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Winter Storm Update

Posted By · February 20, 2015 at 10:30 pm

The SkyTrak13 Weather Team continues to track a developing winter storm.  A winter storm warning is in effect for most of central Indiana until 7pm Saturday.  It is a winter weather advisory for Logansport, Peru, Marion and Hartford City.  We are forecasting a widespread 3-6 inch snowfall for central Indiana.  We do think most of central Indiana will be on the high end of that range.  The totals will be closer to 3-4 for Lafayette to Kokomo and Marion.  We have 1-3 inch snowfall potential for Bedford, Seymour and North Vernon due to the potential for freezing rain.  This is where this winter storm gets tricky.  There should be a layer of warmer air above the surface changing the snow to freezing rain across the southern part of the state.  We will watch this closely and adjust snowfall potential if needed.

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The winter storm is arriving on schedule.  The leading edge was in SW Indiana at 10pm.  We are still forecasting the heaviest snow from about midnight through 7am.  Travel will be difficult through at least Saturday afternoon.  Allow extra time and remember your winter safety kit if you have travel plans for Saturday.  Here is the latest timing with FutureTrak13.

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From snow to 2 rounds of arctic air, it is cold and snowy 7 day forecast.



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Update On Super Bowl System And Refreeze Tonight

Posted By · February 1, 2015 at 3:25 pm

We always say “track means everything” for a reason.  In this particular case it’s a warmer, more northerly track that’s pushed snow accumulations northward accordingly.  Here’a  preliminary list of totals since 3pm… but note that I expect significant melting the next few hours to diminish what’s on the ground and what you ultimately shovel which will be on low end of forecast:

Peru – 4″

Purdue University – 3″

Fishers – 3″

Lebanon – 2″

Traders Point – 2″

Carmel – 1.5″

Castleton – 1″


The center of the storm will pass either over Indianapolis or possibly to the north.  This will put a good share of the viewing area into the “warm sector” and temperatures likely reach the upper 30s/lower 40s along and south of the I-70 corridor.  Roads will be wet to slushy in spots but passable for many south of I-74.


Rain will be likely for several hours early this evening and possibly come down heavy in some locations in Central Indiana… with snow likely the more dominant precipitation type from Lafayette-Kokomo-Marion.  This area has the greatest chance of getting the higher totals of 6″ or more.  But I’m more concerned at the refreeze that takes place overnight into the Monday morning commute.


Temperatures drop below freezing around or just after midnight.  By sunrise… low temperatures area wide drop into the teens and lower 20s.  This will make for rather slick roads due to snow and rain refreezing.  We anticipate delays and cancellations and added time to your drive Monday.  There will also be a period of snow and snow showers overnight before the system quickly departs.  Additional accumulation is very possible and it would be a more fluffier snow within colder air.  I’m definitely not ruling out another 1-2″ for some overnight.


Strong cold air advection keeps temperatures in check tomorrow.  Expect daytime highs in the teens for most and wind chills in the zero to 10 above range.  Clipper system snow is possible Tuesday night into Wednesday, with another chance of snow Thursday along an approaching Arctic front.  The busy pattern continues next weekend with rain/snow chances Sunday.


Thanks for reading the blog and remember video forecasts are also available at wthr.com/weather & our free Skytrak13 weather app http://www.wthr.com/category/225686/wthr-skytrak-weather-app.  Have a safe evening – Sean Ash

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Cold Tonight and Rain, Snow and Wintry Mix in the Forecast

Posted By · January 27, 2015 at 4:30 pm

It will be dry, but cold across central Indiana Tuesday night.  We are forecasting low temperatures in the middle and upper teens.


Believe it or not, it is still snowing along the East Coast.  Snow totals are in feet and there will still be some travel trouble over the next couple of days, as they dig out of the blizzard.

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Locally, we are more than 14 inches below average for snow this season.  In Indianapolis, there has only been 2.5″ of snow since December 1st.  There are snow chances in the forecast.

It will be dry on Wednesday, with high temperatures in the lower and middle 30s.  We are tracking a developing weather system that will arrive late Wednesday and linger into Thursday.  We are a bit concerned as the rain starts to fall, it might be cold enough at the surface for some freezing rain late Wednesday night.  Temperatures are forecast to climb into the upper 30s and lower 40s on Thursday.  It will be an up and down day because colder air will wrap into the weather system, as it moves out of central Indiana Thursday night.  The rain may again mix with a wintry mix or snow.  We are not forecasting any accumulations.

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That may change with a winter storm system on Sunday.  Stay tuned for updates.


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Winter Weather Advisory Saturday AM

Posted By · January 2, 2015 at 4:22 pm
Winter Weather Advisory for parts of central Indiana from 3am to 9am Saturday

Lafayette, Kokomo, Anderson, Muncie are included.

The SkyTrak13 Weather Team is tracking a developing storm system for the weekend.  Temperature will be key to the type of precipitation late Friday night and early Saturday morninig.  We are forecasting temperatures to fall into the range of 27 to 33 degrees.  These temperatures are cold enough to support freezing rain for a few hours early Saturday.  Watch for icy and slick roads overnight through about 9am Saturday.

