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Feb
11

Wind Advisory This Afternoon

Posted By · February 11, 2013 at 12:50 pm

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Winds could gust to 50 mph out of the southwest and west through the afternoon. That’s why a WIND ADVISORY is in effect. The winds are due to a strong area of low pressure spinning through the Great Lakes and passing to our north. Winds should diminish after sunset.

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Our SkyTrak 13 WeatherBug Network shows gusts as high as 48 mph reported this morning! That’s been holding wind chills down in the 20s.

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We’ll have cloudy skies from Indy points north and sunshine to the south today, but by late afternoon, skies should start to clear. Our official high actually occurred at just past midnight when we reached 51 degrees. Then, we fell to 37 by 11am. We’ll slowly climb this afternoon to around 42.

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After a sunny Tuesday, Wednesday is a bit of a question mark. I have a hunch we’ll stay dry and turn milder, but a storm system that moves to our south could bring parts of Southern Indiana some wintry mix first thing Wednesday morning. A couple computer models do bring a touch of moisture as far north as Indy, so we’ll have to watch that storm carefully.

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Your WTHR 7-Day forecast shows a moderating trend heading into Valentine’s Day with highs in the mid 40s. But a strong cold front moves in Friday bringing a chance of snow showers and flurries both Friday and Saturday. At this point it looks like little if any accumulation, but we’ll keep an eye on it. One thing that looks pretty certain is a big temperature plunge. We might not make it out of the 20s on Saturday!

Hold on to your hats…and have a great Monday afternoon,
-Chikage
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Feb
10

Windy Start to the Workweek

Posted By · February 10, 2013 at 11:15 pm

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It was a wet end to the weekend across Central Indiana. Indianapolis officially picked up .10″ of rain, but we also saw temperatures soar into the 50s.

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Here’s a look at rain totals from our SkyTrak 13 WeatherBug Network. The heaviest rain fell in the western part of the state with Rockville picking up .36″

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Overnight, the drizzle diminishes and skies clear, but the wind picks up.

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A WIND ADVISORY covers much of Northern Indiana where wind gusts of 45 to 50 mph will be possible. In Central Indiana, gusts topping 40 mph are possible.

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Temperatures will be cooler for your Monday with highs in the low 40s, but it will feel even cooler because of the wind.

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Most of your 7-day is pretty quiet, but we’ll have to keep an eye on Wednesday when a storm system scoots to our south. If it nudges farther north, we might get a bit of wintry mix or rain. It’s looking more likely for some light snow or flurries on Friday followed by a major cool-down next weekend with highs only in the 20s by then.

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Our Hoosier Pic of the Day for Sunday comes courtesy of Manjit Trehan who snapped this eagle in flight on Saturday.

Have a great week!
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Feb
09

Rain on the Way

Posted By · February 9, 2013 at 11:30 pm

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A storm moves in Sunday as rain in Missouri and Illinois pushes northeastward into Indiana. Temperatures which dropped below freezing late Saturday night should start to warm as we head into the morning, so we’re not expecting wintry precipitation in the Indy Metro. By morning, we’ll likely be in the mid 30s and 40s by midday on the way to highs in the low 50s.

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In contrast, our friends in New England are digging out of the Blizzard of 2013. It was an impressive storm! 5th biggest for Boston and 2nd biggest for Hartford. Widespread 2-3 feet totals were reported. The list of rankings comes courtesy of the National Weather Service office in Boston.

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Rain moves out by late Sunday night paving the way for a slightly cooler but mainly dry workweek. The exception may be Friday when a chance of flurries and snow showers moves in.

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Finally, our Hoosier Pic of the day from Tony Hickman in Lewisville. He shot this beautiful sunset Friday night.

Thanks for checking in!
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Feb
03

More Snow Coming

Posted By · February 3, 2013 at 6:57 pm

We picked up a fresh coating of snow today and only made it to a high of 24.

Now, more snow is on the way, though it doesn’t look like much. Another Alberta Clipper swings through Monday, bringing the heaviest snow to Northern Indiana. Right now, it looks like most of the Indy Metro could get up to 1″, while 1-2″ look possible for Monticello, Kokomo and Muncie. farther north, Marion and Fort Wayne could get 2-4″. The snow moves into Northwest Indiana early morning, and sinks southward toward Indy by midday, then moves east into Ohio during the afternoon.

