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Wet and Warm, then Storms to Snow

Posted By · January 27, 2013 at 11:48 pm

Get ready for a roller coaster ride of weather this week!

We’ll have warming temps through the night with 40s by morning and 50s by afternoon.  Plan on pockets of light rain and drizzle through the day.  It gets even warmer on Tuesday with near-record warmth!  The record is 66 and we could get close.  Showers Tuesday give way to storms overnight Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning.  There’s the slight risk of severe storms including West-Central Indiana.  A strong cold front barrels through Wednesday, dropping us out of the 50s in the morning and into the 30s by afternoon with rain turning to snow.  Some light accumulation can’t be ruled out.  After that, we’ll get another visit from the Arctic with single digit lows and highs in the teens possible by the end of the week.

Enjoy the ride!


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

Posted By · December 29, 2012 at 9:28 pm

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!

Take Care,
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Enough to Shovel and Plow…Again

Posted By · December 28, 2012 at 9:04 pm

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!

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More Snow Coming

Posted By · December 27, 2012 at 11:46 pm

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:

Be careful of slick spots from re-freezing roads!

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The Blizzard of 2012

Posted By · December 25, 2012 at 7:02 pm

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!

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Weekend Warmth and Wind

Posted By · November 9, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Get ready for the warmest temps in 2 weeks to move into the Hoosier State. Our average highs are in the mid 50s, and we’ll soar into the 60s to near 70 degrees ahead of a strong cold front. Whether you’re heading to the Indianapolis Veterans Day parade tomorrow or the IU game in Bloomington, plan on low to mid 60s at midday and highs near 70s.

Operation Football weather is looking great with mild and dry weather and temps in the 50s.

Our stint of Indian Summer comes to an abrupt end with a strong cold front moving through Sunday night into Monday. It will bring a round of showers and t-storms (between 1/2″ to 1″ of rain expected) and there may be enough moisture left over late Monday for some light snow to mix in before we dry out. Also – Monday will be a day where our high occurs in the morning, with falling temps throughout the day. By Tuesday, we’re cold again – with highs only in the low 40s.

Have a great weekend,

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Election Day Clouds Increase, Showers This Evening

Posted By · November 6, 2012 at 12:56 pm

After cool sunshine this morning and lows in the 20s, we’ve rebounded into the 40s with sunshine through midday. But this afternoon, clouds will take over. After dark, we’ll watch light showers push into the state. Most areas will see less than 1/10″ of rain beginning this evening and lingering into tomorrow morning. Temperatures by early morning could drop into the mid 30s to our north, so any leftover moisture *might* try to mix a little, but in the Metro it should be liquid with lows in the upper 30s.

Tomorrow, we’ll start with clouds, fog and maybe some drizzle, then watch decreasing clouds with highs in the upper 40s. That will make 13 straight days of below average temps.

We’ll enjoy sunshine and a warming trend heading into the weekend. Mid 60s are still on track for Saturday and Veterans Day Sunday, but a strong cold front brings an end to our warmth Sunday night into Monday bringing showers and storms. Temperatures behind the front will top out only in the 50s Monday and 40s by next Tuesday.

Our Hoosier Pic today is from David Lawrence who captured this gorgeous fall scene yesterday. Share your pic here: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage?ref=hl or here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13?fref=ts.

Hope you didn’t have to wait in a long line to vote today,

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Cool and Dry Today, Election Day Showers

Posted By · November 5, 2012 at 12:26 pm

This morning was the coldest since March 4th! Our low officially for Indy fell to 27 degrees. Our average low is 39.

This afternoon, we’ll be cool but dry as a weather system pushes to our south and west bringing rain to parts of Illinois and Kentucky. We’ll get the high clouds courtesy of that system, but we will stay dry. Our high of 47 will be well below the average high of 58.

Election Day tomorrow starts of dry, but clouds rush in and light rain follows. We have a chance of up to 1/10″ of rain moving in as early as tomorrow afternoon and lingering into Wednesday morning. It won’t be heavy, but it could be inconvenient for any voters close to poll-closing time who many have to wait in lines outside.

We’ll stay dry through the rest of the week with a warming trend on the way. We could get close to 60 on Friday and we’ll surge into the mid 60s for the weekend.

Our Hoosier Pic today at noon is from Makayla Eicher who shared this pic of a 6-month-old super Colts fan! Share your pics here: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage?ref=hl or https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13?ref=ts&fref=ts

Have a good one!

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