’ll beat that this afternoon. Our average high is 41.

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A warm front has ushered in this big warm-up. Our temps at noon were running around 27 degrees warmer than this time yesterday!

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Along with the warmth comes wind. Winds could gust 40 mph+ this afternoon. A WIND ADVISORY is in effect for Southern Indiana as well as Eastern Illinois.

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Our sunshine fades and clouds move in this afternoon. We’ll see rain push into the western part of the state after 3pm with rain making into the Indy Metro closer to 5 or 6pm.

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Highs in the mid 50s or maybe warmer are expected. We’ll get between 1/4 to 1/2″ of rain this evening and tonight, with rain turning to snow after midnight as temps fall behind a cold front. Any snow should be light – maybe a coating in a few spots.

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Tomorrow, any snow showers move out early in the morning paving the way for a mostly cloudy and windy and blustery day. Highs may struggle to make it to the freezing mark.

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It gets even colder Wednesday with highs in the 20s. Then late Thursday into early Friday, we’ll have to watch for a possible wintry mix – which could cause icy roads.

Happy President’s Day!
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Feb
17

Warm, Windy & Wet

Posted By · February 17, 2013 at 11:24 pm

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Sunday’s sunshine helped warm us up to 32 and we’ll see an even bigger warm-up for President’s Day Monday as a warm front pushes through.

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Temps warm through the night out of the 20s and into the low 30s by morning. We’ll surge into the 40s by lunchtime with highs in the low 50s. Our average high is 41, so we’ll top that by 10 degrees! At the same time, we’ll watch southerly winds at 15-25 mph with gusts of 30+ move in. And by late afternoon, rain follows. We could get around 1/2″ of rain with higher amounts to the south.

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The rain turns to light snow after midnight Monday night and if it gets cold enough before all the moisture moves out, we could see enough snow pre-dawn Tuesday for a coating to maybe 1″ in some spots. Most of the day Tuesday will be dry but blustery. We stay cold Wednesday before another system moves in. Late Thursday into Friday, we’ll see a possible wintry mix – which could include freezing rain. Icy roads could be a problem, so this bears watching.

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Our Hoosier Pic of the day comes from Rachel Holaday who snapped this shot of some bird saying “signs of spring” are here!

Have a great week!
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Feb
16

From Snow and Cold to Rain and Warmth

Posted By · February 16, 2013 at 10:17 pm

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The last of the snow showers and flurries were moving out late Saturday night and we’ll have clearing skies and falling temps heading into Sunday morning. Lows will fall through the teens.

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It was a bitterly cold Saturday with a high of just 26. Our average high is 40.

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After a very cold start, Sunday sunshine should help us climb out of the cold at least a bit. Afternoon highs in the upper 20s north and low to mid 30s south are expected.

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Then a strong warm front pushes through early President’s Day Monday bringing with it wind, warmth and clouds. The clouds thicken through the day and rain moves in during the afternoon. There’s even the possibility of thunderstorms for the southern half of the state. Rain totals between 1/2″ to 1″ are possible, with the heaviest rain to the south. As temperatures tumble on Tuesday, we’ll watch any leftover moisture change from rain to snow. A coating to 1″ can’t be ruled out early Tuesday as a result. We’ll be dry Wednesday then watch a wintry mix for Thursday and Friday. For now, it’s possible we could be dealing with icy conditions – something to watch for the Thursday and Friday commutes.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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Feb
15

Snow Showers, Cold, Clouds and Sunshine

Posted By · February 15, 2013 at 1:02 pm

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Snow bursts will move through Central and Northern Indiana over the next few hours, but we’ll also see some sunshine at times. A coating of snow is possible, but with temps topping out in the mid to upper 30s, roads should be more wet than white.

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We’ll also have breezy winds. After hitting 50 yesterday, today’s highs in the 30s will are a rude reminder that winter isn’t over.

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It gets even colder tomorrow, with scattered flurries possible and a 4pm temp of 27 and a 5pm high of just 28.

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If you’re hoping for another warm-up, you won’t have to wait long. President’s Day Monday we could hit 50 (though we’ll also see PM rain).

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We cool back down Tuesday with any leftover rain ending as some light snow. We also have a possible wintry mix on Thursday that could end Friday as some light accumulation. We’ll have to watch the end of next week.

Enjoy your Friday and have a great holiday weekend!
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Feb
12

Wintry Mix Stays South Tomorrow

Posted By · February 12, 2013 at 1:14 pm

It’s a gorgeous sunny Tuesday across Central Indiana and we’ll warm into the 40s this afternoon.

Tomorrow we’ve been tracking the chance of some morning wintry mix, but as expected, it appears the threat will stay well south of the Indy Metro. Some light mix might nudge as far north as Bedford and Brownstown to Columbus and Greensburg, with no accumulation expected. A heavier mix looks likely for folks from Evansville to Louisville.

Valentine’s Day is looking lovely! Highs surge to near 50 with breezy winds ahead of a strong cold front.

Behind the front, we get a reality check with highs in the 30s along with snow showers and flurries Friday, then highs in the 20s with a snow shower or two Saturday.
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Enjoy your day!
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