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Central Indiana had one of its coldest mornings of the winter. Record lows happened all across the state from -6 in Indianapolis to -18 in Columbus.
Sunshine proved to be deceiving again with afternoon temperatures in the lower to middle 20s. Unfortunately it never felt that warm due to blustery southwest wind that’s gusting up to 25-35mph. Snow bursts remain possible this evening and overnight with the arrival of our latest Arctic front.
Temperatures near single digits Wednesday morning with wind chills near zero. Not as harsh as the past few days, but certainly significantly below normal for late February.
Highs tomorrow return to the mid-20s with morning sun giving way to increase in cloud cover.
A clipper system brings a return to snow, albeit light, Wednesday night into the Thursday morning commute. A fluffy 1 to 2 inches is possible and it comes at a bad time. With temperatures in the lower teens tomorrow night we’re anticipating a slick commute Thursday morning. We’ll update the next 24 hours.
More record temperatures may fall later this week. The record cold “high” Thursday (11/1963) and Friday (17/1934)… and the record low Friday (-7/1963) and Saturday (2/1993) are all in jeopardy. This continues the theme of our frigid February… which will be one of the coldest in Central Indiana since the late 1970s.
Long range guidance today comes in with a colder solution in regards to the weekend system we’re following. This would up the ante for a wintry mix and/or snow to bring in March on Sunday. Stay tuned for updates – Sean Ash
What a start to our day. At one point the temperature dropped to -5 in Indianapolis and -15 below in Crawfordsville. As expected, many school districts are starting late today and tonight. For some towns and cities, this is a record cold morning. Take precautions from the cold overnight and early Tuesday.
High temperatures rebound quickly into the mid 20s today. There is a chance for late day snow showers today but we aren’t expecting any accumulation. There is another chance for light snow Wednesday evening into Thursday. Another round of arctic air will follow for the end of the week. Highs on Thursday and Friday will only be in the teens and lows will go below zero again Friday morning.
The weekend looks interesting and….a little warmer. Right now there is a chance for a wintry mix changing to rain on Sunday. The rain will change back to snow on Monday. We will keep you updated on the timing and the type of precipitation, as we get closer to the weekend.
Sunshine was certainly deceiving today in Central Indiana with afternoon highs between 20 and 25 degrees below normal for late February. The clouds and steadier wind that saved the region from record lows last night will not be around this evening.
As a result temperatures should quickly plummet after sunset and many locations will be in single digits by 8pm.
Due to 10+ degree temperature bust we had last night (and this afternoon) we’re being conservative forecast lows tonight. Though frigid… the numbers on the map are below are being “modeled” significantly colder by recent hi-resolution output. Please note changes are possible by the 11pm news and Angela Buchman will adjust accordingly.
Either way tonight and Tuesday morning are bitter. Since temperatures are already 10 to 15 colder than 24 hours ago, it appears the record low in Indianapolis (-2 / 1990) stands a decent chance of falling tonight. We have a forecast low of -3 for the city with wind chills tomorrow morning back in the -10 to -20 range. Not a pleasant start at the bus stop or walking into work.
Afternoon highs tomorrow shoot into the mid and upper 20s courtesy of a blustery southwest wind that gusts to nearly 25-30mph. Morning sunshine gives way to clouds with the possibility of flurries and snow showers with an Arctic front by sunset.
This front reinforces the already colder than normal conditions and paves the way for what may end being Indianapolis’ coldest February on record since 1979. This month likely ends in the Top 5 coldest Februaries on record and may surpass February of 2007 for 3rd place.
The week finishes with near record cold “highs” Thursday and Friday. The weekend begins bitter but finishes warmer, and wetter with a wintry mix/cold rain likely Sunday to begin March. Stay tuned for updates – Sean Ash
Temperatures Sunday peaked in the upper 20s and that’s as warm as we’ll be until Tuesday afternoon. Temperatures tonight likely shatter record low levels for Monday’s date. Our Indianapolis forecast low is -6 and the record is -1 set in 1889.
The northerly wind coming off Lake Michigan occasionally produces scattered flurries and snow showers. A few slick spots are likely in any heavier showers that develop.
A Wind Chill Advisory begins at midnight for all of Central Indiana and we anticipate wind chills Monday morning in the -10 to -20 range. “Highs” tomorrow will struggle to hit double digits and will be some 30 degrees below normals for late February.
