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Nov
16

Turning Snowy And Near Record Cold To Follow

Posted By · November 16, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Snow is falling in parts of Central Indiana and will continue to expand cover the area by 6-7pm.  Temperatures at this hour are above freezing and likely keep roadways wet until sunset.  Road conditions will get worse overnight as temperatures drop below freezing and snow intensity increases.

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A Winter Weather Advisory begins at 5pm for most of the WTHR viewing area and lasts until 9am Monday.  Winter Storm Warnings are up for southern-southeastern Indiana where snow amounts may approach 5″.

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If you or someone you know are going to the Colts game this evening expect to drive home in a snowy scene.  There may already be a few inches of snow on the ground and we’re still expecting around 3″ in the city before accumulation ends early Monday morning.

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The idea of the snow potential map below is a gradient of lightest to heaviest from northwest to southeast.  Please keep in mind the zones are not fences and there is fluctuation expected either north or south.  As with any snow event, there will always be places within a particular zone that see more or less than forecast.  3″ seems like a reasonable number for Indianapolis which would be the heaviest early season snowfall since November 13th, 1997 when 3.3″ fell.  Areas south of I-70/74 have the greatest potential to reach and/or exceed 4″ with a zone of 5″ potential just north of the Ohio River.  I’ll post updates later as needed.

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PLANNER MONDAY

A new surge of Arctic air blows into town Monday afternoon with falling temperatures into the lower 20s by 5pm.  That’s when wind chills drop into the single digits and mark a prolonged period of wind chills below 10 degrees.  Sub-zero wind chills are likely Tuesday morning and record cold temperatures are possible.

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The record low Tuesday morning (5 / 1880) and record cold high temperature (20/1880) will be rivaled due to the fresh snow pack and Arctic air.  Next weekend appears to be warmer but also much wetter.  For now it appears a wintry mix arrives Saturday then slowly changes to a cold rain.  Have a safe evening and check back for updates – Sean Ash

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Nov
16

November Snow Storm

Posted By · November 16, 2014 at 11:38 am

A winter storm is approaching central Indiana today and it will bring the first measurable snow of the season.  The timing of the storm has sped up a bit and it looks like it will arrive by late afternoon.    SUNDAY 3PM  sunday 5pm  SUNDAY 6PM sunday 9pm Monday 3am

The latest model runs have the heavier snow consistently falling south of I-70, including Bloomington to Columbus to Greensburg to Rushville line.  Here are some of the model data runs that we evaluate to make our forecast:

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While the models differ a bit, they are actually pretty consistent with the swath of heavier snow.  This is what the SkyTrak13 weather is forecasting for tonight’s/tomorrow’s snow:

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A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 5 PM today until 9 AM Monday.

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Be safe and give yourself plenty of time to travel Monday morning.  While it may not seem like a lot of snow, drivers are just not used to it yet. Much colder air filters in on Tuesday behind an Arctic front.  Record breaking temperatures are possible.

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Temperatures will eventually climb back to near 40 degrees by the end of the week.

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Nov
16

Snow Tonight, Bitter Cold Tuesday

Posted By · November 16, 2014 at 7:37 am

More significant snow will arrive tonight into Monday morning and record breaking temperatures are possible.

It will remain cloudy today with a few flurries through the early afternoon and snow showers will be likely by late afternoon. Temperatures will climb into the mid 30s.sunday planner

Snow will be steady Sunday evening into early Monday morning. It will taper off from northwest to southeast by mid morning Monday. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 5 PM Sunday through 9 AM Monday, including Indianapolis, Muncie, Crawfordsville, Richmond, Columbus, Bedford, Bloomington and Shelbyville. The main swath of heavier snow will be along a Bloomington to Columbus to Greensburg line and areas south. This area could see in excess of 2”-4”. Areas along I-70, including Indianapolis, could receive 2” to 3” of snow by Monday morning. Light accumulations will be in northwest central Indiana, including Lafayette, Delphi and Peru. Temperatures will fall into the mid 20s.

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Another shot of Arctic air will push in on Monday afternoon. Temperatures will climb into the upper 20s around noon and fall the rest of the day. Temperatures will be down into the low 20s by late afternoon. It will be breezy too with blowing and drifting snow likely.

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Temperatures will fall into the upper single digits and low teens Tuesday morning and only rebound into the low to mid 20s Tuesday afternoon. The record low for Tuesday is 5 degrees set in 1880 and the coldest high on record for Tuesday is 20 degrees, also set in 1880. These two records could be challenged.

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Temperatures will gradually warm into the mid to upper 30s by the end of the work week. A wintry mix of rain and snow will be possible on Friday.

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Nov
15

Light Snow Tonight, Another Round of Heavier Snow Sunday Night

Posted By · November 15, 2014 at 6:51 pm

Winter doesn’t officially arrive until December 21st but this unseasonably cold pattern will keep its grip on central Indiana. We will also see our first measurable snow this weekend.

Our first round of snow will be later this evening into early Sunday morning. We are not expecting much out of this first event but a dusting to a half inch will be possible. A few isolated spots could get up to one inch. It will still bring some slick roads to your Sunday morning routine. Temperatures will fall into the mid 20s.

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Sunday will be a cloudy day with scattered flurries likely and a high in the mid 30s. Snow showers could arrive as early as late afternoon and then will be likely by evening.
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Snow will be steady Sunday evening into early Monday morning. It will taper off from southwest to northeast by mid morning Monday. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 7 PM Sunday through 9 AM Monday, including Indianapolis, Muncie, Columbus, Bedford, Bloomington and Shelbyville. Temperatures will fall into the mid 20s.

