Friday Night Rain and Weekend Chill

Your Friday evening will be dry until about 11pm.  Our weather pattern changes dramatically overnight.  We are timing rain chances from 11pm Friday through 7am Saturday.  We are tracking a cold front that will bring the rain to central Indiana.  We are forecasting that front to arrive very early Saturday morning.  Along with the rain, there will be some strong winds.  Here is the timeline for rain with FutureTrak13.

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A few lingering showers are possible east and northeast of Indianapolis on Saturday.  For the rest of central Indiana, it will be mainly cloudy, breezy and cold.  Temperatures will only be in upper 40s and lower 50 Saturday afternoon.

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Winds are forecast WNW 20mph.  Take the coat to Kids Day and Rookie Run on Monument Circle and to the Angie’s List Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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The coldest part of the weekend will be Sunday morning.  We are forecasting temperatures in the upper 30s early Sunday.  It will be cold enough for some patchy frost.  Sunday will be partly cloudy and still chilly.  Highs will be in the range of 55-60 degrees.

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It will stay cool through the start of next week too, with highs in the lower 60s on Monday and Tuesday.  Rain and storms are back in the forecast for Tuesday.  Some of the longer range analysis hints at some dry and mild weather for the end of next week.  We will keep you updated.

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Friday Afternoon Update

At 2pm, temperatures were in the 60s across central Indiana, with some sunshine.  The exception was far eastern Indiana.  There were a few more clouds and only 59 degrees in Richmond.

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We won’t get to 59 degrees anywhere across central Indiana on Saturday.  Yes, it is going to be cold this weekend.

A cold front arrives overnight, bringing rain chances and the cold air for the weekend.  We are timing the best chance for rain from about 11pm Friday through 7am Saturday.  A few showers may linger across NE Indiana on Saturday.  The rest of central Indiana will be mostly cloudy, chilly and breezy on Saturday.  Highs will only be in the lower 50s and winds are forecast WNW near 20mph.  Here is the timeline for rain Friday night and early Saturday with FutureTrak13.

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Sunny Today, Rain Tonight, Cool Weekend Ahead

Out the door temperatures in Central Indiana are running about 10 degrees cooler than yesterday morning.

We’ll see sunny skies today with highs near 70 and a light breeze out of the west up to 10mph.

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Tonight after 9pm, scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms move in. They should exit the area by 8am Saturday morning.

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Behind the rain, much cooler air. Highs Saturday will only reach the mid 50s. It will be a cool and dry running of the Angie’s List Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Sunday morning will be cold, as we wake up to lows in the 30s.

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Sunday will remain dry with highs in the upper 50s.

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Monday highs jump back into the 60s, with a chance of rain moving in late in the day. Shower and storm chances will stick around Tuesday through Thursday next week.

So far this month, we’ve only had one day without measurable rain in Indianapolis.

Our average high this time of year is 72, our average low is 52.

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Sunny Friday Chilly Weekend

We are 12 days into the month of May and we have had rain on 11 of those 12 days.  Are you ready for sunshine and 70?  We have it in the forecast for Friday.  The day will start in the upper 40s and lower 50s, but warm to near 70 degrees Friday afternoon.  Your outdoor plans are a go for Friday.

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A cold front arrives Friday night, bringing rain and colder air.  The rain chances arrive after 9pm Friday and will last through about 7am Saturday.

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The bigger story will be the chill this weekend.  We are forecasting highs in the 50s on Saturday and Sunday.  Keep in mind the average low for this time of year is near 52 degrees.  Our highs will be close to that average low number and about 20 degrees colder than average.  Despite the chill, we hope to see you at Kids Day and the Rookie Run on Saturday on Monument Circle.  You will need to dress for the chill for any of your outdoor plans.

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One of the bigger outdoor plans is the Angie’s List Grand Prix on Saturday.  You will need the coat.

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Sunday will be dry, with highs 55-60 degrees.  Right now next week looks cooler than average, with rain chances returning late Monday.  We will keep you updated.

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7pm Thursday Update

Pockets of heavy rain and lightning continue to move across central Indiana.  The heaviest rain will be across the eastern half of Indiana between 7pm and 9pm.  The rain will leave the state by 11pm

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Friday will be dry, with sunshine and highs near 70 degrees.  Qualifying for the Angie’s List Grand Prix takes place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday.

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It will be much colder this weekend.  A cold front arrives Friday night bringing another round of rain.  Behind the front, temperatures are forecast in the 50s for highs Saturday and Sunday.  These numbers are closer to the average low for the middle of May.

3pm Thursday Update

Hopefully you took advantage of the dry hours earlier today.  Rain and storms are back.  Here is what Live Doppler 13 Radar looked like at 3pm.  Rain and storms developing across western Indiana.

