40 degrees has never felt so fine! For the first time since January 15th temperatures climbed above freezing with decent sunshine.
Clouds increase some tonight and combined with a persistent southwest wind helps keep temperatures about 10 to 15 degrees warmer than this morning.
Expect readings in the mid to upper 20s out the door Monday morning. We’ll enjoy at least some partial sunshine early tomorrow before cloud increase. A quick-moving storm system brings wind-whipped rain into Central Indiana mainly after sunset tomorrow as a cold front sweeps across the state.
Colder air returns behind the front Tuesday with flurries, snow showers and highs near freezing. Seasonably cold air lingers into Wednesday with flurries. Current modeling suggests will be on the warmer side of several clipper-type systems later in the week. As a result highs should near 40 degrees Thursday and Friday.
We’re still calling for highs near or above 50 degrees next Saturday, but please note it’s accompanied by strong southwesterly wind – Sean Ash
How did you enjoy our warmest day in a week? Highs reached 30 degrees and higher over much of Central Indiana… the warmest readings since last Saturday. As expected the brisk wind made it feel much cooler though.
Expect a mostly clear evening before low clouds increase again overnight into Sunday morning. We’ll begin tomorrow in the upper teens but with a calmer wind. Clouds decrease early Sunday and much of the day is filled with sunshine. The combination of the bright sky and a southwest wind produces even warmer highs in the upper 30s to near 40 degrees!
A quick moving weather system brings rain into Central Indiana Monday afternoon but not before highs climb into the 40s. Rain may change to a brief period of snow early Tuesday morning but we’re not expecting any accumulation at this point.
After seasonably cold air the middle of next week, temperatures climb to well above normal levels Friday into next Saturday. In fact we could see the first 50 degree day since January 14th. Stay tuned!
Meanwhile the historic blizzard continues to drop heavy snow, coastal flooding and strong wind in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Snowfall totals are already in the 12-24″ range and likely end up in the 18-30″+ zone for a large chunk of the northeast before this storm exits by noon Sunday.
As anticipated we dodged significant impacts from the historic winter storms that’s in progress from Kentucky to the East Coast. We’ll continue to experience a steady diet of northeasterly wind that keeps wind chills in the single digits and teens.
Snowfall totals with this storm are already impressive with a band of 10″+ snow across central and southern Kentucky. Totals in this band essentially doubled what Indianapolis has had since the beginning of the meteorological winter on December 1st.
Significant travel impacts expected east and southeast where Blizzard Warnings are up from the DC area to New York City. Snow totals over 24″ seem rather likely in DC with 12″-18″+ totals in Philly to NYC. This will be crippling and excessive wind causes serious beach erosion, coastal flooding and halts air travel. It’s best to sit this one out until it moves off-shore late weekend.
Thick overcast hangs tough this evening but has more bark than bite. Though some light lake effect flurries or light snow showers remain possible until eventually become more northerly and we lose the fetch of Lake Erie.
The brisk wind here eases Saturday afternoon and we’ll see temperatures nearing 30 degrees tomorrow. It will take some patience, but highs Sunday near 40 degrees toward sunset. Our chance at precipitation arrives Monday afternoon in the form of rain and not snow. But the rain changes to snow Monday night into Tuesday morning. Be safe this evening – Sean Ash
Another seasonably cold January day in the books with highs in the mid to upper 20s. We continue to monitor the development of what will become a historic winter storm for the Mid-Atlantic states.
Central Indiana dodges the heavy snow bullet from this storm, but cities as far north as Bloomington, Columbus, and Greensburg may see some snow Friday evening. 1-3″ is possible in the aforementioned cities but confidence is low due to an expected sharp north-to-south snow gradient.
Chances of snow increase exponentially traveling toward the Ohio River where Winter Storm Warnings are in effect. Just 5-15 miles will separate flurries from back-breaking snow amounts. Travel is definitely not advised tomorrow and Saturday south of the Ohio River and toward the Mid-Atlantic where Blizzard Warnings are in effect for the D.C. area into New York City.
This storm likely creates a ripple air travel effect for Indianapolis International. In fact as of Thursday evening American Airlines has alread canceled flights into Dulles, Reagan, Baltimore and other northeast airports tomorrow.
Please check with your air carrier prior to departure. We’ll also get a blustery wind undercutting overcast tomorrow and Saturday morning. Otherwise most areas remain precip-free until Monday evening when rain showers ramp up. Have a good evening – Sean Ash
For Hoosiers in Central Indiana under the ages of 15-20 at the time this was a weather event they had never experienced. For those old enough, this power house winter storm brought back memories of the good ole winters of the late 70s and early 80s.
On Sunday January 5th, 2014 a strengthening, moisture-laden low pressure system interacted with southward plunging Arctic cold front. The combination delivered a swath of heavy snowfall in Central and Northern Indiana and Indianapolis’ second snowiest calendar day on record. The 11.4″ snow that day is one of only six days on record with double-digit snowfall in the city and was the heaviest daily snow since the Blizzard of 1978.
What made this event even more notable was the bitterly cold air that followed…. the coldest air Hoosiers had felt since 1994. Temperatures got as low as -15 in Indianapolis and stayed below zero a whopping 34 straight hours. Wind chills were legitimately dangerous and hovered in the -30 to -40 range for 30 straight hours.
This actually falls behind several other historical Arctic air outbreaks in Central Indiana according the graph below provided by National Weather Service Indianapolis. (NWS Indy did a great post-storm analysis you should give a click to: http://www.weather.gov/ind/jan52014snowandcold)
Nonetheless these extreme conditions forced then Indianapolis Mayor Ballard to declare a travel ban in the city for two straight days.
My drive to work the morning after on January 6th was strikingly eerie and beautiful. I remember there being no cars and hardly any people outside. I literally stopped in the middle of Meridian Street to snap pictures for documentation of the barren city under the grips of a bitter cold punch. It truly was dumbfounding.
The Arctic air and deep snow pack created several sightings of sun dogs, stuck snow plows, and one picture a viewer titled “sn-ocean” due the rolling drifts. Another vivid memory of mine was seeing just one runway open at the Indianapolis International Airport two days after the first flake. My family were lucky enough to be on one of the handful of flights to make it out on January 7th. Seeing the plow’s daunting task and sea of white from above are images that remain fresh.
A storm for the ages no doubt and who knows when we’ll see another like it.