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Another shot of Arctic air will push in on Monday afternoon with a high of only 30 degrees. It will be breezy and cold with blowing and drifting snow likely.

Temperatures will fall into the upper single digits and low teens Tuesday morning and only rebound into the low to mid 20s Tuesday afternoon. The record low for Tuesday is 5 degrees set in 1880 and the coldest high on record for Tuesday is 20 degrees, also set in 1880. These two records could be challenged.

Temperatures will gradually warm into the mid to upper 30s by the end of the work week. A wintry mix of rain and snow will be possible on Friday.

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Nov
15

Two Chances of Snow this Weekend

Posted By · November 15, 2014 at 7:48 am

The SkyTrak13 Weather Team has been tracking two chances of snow this weekend and even colder air to arrive next week. Clouds will increase through the afternoon with light winds out of the south. Temperatures will climb into the low 30s.

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Snow showers will develop after 8pm this evening, especially along and north of I-70. By Sunday morning, a half to one inch of snow accumulation will be possible. Temperatures will fall into the mid 20s.

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Sunday will be cloudy with a few flurries around during the day. Afternoon highs will climb into the mid 30s.

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The next system will push in on Sunday night. This one is stronger and has more moisture to work with. There is still more confidence that the heavier band of snow will develop along and south of I-70. That said, the latest computer data model runs are moving the track a bit farther north and that means that Indianapolis has a better chance of seeing the heavier snow band set up over the city. We will continue to tweak this forecast all weekend long as this system is still taking shape. By Monday morning, two to three inches of snow will be possible with lighter accumulations of one to two inches in northwest central Indiana, including Lafayette, Kokomo, and Peru.

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Another surge of cold air will arrive by Tuesday where temperatures will struggle to climb into the mid 20s!

A wintry mix of rain and snow looks possible on Friday as slightly warmer air starts to work back in.

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Nov
14

Two Chances For Snow This Weekend

Posted By · November 14, 2014 at 4:08 pm
The SkyTrak13 Weather Team continues to track and unusually cold weather pattern for the middle of November.  The weather pattern will turn snowy this weekend, with 2 chances for snow.

It will be a dry, but cold Friday night with lows in the upper teens and lower 20s.  Saturday starts dry, with some sun.  Clouds arrive Saturday afternoon and high temperatures are forecast in the lower 30s.

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The first of 2 chances for snow arrives Saturday night.  Light snow will arrive later Saturday night and linger through early Sunday.  Right now we are forecasting around an inch of snow.  Here is the timing for round 1.

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There is another chance for snow Sunday night through Monday morning.  This will be the stronger of the 2 weekend weather systems, with higher snowfall potential.  Most of the latest analysis shows this weather system a little farther south.  With a more southern track, the steadiest snow will fall farther south.  Right now we are forecasting the best chance for another couple of inches of snow for the southern half of Indiana.  If the track shifts back north, so will the chance for more accumulating snow farther north.  This is one of those weekends that you will want to check back with us for updates on timing and how much snow will fall.  Here is a look at the snowfall potential map for Sunday night through Monday morning.  We are expecting 1-2 inches north of Indianapolis and 2-3 inches for the southern half of the state.  Don’t focus on the exact numbers yet.  There will be changes, as we get new information.  You do need to know that travel could be tricky late Sunday night and Monday morning, with the potential for 1-3 inches of snow for parts of our area.

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Here is the timing with FutureTrak13.

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The snow chances end early Monday, but the chill will last through much of next week, with the coldest day on Tuesday.  Highs will only be in the 20s on Tuesday and there will be a couple of mornings Tuesday and Wednesday with lows in the lower and middle teens.

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Nov
14

November To January

Posted By · November 14, 2014 at 5:29 am
  The calendar says fall but the weather says winter!. It’s another cold morning in Indiana and our frigid pattern will continue

It will be cold, with lows in the 20s and highs in the lower 30s. This chill continues into the weekend too. Tonight, if you’re headed to high school football , bring a blanket. It will be in the 20s for most of our high school games. Remember, the Pacers play Denver in a nice warm Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The weekend forecast is tricky with 2 rounds of snow. This will be the first accumulating snow. The first round will arrive Saturday evening. We are expecting around an inch of snow on the ground by noon Sunday. The next round of snow arrives later Sunday night, perhaps during the Sunday Night matchup between the Colts and Patriots and will last into Monday. This system has the potential for several inches of snow. We are still fine tuning where the steadiest snow will fall, so stay tuned for updates.

A blast of even colder air arrives early next week, with lows in the middle teens Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Nov
13

Snowy and Cold Pattern Through the Weekend

Posted By · November 13, 2014 at 10:09 pm
Live Doppler 13 Radar continued to show flurries and a few steadier bursts of light snow late Thursday evening.  Those steadier bursts may lead to a quick coating of snow.  The flurries and snow showers are moving SE.  It is cold too, with temperatures in the 20s.  The chance for flurries will linger overnight and into Friday.  It will be cold, with lows in the 20s and highs in the lower 30s.  This chill continues into the weekend too.  Here is your Friday forecast.
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The weekend forecast is tricky with 2 rounds of snow.  This will be the first accumulating snow.  The first round will arrive Saturday evening.  We are expecting around an inch of snow on the ground by noon Sunday.  The next round of snow arrives later Sunday night and will last through Monday.  This system has the potential for several inches of snow, but the track is still uncertain for the end of the weekend.  We are still fine tuning where the steadiest snow will fall, so stay tuned for updates.   Here is the timing of the first round of snow with FutureTrak13.

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A blast of even colder air arrives early next week, with lows in the middle teens Tuesday and Wednesday.

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