Warmest In Over A Week

40 degrees has never felt so fine!  For the first time since January 15th temperatures climbed above freezing with decent sunshine.

HEADLINES TONIGHT PLANNER

Clouds increase some tonight and combined with a persistent southwest wind helps keep temperatures about 10 to 15 degrees warmer than this morning.

RPM MORNING MORNING PLANNER

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.

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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.

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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

Even Warmer Day Ahead Sunday

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.

HIGHS TODAY PLANNER EVENING RPM SUNDAY MORNING

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!

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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.

RPM MONDAY EVENING MONDAY PLANNER

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!

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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.

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Historic East Coast Blizzard But Warmer Weekend Here

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.

INDY SNOW

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.

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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.

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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.

PLANNER MORNING SATURDAY AFTERNOON

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

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Central Indiana Dodges Heavy Snow Bullet

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.

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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.

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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.

SNOW EAST COAST WARNINGS WARNINGS 2 NE SNOW

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.

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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

 

Update To Snowy, Slick Start

The snow arrived right on cue earlier this morning and continues the next few hours.  Though it’s not saying much, this will be Indy’s snowiest day since last March with the National Weather Service approaching 2″ and much of Central Indiana expected to finish in the 2-3″ range.

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As expected areas south-southwest of I-70 are already over 3″ and some locations down state may near 5″ before the snow ends later this morning.  Temperatures in the teens mean roads will be slick and school delays are starting to ramp up.  Click here for the complete list of delays and/or cancellations.

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Snow finishes before midday but clouds and chilly conditions linger into the afternoon… though highs do climb into the mid-20s.  Stay safe this morning and remember to share pictures and snow reports on Twitter, Facebook or wthr.com.  Thanks – Sean Ash

Snowy Commute Wednesday Morning

Sunshine today is gone tomorrow!  The bright sky this afternoon only pushes daytime highs into the mid and upper teens but we’ll stay snow-free for evening travel.

HEADLINES PLANNER EVENING PLANNER TONIGHT 8PM EVENING

Snow reaches western Indiana by 1am and should be in the Indy metro area by 3am.  Expect a snowy morning commute tomorrow and definitely plan on adding time to your drive.  We’re also advising parents to have a backup plan for childcare with the potential for school delays and/or cancellations tomorrow.  Please check out Chuck Lofton for the latest beginning at 4am and you can find the delay/cancellation list here.

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We’ve only slightly adjusted our snow forecast.  Much of Central Indiana gets 1″ to 3″ between 12am and midday tomorrow.  The greatest chance of amounts exceeding 3″ are expected well south of I-70.  Please note that even light snow will make roadways slick due to temperatures in the teens.  Winter Weather Advisories are up for the cities of Terre Haute, Bloomington, Columbus, Seymour and Bedford and within our 3″ to 5″ snow zone.

SNOW FORECAST ADVISORY PLANNER AFTERNOON RPM FRIDAY

Snow wraps up quickly by the afternoon and temperatures gradually climb into the lower and mid 20s.  Latest computer model guidance continues to advertise a potentially stronger winter storm Thursday night into Friday around the Ohio Valley.  It’s still much too early for specifics, but heavy precipitation seems likely and a band of heavy snow (>=6″) with some icing remains in play for southern Indiana.  We stress that it’s merely potential and there’s a great deal of uncertainty within model guidance.  It could completely miss our viewing area or dump decent snow for some.  Greater confidence exists on a high impact event for the Mid-Atlantic states into the northeast.

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This storm may ultimately cause significant travel issues heading into the weekend.  You’re advised to check back for updates – Sean Ash

From Bitter Cold To Snowy Set Up Mid-Week

Frigid conditions steal the weather headlines the next 18 hours with wind chills parked below zero during that time.  This means kids returning to school Tuesday morning will have to layer up properly and expect bitter conditions into midday tomorrow.  A mix of sun and clouds accompanies the cold tomorrow before we focus on the advertised mid-week snow-maker.

