Welcome to the deep freeze! As expected, the combination of a 5″-7″ snowpack/clear sky/light wind allowed temperatures to plummet into the single digits. In fact, Kokomo and Bloomington flirted with ZERO for a time this morning.
Though not record-breaking, it was the first single digit temperature for Indianapolis since February 10th, 2011 when it was -1°. The average low by the way is 21°.
That’s about where temperatures will end up this afternoon…with highs struggling into the low/mid 20s despite good sunshine.
With no significant air mass change tonight, and the sky remaining mostly clear, I expect lows back down in the ice box range of single digits. But this is based on a clear sky, and even a modest return of cloud cover would keep numbers up a bit…but not much.
A weak upper level disturbance brings an increase in clouds Thursday, but very little moisture to play with. I’m going to keep the mention of flurries for tomorrow…but generally clouds have more bark than bite. The warm up to freezing is gradual, but there is some hope of hitting 32° this weekend. However, confidence is growing for a January Thaw next week. Highs approach 40° Tuesday, low/mid 40s Wednesday and possibly eclipse the 50° mark later next week! Stay tuned as we monitor model trends of a MUCH ABOVE normal period between Jan. 8-11.
Have a great day!