Winter storm aims for central Indiana Thursday

A winter storm will bring freezing rain, snow and ice to central Indiana, starting Thursday evening.

A powerful winter storm system is on its way to central Indiana. Sixteen states from as far west as Arizona, north to Minnesota, south to Arkansas and east to Indiana are under winter weather advisories, winter storm watches and winter storm warnings. Up to eight inches of snow is likely across the Great Plains and up to a foot of snow is likely across the mountains in southern Colorado.

Closer to home, Thursday will be a dry day with clouds increasing in the afternoon. Snow develops across Indiana around 8pm. Snow will mix with sleet and freezing rain by 11pm. Due to southerly winds, temperatures will rise after midnight and our mixed precipitation will change to freezing rain after 2 a.m. and continue through 8 a.m. All of central Indiana will receive a tenth of an inch of ice during that time frame.

Along with the ice, we will also have minor snow accumulations. From Lafayette to Kokomo to Muncie, two inches of snow is likely. From Greencastle to Indianapolis to Zionsville to Richmond, one inch of snow is likely. From Bloomington to Columbus to Seymour, a half-inch of snow is likely. The combination of ice and snow will coat the roadways before the Friday morning rush hour and will cause numerous school delays and closings.

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