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We’ve had 3 straight days below freezing and could tack on two more before a thaw. But it’s coming! And the next system moving in Thursday looks like mainly rain (slight chance of mix if it arrives early or stays late). We surge into the 40s to end the week. Our average high is 37.

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Here’s a look at your WTHR 7-day:
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And here’s our Hoosier Pic at 6pm from Brad Brown of New Palestine. He spotted this bird in his backyard!

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Have a great week!
-Chikage


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Feb
02

Snowy Pattern

Posted By · February 2, 2013 at 11:31 pm

Punxsutawney Phil may say we’ll have an early spring, but Mother Nature is bringing us plenty of winter in the next few days.

This morning, we picked up 1.3″ of snow officially, bringing our total for the season to 18.9″, which is 1.7″ above average.

Plan on highs in the 20s with snow showers and flurries for Sunday. A fresh coating of snow is possible.

We nudge to just below freezing on Monday with light snow likely. There could be another 1 to 3″ of accumulation.

Yet more snow is possible Tuesday, mainly for the northern half of the state.

We finally climb out of the cold Wednesday as highs break the freezing mark for the first time in nearly a week.

We should hit low 40s by Thursday with rain moving in. Our average high is 37 this time of year.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
-Chikage

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Feb
01

From Bitter Cold to Accumulating Snow

Posted By · February 1, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Our low this morning fell to 5 degrees! Indy’s coldest wind chill was -14 at 3am. We were far from a record, however. The coldest temp on record for Indy on February 1st was -11 back in 1951.

It won’t be as cold this weekend, but we will have accumulating snow as a weak system slides through tomorrow.

Most areas will get 1 to 3″ of snow, with slightly more possible in Northeastern Indiana. The snow moves in after midnight tonight and tapers late tomorrow. We’ll still have scattered flurries around on Sunday.

If you’re hoping for a warm-up, we’ll have a minor thaw next week with highs in the mid to upper 30s.

If you believe in folklore, tomorrow if Punxutawney Phil sees his shadow, we’ll have 6 more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t, we’ll have an early spring.

Have a great weekend!
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Jan
29

Severe Risk Overnight

Posted By · January 29, 2013 at 1:10 pm

We’ll be under a slight risk of severe storms overnight, with the most likely timing for storms between midnight and 6am. Damaging winds are most likely, but isolated tornadoes and hail can’t be ruled out. Southwest Indiana including Evansville is under a moderate severe risk.

In addition to the severe threat, there’s also a flood threat. 1-2″ of rain could cause some street flooding and rising rivers are likely. Since our ground is already saturated, flooding in the usual spots is possible. A FLOOD WATCH runs from 7pm to 11am.

Temperatures top out in the low to mid 60s today (the record is 66 set in 2002) with the warmth lasting into the wee hours of the morning along with the storms. Behind the storms and cold front, temps will drop much of the day tomorrow.

Tomorrow’s morning temp around 8am will probably be around 59…then we’ll fall into the 30s by late afternoon. There could be some passing rain showers that turn to snow showers as the colder air works in. That leads to a bitter end to the week. Some light snow is possible Saturday, then we warm up again.

Some tips for tonight: clear out your storm drains today before the heavy rain arrives, and before you go to bed, make sure your weather radio is on to alert you if any warnings are issued while you’re asleep.

Take Care!
-Chikage

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Jan
28

Springlike Warmth, Rain, Snow, and the Return to Winter

Posted By · January 28, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Temperatures today have soared into the 50s, which is more like March than late January. We’ve also had more than a quarter inch of rain, with more drizzle and occasional showers likely through the day today and again tomorrow. Tomorrow, the warmth builds, with near record highs possible! Our record tomorrow is 66 set in 2002. I’m forecasting 64.

We’ll have showers during the day, then at night, as a strong cold front approaches, we’ll watch a line of strong to severe storms move through accompanied by 1-2″+ of rain.

With so much rain possible, the National Weather Service has hoisted Flood Watches for much of Central Indiana where heavy rain could cause rising rivers and flash flooding.

Behind the front, Wednesday brings falling temps which will start in the 50s in the morning and fall into the 30s. That means rain may end as some light snow. Right now, it doesn’t look like much more than a coating if that.

We end the week with a return to bitter temps.

Finally, our Hoosier Pic today is my new bundle of joy! I’ve had a great time bonding with little Zailey while on maternity leave!

It’s going to be a wild ride!
-Chikage
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