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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.
A wind chill advisory is in effect for the northern half of Indiana through noon Friday. This includes: Indianapolis, Lafayette, Frankfort, Kokomo, Crawfordsville, Anderson, Muncie and Terre Haute. Wind chills will be in the range of -15 to -25. It will be a frigid start to Friday, as lows are forecast 0 to -10. There will be sunny skies on Friday, but highs will only be in the range of 15-20 degrees.
Clouds will increase Friday night and snow chances return on Saturday. The steadiest snow should fall from Saturday through Sunday morning. Right now a couple of inches of snow are possible.
The forecast stays cold and snowy next week.
It will be another very cold night across central Indiana, with temperatures 0 to -5 by early Friday morning. Wind chills will near -15. Skies will be mostly clear overnight. This will mean some sun on Friday, but it stays cold. A few clouds enter the picture Friday afternoon, with highs in the range of 15-20 degrees.
Clouds will thicken Friday night, as we track another weather system moving into central Indiana. Light snow is in the forecast for this weekend. It is forecast to start falling Saturday morning and last through Sunday morning. Lingering flurries are in the Sunday forecast. A couple of inches of snow are possible. Highs will be in the 20s this weekend.
Looking ahead, our weather pattern stays cold and a bit snowy over the next 7 days. The average high is near 38, but we stay much colder through next week. There is another chance for snow next week too. The early timing is for Wednesday and Thursday.
Light snow punched into the area this morning. Amounts ranged from a coating to 1/2 inch in parts of Hendricks County. Temperatures continue to drop during the morning rush hour.
There will be a mix of clouds and sun on Thursday and Friday. Highs today will only be near 12 degrees. The low tonight will drop to -6. Highs will be stuck in the teens on Friday.
We are tracking another chance for snow this weekend. The early analysis has 1-2 inches possible Saturday and Saturday night. Right now there is no sign of a pattern change, so we are stuck in the deep freeze into next week
How does Indy compare with snow this season to other Midwest cities?
Here’s a look…
Ft. Wayne 53.3”
Hang in there, only 42 days until Spring!