It’s a wet start to our day in Indiana. Colder air arrives later this morning and temperatures will fall and the rain will change to snow. The change from rain to snow is forecast to happen for NW Indiana as early as noon. There will be a few hours of steady, wet snow. Snow totals from Indianapolis north are forecast in the range of 1-2 inches. Not only will we have rain, wet and snow but winds will gust in excess of 25 mph so drive with caution if you are out tonight.
Christmas Day will include a few flurries or snow showers early, with highs in the lower 30s. Overall, it looks like Christmas will be quiet and cool weatherwise.
Looks like we will warm a bit Friday and Saturday, with highs in the 40s. A few showers are possible late Friday and Saturday. Another round of colder arrives Sunday into Monday and a few snow showers are possible to end the weekend
We begin the day with wet pavement and with a few showers today, we will see temperatures jump to 52, 15 degrees above average.
The rain doesn’t stop there so be careful if you are traveling the next few days. It will still be warm enough for rain through early Wednesday and it will be breezy too. The colder air arrives Wednesday afternoon and the rain will change to snow. Light snow is in the forecast Christmas Eve through Christmas morning.
Some of our early estimates look for up to an inch of rain around Central Indiana by Christmas morning. The farther south you live, the less snow you’ll see.
Temperatures will be in the 30s on Christmas Day, but rebound back into the lower 40s on Friday. Friday will be cloudy, with a couple of showers possible. Another weather system is forecast to arrive this weekend, with rain late Saturday changing to snow early Sunday. Our weather pattern will be active over the next 7-10 days.
Keeping an eye on Skytrak Doppler 13 radar this morning. Showers will be moving in from the west later today. If you are driving to Chicago, expect about an inch of snow today. Take an umbrella as showers are possible by midday and more likely during the afternoon. Highs hit the low 40s this afternoon before the rain arrives and then temperatures fall tonight behind a cold front.
On the back side of the front, expect a chance for a little wintry mix coming off of Lake Michigan on Tuesday.
A slow moving upper level low will spin over the northeast for several days and influence our weather into Friday. This feature keeps clouds around and seasonably cold air around until next weekend. An early look at Saturday and Sunday look pretty good with highs above average.
We had areas of drizzle and freezing drizzle this morning, so expect some slick roads in the area for the early morning rush hour. Still, today we will be well above the freezing mark with an afternoon high of 40. The average high is 43 degrees.
This chill will linger through the start of the weekend. Highs on Thursday will be in the range of 35-40 degrees. Thursday will be dry, with a mix of clouds and sun. A wintry mix arrives early Friday. That wintry mix will change to rain Friday and the chance for rain continues into early Saturday. Highs on Friday and Saturday will be in lower 40s. We end the weekend dry and not as cold, with highs 45-50 degrees. It does appear that we cool back down into the upper 30s by Tuesday.
ON THIS DATE IN CENTRAL INDIANA WEATHER HISTORY
1873…The record for single day rainfall was set at 3.46″.
Do you still need the warm coat? Yes. Will you need it most of the week? Yes. We are going to be in a winter pattern the next few days but…a winter pattern without snow. The average high is 44 and we will be below that today but we’ll be right there Wednesday. The chill is back and it will last through end of the week. The average high is in the middle 40s and we will be close to that most of the week. As we mentioned, it will be mostly dry the next few days. A mix of clouds and sun is in the forecast for today through Thursday, with our next chance for rain Thursday night and Friday. High temperatures will be in the 40s on Wednesday, near 40 on Thursday and in the 40s on Friday. Looks like we’ll have another pretty decent weekend for this time of year. Both Saturday and Sunday, highs will be above average for this time of year.
We in Central Indiana have much to be thankful for and if you think about it, may be one of those things. Yes it is cold, but we haven’t had the slick, icy roads that have plagued the east coast. Overall, it will be a quiet next few days. Our highs on Thanksgiving Day will only reach the lower and middle 30s. If you are driving to see friends and family, most Indiana roads should be fine. We have had some light snow, but no accumulation so far. The big shopping day, Black Friday will be dry, with highs near 40 degrees.
We are tracking a holiday weekend warm-up that will bring temperatures into the range of 55-60 degrees on Saturday and Sunday. Most of Saturday will be dry, with the better chance for light rain arriving on Sunday.
THANKSGIVING HISTORY IN INDIANAPOLIS
Warmest: 69 in 1973
Coldest: 14 in 1930
Most Snow:2.4″ in 1902
Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.