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Cold April Day Ahead

Posted By · April 15, 2014 at 4:09 am

I know we’re ready for the snow to get out of here, but this light accumulation was the first measurable April snow since 2001!  A forecast high of 40 degrees would tie the record low high temp from 1928.

Winds will gust up to 25mph today out of the northwest, so our high of 40 will feel cooler.

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Temps this morning are running 30+ degrees colder than yesterday morning.

Tonight temps fall into the 20s.

A warm up begins as early as tomorrow with highs in the 50s, and the 60s coming by Thursday.

Rain chances move in Friday, and become isolated by the weekend.

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Rain Changing To Snow

Posted By · April 14, 2014 at 9:46 pm

By the late evening hours of Monday, temperatures had dropped into the 30s.  We are starting to get reports of the rain mixing with sleet in Westfield and Brownsburg.  The change from rain and sleet to snow will happen overnight, as temperatures fall into the upper 20s and lower 30s.  Any accumulations of snow will be minor and mostly on grassy areas or a rooftop or 2.


Tuesday will be dry, but very cold for the middle of April.  Highs are only forecast in the upper 30s and lower 40s.  To put this in perspective, the average low is 42 degrees.  If you have sensitive plants and flowers that you want to protect, it would be a good idea to cover them tonight and tomorrow night.


We do get a break from this unusual chill by mid-week.  Highs return to the 50s on Wednesday and the 60s on Thursday.  Rain chances return for the end of the week.  We will keep you updated on the timing for Friday and the weekend.  Right now we have highs forecast in the range of 55-60 degrees for Friday through Easter Sunday.  Some of the latest analysis hints at a warmer air mass, so we might get to bump the forecast temperatures up.


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Rain Changes To Period Of Slushy Snow For Some Tonight

Posted By · April 14, 2014 at 1:49 pm

Here comes the cold.  The transition from summer-ish 70s this past weekend and while you were sleeping, to winter-like lows in the 20s tonight will be accompanied by a period of wet snow in central Indiana.


Periods of gusty rain showers continue into the afternoon as temperatures slide into the lower/middle 40s by 5pm behind the passage of a cold front at midday today.

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Colder air aloft catches up with residual moisture behind the front, and we’re expecting a transition from rain to wet snow between the hours of 9pm and 12am… with potential for an axis of moderate/heavy snow to pivot through central Indiana between 12am and 5am.


The ground will likely be warm enough to melt most snow, however some areas may see a minor slushy/grassy accumulation where it snows hard enough to overcome that warm layer.  Latest modeling suggests the eastern half of the state has the best “potential” for this slushy accumulation.  Snow in April is not totally unusual with Indianapolis averaging .20″ for the month.  But the last “measurable” April snow in the city was 2001… and that streak may end tonight.  The jolting shot of cold air may become the bigger story.


Though not record-breaking , lows tonight and Wednesday morning will be in the 20s with a widespread frost/hard freeze Wednesday morning.  The record low “maximum” is 40 degrees Tuesday and will be rivaled in many areas.


This will be a 36 hour window of chilly air before sun and warmer temps return after Wednesday morning.  Thursday is our “pick of the week” with sunshine and mid-60s… and this precedes our next round of rain that arrives Friday afternoon and evening.  Have a great day!


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Chilly Change Accompanied By Some Snow Showers Monday Night

Posted By · April 13, 2014 at 4:56 pm

We’re capping off the warmest weekend of the year with filtered sun and highs in the 70s.  The shelf life on dry weather is set to expire after dark, as a  band of rain and gusty storms arrives around or shortly after midnight in western Indiana.  This wave of of storms will move across central Indiana between 1-4am, with perhaps another wave arriving toward sunrise Monday.

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Though we’re not anticipating widespread severe weather, a localized severe gust (>= 58mph) is a possibility.  Balmy air remains in place overnight and you’ll wake up to temperatures in the 60s.