As temperatures warm above freezing, this will become a heavy rain event for Saturday.  Rainfall potential is around an inch.  Highs on Saturday will be in the range of 45-50 degrees.  It will stay that mild Saturday night, but colder air arrives on Sunday.  Temperatures will fall into the 20s.  As the colder air arrives a few flurries and snow showers will be possible.  Sunday will be a windy day too, with winds WNW 20-30mph.

The chill will linger through much of next week and we are tracking another chance for snow on Tuesday.


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Tuesday Snow Showers and How Long it Stays Cold

Posted By · December 8, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Scattered showers are in the forecast for Monday evening.  As colder air arrives, the rain will mix with snow by late Monday night.  The colder air will last through Thursday.

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Highs on Tuesday will only be in the middle 30s.  Flurries and a few snow showers are also in the Tuesday forecast.  We are not forecasting any accumulations of snow.


We are forecasting a cold weather pattern for the next few days, with lows in the 20s and highs in the 30s through Thursday.

The weather pattern makes a change by the end of the week and the weekend, with milder air on the way.  Highs will be in the lower 40s on Friday and in the upper 40s and lower 50s this weekend.  Right now we have the forecast dry this weekend too.


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Overcoming Addiction and How You Can Help

Posted By · November 10, 2014 at 1:54 pm
Wheeler Story

Holly’s Triumph


           *Written by Wheeler Mission Ministries*

   No matter how hard I tried, “Things never got better.”

Holly was working two jobs, trying to make a good life for herself. But no matter how hard she worked, there was never enough money to make ends meet.

“My circumstances didn’t ever seem to get better,” she says. “They were always down in the dumps.” And so was Holly. She became depressed and began drinking “a lot.”

Even being active in her church wasn’t bringing her the joy she was seeking. “All I saw was a lot of darkness,” she says. “Everybody else’s lives were happy compared to mine.”

Holly tried AA and remained sober for about nine months. Then, her mom had a heart attack. Because Holly didn’t feel comfortable sharing her problems or sorrows with others, she isolated herself and began drinking again.

Fortunately, Holly was never homeless…never had to live on the streets. But in reality, she was just “hanging on by a thread.”

Holly’s pastor stepped up to her side and began looking for rehab programs, but many of those programs cost thousands of dollars—far more than Holly could ever imagine being about to afford.

Then, they found Wheeler Mission!

The fact that our Higher Ground Addiction Recovery Program was faith-based really appealed to Holly. “I look at this program as a spiritual journey,” she says. “A place where I can work on my relationship with God.”

“I’ve learned to stop focusing so much on myself and start focusing on others,” she says with a smile. And that focus on others served Holly well. After graduating from Wheeler’s Higher Ground program, she began taking part in our Servant Leadership Training. It was a chance for her to share with others what she had learned at the Mission: There is hope for a brighter tomorrow!

Nowadays, Holly’s life is full of hope. As a member of Crossroads Bible Church, she’s studying God’s Word, “still growing and maturing.” Wheeler Mission remains a huge part of her life – she works in the Children’s Ministry at our Center for Women & Children.

And when Wheeler Mission opened a transitional home for women – a safe place for Higher Ground graduates to live while they look for full-time employment – Holly was asked to be the “house mom.” “Today,” she says, “I’m grateful for the place God has brought me to!”


A Post Script: (From WTHR Community Affairs)

Holly’s transformation was more than internal.  Her appearance has also changed dramatically.  As she shed her addiction, she also shed 100 pounds.  Holly started running and you may even see her in the Drumstick Dash which will raise money to help Wheeler Mission Ministries.  You can join Holly and support Wheeler’s work for the homeless, poor and those overcoming addiction, at the Drumstick Dash.  It’s a way to serve on Thanksgiving morning:  http://www.wthr.com/story/9285355/drumstick-dash

If you need Wheeler Mission Services or want to learn more about its’ programs, get information here: http://wheelermission.org/.



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Slight Risk Severe Weather

Posted By · October 13, 2014 at 3:23 am

Don’t leave home without bringing a rain coat with you. The warm southerly breeze will help set off showers and thunderstorms today. Look for the unsettled weather to be with us all day today.

A Slight Risk of severe weather remains in place for much of the state today, including the Indianapolis metro area.  This is primarily for storms tonight and into Tuesday.  Lines of storms may produce severe wind, though it’s unclear if storms will be hold together as our atmosphere stabilizes tonight.

Look for some heavy downpours of rain Tuesday with some locations possibly seeing nearly 3″ of rain by Wednesday morning. Again, some of the rain will be heavy at times.

More scattered showers and storms will circulate around Indiana Wednesday and Thursday before this system moves out. Looks like it will be awhile before many of you are able to mow your yard!



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Friday Forecast and the Weekend too

Posted By · October 9, 2014 at 10:09 pm

The Friday forecast includes more clouds and more showers.  The steadiest rain will fall across the southern half of the state.  It will be another cool afternoon with highs in the upper 60s and lower 60s.  Those lower 60s will be north of Indianapolis where there will be less wet weather.  This band of steady rain will start to shift south Friday evening.

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Operation Football is Friday night and if you are going to a high school football game, it will be cool and in the 50s.  We are forecasting rain chances south of Indianapolis, but drier weather north.


The weekend forecast includes high temperatures in the 60s.  Saturday will be the drier day, with rain chances returning later Sunday.  We are tracking strong storm system for early next week.  This system will bring the threat for storms and heavy rain.  Stay tuned for updates.


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