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Be prepared for a wonderful day in Indiana today as we
keep temperatures right around 60 late today. Today and tomorrow will be the nicest days of the year so far. Also, today will be the first time over 60 since February 20th. Oddly
enough, despite the warm days we are tracking a storm
that could, at this point bring snow in late Tuesday
and early Wednesday.
Though uncertainty remains on storm track and
intensity, it does appear at least a few inches of snow
will be likely for the Indianapolis metro… with
possibly higher amount falling between Fort Wayne and
Indianapolis. We’re calling for the Indy Metro to get 1-2 inches while others
north could see 2-4 inches of snow. Stay tuned to WTHR for further updates.
It will be a cold night, with lows in the teens by early Wednesday morning. There is a weak weather system that will move across the northern half of the state on Wednesday, bringing clouds and the chance for a few flurries. From Indianapolis south, there will be morning sunshine and afternoon clouds. A few flurries are possible, but we are not expecting any snow accumulations on Wednesday.
The bigger story will be the warm-up on the way. Highs will be in the 30s for most of central Indiana on Wednesday and near 40 on Thursday. We are still expecting upper 40s and lower 50s by Friday.
Looking ahead to the weekend, there is a chance for a few showers on Saturday, with highs in the 40s. The weekend will not be a washout, with some sun and highs in the 40s to near 50 on Sunday. Even milder air arrives early next week, with highs in the middle 50s on Monday. There is a chance for rain on Tuesday.
After a high of 49 degrees Saturday afternoon, temperatures have dropped 16 degrees in just a few hours. The arctic front is moving into Indiana and this front will provide the cold air for our developing winter storm. The center of that storm is moving out of Colorado now and headed our way.
At 8pm, the roads are still dry. The chance for snow, sleet and freezing rain starts to increase later this evening especially after midnight. There are still questions about the track, available mositure and potential warm air with this winter storm, so there will be updates to amounts and precipitation type as we get new information. A winter storm warning is in effect for most of central Indiana until 7am Monday. It is a winter weather advisory for our northern viewing (north of Muncie and Crawfordsville).
The snow will start to fall in Lafayette, Kokomo, Marion and Hartford City first, in the next hour or 2. That steady snow will fall through mid-day Sunday, with 3-6 inches of snow expected. A wintry mix of sleet and snow will start to fall across the rest of central Indiana closer to 11pm or midnight. We expect that wintry mess to linger through early Sunday. Across our far southern viewing area (Bedford, North Vernon and Seymour) there will be some freezing rain to that may lead to ice accumulations early Sunday. There will be a transistion to all snow from north to south on Sunday. Where it stays all snow, we are expecting 5-8 inches. Locally higher amounts can’t be ruled out. For Bloomington and Columbus south, we have 3-6 inches of snow due to the potential of more sleet and freezing rain. If there is more snow, we may adjust your totals up. So stay tuned for udpates.
A winter storm warning is in effect for most of central Indiana from 7pm tonight through 7am Monday. It is a winter weather advisory for Lafayette, Kokomo, Marion, Hartford City and cities north. Light snow will start to fall north of Indianapolis around 7pm. The steadier snow, sleet and freezing rain will develop around 11pm.
We continue to track a complex developing winter storm. There is still enough moisture for 5-8 inches of snow for central Indiana. A few locally higher totals are possible. There are still several factors in question with this storm: track, warmer air above the surface and dry air north. There will still be some adjustments to the snowfall potential map, as we get more information but here is the latest.
3-6 inches of snow are possible in the advisory area including Lafayette, Kokomo, Marion, Peru and Hartford City. This is a bit lower, due to the potential of dry air wrapping into the system on the north side. We have 5-8 inches of snow for most of central Indiana including Indianapolis north to Tipton, Anderson and Muncie and south to Martinsville, Shelbyville and Rushville. There might be some sleet or freezing rain mixing with the snow especially later tonight and early Sunday. The southern part of our area is very tricky, due to the potential for more sleet and freezing rain mixing with the snow. We have totals in the range of 3-6 inches for Bloomington, Columbus, Bedford and Seymour. These totals will go higher if there is less ice and lower if there is more. Please stay tuned for updates. Be prepared for tricky travel late tonight through Monday morning. If you are on the go, take us with you… wthr.com or the SkyTrak13 Weather App for your phone.
The rain, sleet, freezing and snow are moving out of central Indiana. This slushy mess will re-freeze overnight and there will be some slick roads early Tuesday morning. Temperatures will be in the 20s to start the day, but get above freezing by late morning. Highs will be in the 40s for most of the area on Tuesday afternoon.
The melting will begin and last for much of the week. The melting will increase the low-level moisture and fog will become an issue Tuesday night and Wednesday. The issue on Thursday will be rain and the threat for storms. Some of the storms may produce heavy rain and damaging winds. With the heavy rain potential and the snow melt, flooding will also be a concern this week. We will keep you updated on this quickly changing weather pattern. Another change is forecast for the weekend, as highs drop back into the 30s. A few snow showers are also possible on Saturday.
It could be much worse. The winter storm along the east coast stretches from Atlanta to Boston and there are numerous flight cancellations at Indianapolis International. In fact, lots of cancellations to places like Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Philadelphia and all New York area airports. This morning, we will start with sunshine and end with increasing clouds. Forecast highs are in the 30s and above freezing for much of central Indiana.
The clouds that arrive later Thursday will be associated with our next chance for snow. Right now we have light snow in the Valentine’s Day forecast, mainly in the early morning. Some of the latest analysis shifts the steadiest snow south.
There is another chance for light snow later Saturday. It will be rain and not snow on Monday, with highs in the 40s. We should have several days in the 40s next week, as we finally make it out of the deep freeze.
TODAY: Partly sunny skies, warmer
Southeast winds 5-10 mph
TONIGHT: Partly cloudy, not as cold
Southwest wind 5-10
TOMORROW Cloudy, a chance for a bit of light snow in the early morning
THE EXTENDED FORECAST
SATURDAY: Cloudy, chance for light snow 26
SUNDAY: Partly sunny 32
MONDAY: Rain, warmer 43
Yikes! It is cold outside. Earlier this morning, many cities in our viewing area experienced the coldest morning of the season.
Take a look at these early morning lows…
Indy Airport -5
More sunshine is in the forecast, but it stays cold with highs in the teens. The average high is nearing 40 degrees. We will not get above average over the next 7 days, but the overall pattern won’t be as cold toward the end of the week. Highs reach the upper 20s and lower 30s starting Thursday.
Look for snow chances late Thursday, Friday and part of the day Saturday. Still, rain, not snow is likely Monday with a high of 40.
How we rank with winters the past 30 years for sub zero temperatures.
1983-84 15 sub zero days for the SEASON.
1985- 13 sub zero days for the year
2014 12 sub zero days for the year
A wind chill advisory is now in effect for much of central Indiana until 9am Tuesday, due to wind chills near -20. Take precautions from the cold. Your pets, home and friends in need will need extra attention. By 10pm Monday, temperatures were already below zero north of Indianapolis. It was 1 in Indianapolis, but the wind chill was -15.
Temperatures will fall into the range of -3 to -13 by early Tuesday morning. More sunshine is in the Tuesday forecast, with highs only in the teens. High temperatures rebound into the upper 20s and lower 30s by the end of the week and the weekend. We are also tracking a couple of light snow chances Friday and again Saturday night. We will keep you updated on any potential accumulations.