WINTER COMES ROARING IN
A massive winter storm will intensify during the overnight hours and track northeast to northern Indiana Thursday night. The powerhouse storm will deliver widespread blizzard conditions for many states from Colorado to Wisconsin. Late Wednesday afternoon some 7 different states were under a Blizzard Warning. Snow was falling heavily in Nebraska, Iowa and is expected to fall at a rate of 1 to 1.5″ per hour. Strengthening winds with forecast gusts to 60 miles per hour are likely later tonight. The storm has forced interstate closures and is making travel extremely dangerous.
Central Indiana is on the front side or warm side of this storm initially. A warm front will push north later Wednesday night bringing a few scattered showers into the area after sunset. Temperatures are expected to start rising later tonight and climb into the middle 50’s before the first of two cold fronts pass.
A steady rain and even a few rumbles of thunder will develop after 3AM in the city and spread northeast through sunrise. The mature storm will then cut off the rain as we enter the “dry slot” of the storm. A region of the storm where strong jet stream winds roar overhead. The air is sinking cutting off the precipitation at the same time winds begin to ramp up. Wind gusts of 40 to 50 miles per hour are [possible here Thursday evening and night. A wind advisory has been issued for parts of the area through Friday morning.
LOOKS LIKE WINTER
A second cold front will trigger snow showers and usher in the coldest air of the season during the overnight hours thursday night into friday morning. These backlash snow showers on the rear of the storm could bring local accumulations of around a 1″ by daybreak Friday. A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for most of Central Indiana through friday morning.
FEELS LIKE IT TOO
Very cold air will sweep the state and coupled with strong winds will produce wind chill values into the single digits. A month that is running very warm is about to turn dramatically. Bundle up – by Saturday morning the temperatures are likely to dip into the teens coldest since February 13th (18°), 10 months ago.