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Central Indiana bracing for winter storm

Central Indiana is bracing for the possible effects of a massive winter storm.

The storm is expected to bring widespread blizzard conditions from Colorado to Wisconsin. Blizzard warnings were issued for seven states late Wednesday afternoon. The snow is expected to fall at a rate of 1-1.5″ per hour out West. Strengthening winds with gusts up to 60 mph are also expected in the overnight hours across those states.

Locally, Central Indiana will be 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 in the evening.  Temperatures are expected to start rising later 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 3 a.m. in Indianapolis 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 will sink, cutting off the precipitation at the same time winds begin to ramp up.  Wind gusts of 40 to 50 miles per hour are possible Thursday evening and night.

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.


23 Comments to “Central Indiana bracing for winter storm”

    Snowman said:
    December 19, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    How is this blizzard conditions for us? The only thing it says we are getting is high wind..

      simbasmom said:
      December 19, 2012 at 9:20 PM

      that is what i thought too! panic in the streets lol

        Robertson47562 said:
        December 20, 2012 at 6:22 AM

        There won't be a loaf of bread or gallon of milk to be found!

      Nicole said:
      December 19, 2012 at 9:44 PM

      They are not saying blizzard conditions for us they said from Colorado to Wisconsin!

    Jason said:
    December 19, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    Lies! I was hoping i would be snowed in for a week so I could catch up on movies and video games!

    Laura said:
    December 19, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    One inch? Thats it? Thats cause for a warning? Come on! You make it sound like we should be preparing for a blizzard!

    Michael said:
    December 19, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Indiana doesm't even know what a blizzard is!!! Try growing up in the U.P. of Michigan

      a10toes said:
      December 19, 2012 at 9:42 PM

      oh, we've had a few here….snow at the roof tops, highways 1 lane only.

    guest said:
    December 19, 2012 at 9:28 PM


    we're expecting a whole inch of snow!!! whatever will we do????

    Bill H said:
    December 19, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    They are saying blizzard conditions because it only takes an inch of snow on the ground for Hoosiers to widely spread mayhem on the roads!!!!! LOL

      Kateri said:
      December 19, 2012 at 9:39 PM

      now wait a minute if you want to see may-ham go out to CA when it rains, they can't even drive in the rain, they would fail here if they had to drive in the snow for sure.

    Kateri said:
    December 19, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    I'm sad I want a lot of snow. this is just a trace. Not really a storm.

    Sarah Lou said:
    December 19, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    If you were here in 1978, you would know what a blizzard is!

      a10toes said:
      December 19, 2012 at 9:43 PM

      thats right!! and I was!!

    nana said:
    December 19, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    wow! you had my hopes up for some snow! 1 inch??? that's nothing! and it probably won't even last long! why would you use words like blizzard condition, winter weather advisory, and backlash snow showers? blah!

    Jody said:
    December 19, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Yep 78 remember it well!

    DONZ said:
    December 19, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Sensationalizing the weather… wonderful!!! I was 16 yrs old in 78… now that was a storm.

    Bill said:
    December 19, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    The weather reports are pathetic anymore, always have to have a warning for a few flurries now. What will they say when we actually get some snow like we used to yrs ago???

    Jenny said:
    December 19, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    You all know there are idiots out there buying up all the milk and bread!!

    JulieS said:
    December 19, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Just an inch? After that big build-up? Must be a guy who wrote this.

    paulafan2009 said:
    December 19, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    I was born during the 78 blizzard lol

    tom said:
    December 20, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    pretty sad sensationalist reporting – make the title look like central indiana is getting a blizzard

    tammy said:
    December 20, 2012 at 8:33 AM

    It is Indiana. We could have 10 feet of snow by Sat., LOL