As of 11pm Sunday night, Hurricane Sandy was a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. The storm’s forecast track continues to indicate a likely landfall along the Southern New Jersey Shore Monday night. Millions along the East Coast will face power outages, flooding rains, and coastal storm surge. Inland impacts will likely be greatest through the highest elevations of the Appalachians where parts of 4 states are either under Winter Storm or Blizzard Warnings. Elevations of 1 to 3 feet in the mountains of West Virginia could get 1 to 2+ feet of snow.
We will experience impacts here in the Hoosier State to a much lesser extent, with the main impact being wind. A Wind Advisory goes into effect 5pm Monday and continues through 8pm Tuesday for much of Central Indiana. The Wind Advisory begins for extreme Eastern Indiana at noon. Sustained northwest wind 20-30 mph are likely with gusts 40 to 50+ mph possible. Winds will be higher the farther east you go.
In addition to wind, we’ll also feel the chill. Temperatures may barely hit 50 on Monday and only manage mid to upper 40s Tuesday through Thursday. Our average high is 61. That means a chilly and blustery night of trick-or-treating for the kiddos Wednesday. Some rain showers are also possible, though amounts should be fairly light Tuesday into Wednesday morning. Areas west of Cincinnati to Indianapolis to Monticello to Chicago may only get a few hundredths of an inch of rain. Areas from Monticello to Kokomo to Carmel to Indy to Greenfield to Shelbyville to Connersville could get up to 1/10″ of rain. Farther north and east from South Bend to Marion to Richmond 1/10″ to 1/4″ of rain is possible. And far Northeastern Indiana could get around 1/4″ including Portland and Fort Wayne. Because lows will be in the 30s and cold air will be pulled into this system, several computer models continue to indicate the possibility of a little sleet or wet snow mixing in – mainly for far eastern parts of the state, but it’s a very slight chance.
Your Monday planner is windy but dry with highs near 50. The biggest effects from Sandy move in on Tuesday.
Sandy’s effects wane as we head into Thursday and we’ll begin to warm up and watch winds diminish. Another system or two may try to slide in either late Saturday or late Sunday with a chance of some rain, but temperatures for the weekend should be near 60.
Check out our Hoosier Pic of the Day on Sunday! It’s a cute photo of Vickie Girt’s granddaughter playing in the leaves. Speaking of which, if raking the leaves is on your “to do” list, you may as well hold off. With the strong winds we’ll have the next few days, your work would be futile as you can count on more leaves coming down and blowing around. It’s also a good idea to bring in any lightweight patio furniture. And though the threat is low, isolated power outages can’t be ruled out if our gusty winds bring down tree limbs on power lines – again, the biggest chance the farther east you are. Share your pics here: https://www.facebook.com/ChikageWindlerFanPage or here: https://www.facebook.com/WTHR13?ref=ts&fref=ts
You can always track Hurricane Sandy with updates from the National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/#SANDY