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This latest round of wet weather will move from west to east late this afternoon and this evening.  The best chance for rain will be from 3pm to 10pm.  Here is the timeline with FutureTrak13.  If you have outdoor evening plans west of Indianapolis, you might get a few of those in.  The complex of rain and storms moves into the eastern half of the state by 7pm and leaves the state by 11pm.

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We can say sunny and near 70 for Friday.

Wednesday Night Update

Thunderstorms with heavy rain, lightning, small hail and gusty winds impacted central Indiana Wednesday evening.  Another round of rain and some thunder is possible early Thursday morning.  We are already tracking more storms developing across Illinois and we will watch closely how they hold together.  FutureTrak13 hints at that round arriving in western Indiana around 1am and weakening by the Thursday morning drive.

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Keep the umbrellas handy for Thursday.  There will be some dry hours and it doesn’t look like a washout for practice at IMS.  Here is your planner for Thursday.  There will be a few showers and storms possible and a few dry hours in between, with highs in the 70s.

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We finally get a break from the rain with some sunshine and near 70 on Friday.  Rain returns late Friday night, but will move out for the weekend.  It is cold air that moves in for the weekend.  Highs will be in the 50s.

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued

UPDATE 5PM: Part of Central Indiana now under a Severe T’Storm WATCH until 11pm.  This is for areas west and southwest of Indianapolis, but strong to severe storms are possible later tonight for the metro area.

Damaging wind, large hail, frequent lightning and localized flooding remain main threats from these storms.  Read below for a timeline.

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You can definitely feel the heat of Indy’s warmest day since April 26th… the date of the city’s last 80 degree day.

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We continue to monitor severe storms in Illinois that have had a history of large hail and damaging wind.  These clusters should continue holding strength if not intensifying as they propagate eastward along a front draped across Central Illinois and Indiana.

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There is still some uncertainty on exactly where these cluster will track… however we’re thinking they should be nearing the IL/IN border around 5pm.  Please stay weather aware and download our free Skytrak 13 weather app for watches and warnings.

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Wind, hail, lightning and localized flooding are the most probability severe threats… but a tornado or two can’t be ruled out prior to sunset.

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The threat of strong storms continues tonight as there may be multiple waves of storms move across the state.  This will be followed by another round of locally dense fog and low visibility in Thursday morning.  Schools delays are possible.

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Showers and storms increase by midday tomorrow as a cold front enters the state.  Highs in the 70s Thursday drop mainly into the 60s Friday before unseasonably cold air arrives this weekend with a chilly pattern change for May.  The colder air is preceded by a period of rain/storms Friday night early Saturday morning.

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Expect highs in the 50s Saturday & Sunday with near record lows Sunday morning… with some locations in away from Indy’s urban heat island likely in the 30s.

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Cooler than normal pattern holds early next week with chances of rain returning.

Better Day Today

Take a deep breath. Today will be a much better day in Indiana. We missed the vicious storms that spawned tornadoes in Kentucky yesterday and it looks like we have several dry hours and a quick warm up before rain moves in later tonight.

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Watch for some patchy fog this morning, with driving to work or school temperatures in the lower 60s.  Most of today will be mainly dry and warm. Look for highs in the low 80s.

Another round of rain and storms is in the forecast for tonight and Thursday, wit highs in the 70s.  The rain chances finally end for Friday.  Friday will be partly cloudy, breezy and cooler.  Highs will be in the range of 65-70 degrees on Friday afternoon.

Right now the weekend looks cool.  Highs will be in the 50s, with a few showers on Saturday and in the 60s with some sun on Sunday.  The average high is 71 degrees and will be mainly cooler than that number over the next 7 days. Make sure the little ones have a coat or jacket for the Chase 500 Festival Kids Day/Rookie Run Saturday.

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Some Dry Hours Wednesday

Tuesday was another rainy/stormy day for central Indiana.  The chance for scattered showers and storms will last through about 11pm Tuesday.

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There were a few dry hours on Tuesday and there will be more on Wednesday.  There is a weather concern for Wednesday morning and that is fog.  Watch for patchy dense fog Wednesday morning, with temperatures in the lower 60s.  Wednesday will be warm, with highs in the lower 80s.  There is just a slight chance for a stray storm.

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More showers and storms return on Thursday, with highs in the 70s.  We get a dry day Friday, with highs in the 60s.

There will be a few showers possible to start the weekend on Saturday.  Saturday will be cool too.  Highs are only forecast in the range of 55-60 degrees.  These numbers are 10 to 15 degrees colder than average.  We end the weekend with some sun, but it will still be cool.  Highs on Sunday only reach the lower and middle 60s and still cooler than that average high of 71 degrees.  In fact, there are more days cooler than average than warmer than average in the 7 day forecast.

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