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We continue to target the hours between 12am-4pm Wednesday for snow… some of which falls moderately during the morning commute that day.  Though subject to change, forecast snow amounts at this time for the Indy metro area are in the 2-4″ range.  Lowest amounts occur north and higher amounts potentially up to 5″ are possible from Bloomington-Columbus southward to the Ohio River.  Please note that even light snow will make roadways slick due to the early morning timing and temperatures in the teens.

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Snow wraps up quickly Wednesday afternoon but cloud cover hangs tough during the 48 hours that follow.  Overcast would help minimize the cooling effects of the fresh snow and is the reason we’re only forecasting lows in the teens.  However a clearer sky results in significantly colder temperatures and we’ll need to monitor for changes in the days ahead.

A potentially stronger system, but with much more uncertainty, arrives Thursday night into Friday.  The trusted European model keeps the southern half of Indiana in play for accumulating, wind-whipped snow late week.  You’ll definitely want to check back for updates as much will change in the track/intensity of this yet to develop system.  Have a safe evening – Sean Ash

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Bitter Cold Tonight And More Snow On The Way

Like it or not harsh winter conditions are here to stay.  The remnants of 1-3″ snowfall from this morning combined with stiff northwesterly wind and snow showers keep roads slick and dangerous this evening.  Though any additional accumulation will be minor it will be plenty to in the sub-freezing air to glaze the roads.

TEMPS WIND CHILL PLANNER

Compared to Saturday’s near 50 degree high… it feels over 50 degrees colder due to wind chills below zero.  Expect bitter wind chills to linger all night long and the Monday morning commute.  Not a very pleasant start at the bus stop.  Low temperatures tonight drop to near zero, if not below, in areas of the deepest snow pack.

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Our next snow-maker quickly arrives late Monday night into Tuesday as a clipper system races in from the northwest.  Our initial forecast is for many areas to see 1-2″ of high ratio snow… with areas of 3″ possible.  We’ll fine tune specific locations for the heaviest amounts in the next 24 hours.

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WEDNESDAY WIND CHILL

This system drops another shot of bitter cold wind chills Wednesday morning in the -5 to -15 range and lows area wide near zero.  The cold eases late week but precipitation chances increase heading into next weekend.  Wintry mix changing to snow seems likely but much too early for any more specifics than that.  Please use caution traveling tonight – Sean Ash

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Rain Tonight And Snowy This Sunday

January days don’t come much finer than the sun and 50 degrees highs we enjoyed today.  Hopefully you had a chance to soak up some sun as it’s likely our brightest day for awhile.

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Clouds increase this evening and showers increase after midnight.  We’re expecting a wet Friday morning commute with temperatures in the mid to upper 30s.  When the precipitation begins, it may cold enough east-northeast of Indy to support either sleet or some freezing rain.  We’ll monitor in the morning but at this point we don’t envision any major issues.

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A second piece of upper energy enters the Ohio Valley Saturday afternoon and intensifies into a respectable low pressure system.  Colder air on the backside of this storm changes rain to wind-whipped from west to east Saturday night into Sunday morning.  Subject to change… but the changeover should occur in western Indiana between 2-3am and 5-7am in the Indy metro area.

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Also subject to change is our initial 1″ or less snow accumulation for Indianapolis.  The earlier changeover farther west-northwest puts snow totals in the 1-3″ range from Crawfordsville-Lafayette to Kokomo-Peru.  With the snow comes strong wind and gusts of 40 to possibly 50mph.  Temperatures should fall most of the day Sunday and wind chills drop into the lower single digits by sunset.  Please check back for updates and expect challenging travel on Sunday – Sean Ash

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2 Year Anniversary Of January 5th, 2014 Heavy Snow And Bitter Cold

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.

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JANUARY 2014 SNOW STORM SNOWDEPTH MAP

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.

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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)

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Nonetheless these extreme conditions forced then Indianapolis Mayor Ballard to declare a travel ban in the city for two straight days.

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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.

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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.

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A storm for the ages no doubt and who knows when we’ll see another like it.