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However, the passage of a cold front late morning/early afternoon opens the gates to unseasonably cold air.  Expect temperatures in the upper 30s/lower 40s by 5pm and rain will mix with and change to snow Monday night into pre-dawn Tuesday morning.


Accumulation is not expected, but this will certainly be a jolt to the system after this weekend.  Lows Tuesday morning will be in the 20s and highs will struggle to return to the 40s.  A widespread frost/freeze appears likely Wednesday morning as clouds clear and the wind diminishes.


But this also marks a turning point, as the air mass quickly modifies and temperatures return to normal Thursday.  Have a great evening.


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So how did you enjoy arguably the best weather day of 2014 thus far?  After a long, cold and snowy winter… sun and upper 70s is just what the doctor ordered!  You can’t write a better weather script for the inaugural home match of the Indy Eleven this evening at Carroll Stadium.  Enjoy and please scream loud and proud for me too!



Courtesy of steady southwest wind, we’re in store for a repeat temperature performance Sunday.  Though the sky may not be as bright tomorrow due to cloud debris from upstream thunderstorms.

That balmy breeze will keep temperatures near 60 degrees for lows tonight.  That’s a good 20 degrees above normal.  Highs return to the upper 70s Sunday before a new batch of rain and storms arrive late tomorrow night into Monday morning.



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Monday will be a day of transition, from spring temperatures in the 60s to the upper 30s Monday afternoon.  Don’t’ be surprised to see some wet snowflakes mixing in with the rain as colder air aloft pivots across central Indiana.

Highs Tuesday will struggle into the mid-40s before air mass modification kicks in mid-week and we get back to normal Thursday.  Have a great evening.

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Weekend Forecast

Posted By · April 11, 2014 at 4:32 pm

The weekend is here and there are lots of local activities from Race for the Cure to the first Indy Eleven soccer game.  Our Indianapolis Indians are also at Victory Field.  Here is the good news…the weather will be warm for any of your outdoor activities this weekend.  Highs will be in the middle and upper 70s on Saturday and Sunday.


As that push of warmer air arrives on Saturday, a stray shower might develop.  We are only expecting to have 1 or 2 show up on the radar maybe Saturday afternoon.  Don’t cancel any weekend plans.  Most of the weekend will be dry, with a mix of clouds and sun.

We are tracking a developing storm system for the end of the weekend and early next week.  This will bring the threat for heavy rain and a few storms to central Indiana late Sunday night and Monday.

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Highs will be in the 60s on Monday, but that will happen early in the day with temperatures falling into the 40s by later in the day Monday.

The rain moves out, but it will be cooler on Tuesday with highs only in the range of 45-50 degrees.  This chill only lasts one day, as temperatures rebound into the 50s close to 60 degrees by Wednesday.

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Weekend Event Forecast

Posted By · April 11, 2014 at 3:37 pm

There are lots of outdoor events this weekend.  They kick-off with the Indianapolis Indians at Victory Field on Friday night.  The first pitch is at 7:15.  Temperatures will be in the lower 60s to start and in the upper 50s by the ninth inning.


The Race for the Cure is Saturday morning and the weather is going to be perfect and you still have time to register.  The activities begin around 7am, with temperatures in the 40s.  It will be a quick climb into the 50s by 9am.  It will be in the 60s before noon on Saturday, with highs forecast in the 70s.


The first Indy Eleven Soccer game is Saturday night and again the weather looks warm and dry for outdoor plans.  Temperatures will be in the upper 60s and lower 70s for most of the game Saturday evening.

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Rain Overnight

Posted By · April 10, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Showers and a few thundershowers are in the forecast through early Friday morning.  The steadiest rain will end by about 4am.  A few lingering showers are possible across the southern third of the state through about 7am Friday.  The rest of Friday will be dry, with highs in the 60s.


70 degree warmth returns for the weekend.  We are forecasting 74 on Saturday and 76 degrees on Sunday.  The weather will be great for your outdoor plans.  The Race for the Cure is downtown on Saturday morning and there is still time to register.  Enjoy the weekend because more rain and cold air arrive early next week.



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