“Highs” tomorrow will struggle to hit double digits and will be some 30 degrees below normals for late February.
The frigid finish tomorrow sets the stage for another record-breaking night. Lows Tuesday morning shatter records with forecast lows in the -5 to locally -20 range. Highs Tuesday return to the 20s but comes with a blustery southwest wind too.
Another Arctic front passes the region Wednesday to deliver near record temperatures Thursday and Friday. Long range guidance suggests a warmer set up next weekend and possibly a very wet Sunday. Stay tuned for updates this week – Sean Ash
A few flurries will be possible today, otherwise, a dry and cold pattern will take shape.
A Wind Chill Advisory goes into effect tonight at midnight and will continue until 9am. Temperatures will crash to 6 below zero on Monday morning.
Wind chill values will be running 15 to 24 below zero. Over 100 year old record lows will be threatened Monday and Tuesday morning.
Monday will be a brutally cold day with temperatures only climbing into the upper single digits.
Tuesday will be slightly warmer but blustery with highs in the mid 20s.
A cold front will push in on Tuesday night, ushering in another shot of bitter cold air. Frigid conditions will continue through the work week.
There is a chance of snow showers on Saturday as temperatures finally climb back into the upper 20s.
All warnings have been cancelled and the snow has come to an end. Many areas in central Indiana received 4” to 7” of snow today.
Here are a few fun tweets from today, having fun with the snow.
A few flurries are possible tonight with mostly cloudy skies. Temperatures will fall into the upper teens by Sunday morning.
As an Arctic high pressure moves in, temperatures will only climb into the low 20s by late morning and then fall the rest of the day. It will be mostly cloudy Sunday with winds gusting up to 20 mph.
Temperatures will continue to tumble into Monday morning. Over 100 year old records could be broken Monday morning as temperature plunge to 8 below zero. The record low for Indianapolis on Monday is -1 set back in 1889. Lows on Tuesday morning have a chance to be broken as well.
The rest of the work week will be bitter cold with temperatures running more than 20 degrees below average. The Skytrak13 Weather Team is also tracking another chance of snow on Saturday.
Winter Storm Warning in effect until for most of central Indiana until 7pm tonight.
Most of the heaviest snow from this storm system has moved across central Indiana with many areas picking up 4” to 6” of snow so far. There will be a lull in the snow activity for some areas this morning with another lighter round of snow expected by late morning continuing through early afternoon. We are expecting 5” to 7” of snow along the I-70 corridor today with higher amounts possible in southeastern Indiana, including Greensburg, Bloomington, Columbus and Seymour. That area has the potential of receiving more than 7” of snow, depending on how much sleet mixes in with the snow. Otherwise, that area is in the 5” to 7” of snow range. Areas north of Indianapolis, from a Crawfordsville – Tipton – Marion line are in the 2” to 5” snow range. Today will be the best bet on shoveling your drive way and sidewalks as temperatures climb into the low 30s.
Snow will move out of the area by late afternoon with a few flurries possible. It will be cloudy with temperatures falling into the mid teens. Temperatures will fall throughout the afternoon with wind chill values in the single digits.
Bitter cold Arctic air returns for the work week with the potential of a couple of old records to be broken. Temperatures are forecast to fall to 8 below zero Monday morning. The record for Monday is 1 below zero set back in 1889. Another over 100 year record could be broke on Tuesday morning too. While the pattern will be cold next week, it does look quiet.
Many of you are waking up to at least 4″ of snowfall this morning, with several mores to go. Officially the National Weather Office is up to 4.1″… marking the city’s heaviest snowfall since Valentine’s Day of 2014 (5.5″).
Based on radar trends, and what’s already fallen, we’ve upped the snowfall forecast in southern Indiana to reflect to lack of sleet up to this point. Bottom line is that a big chunk of the viewing area will receive between 5″ and 7″… with locally heavier amounts very likely.
Snowfall rates should taper area wide by 8am with a secondary surge of snow anticipated late morning into early afternoon. By then temperatures should be in the upper 20s and lower 30s and salt will be much more effective. However this morning roadways are snow covered and very slick. Travel will be challenging until snow rates ease and the sun comes up.
Snowfall ends by 5pm this afternoon and the focus shifts to more record-breaking cold next week. Kelly Greene and I are on air from 6am to 10am this morning, with cut-ins during the Today Show from 7am-8am. Be safe – Sean Ash