First major winter storm set to impact Indiana today

Snowfall Totals

Update 1:03 p.m.: A High Wind Warning has been issued for Central Indiana until 7 a.m. Friday.  Winds are expected to reach 40 mph with gusts at 55 mph for several hours.

The strong winds will impact motorists and cause significant travel difficulties, said the National Weather Service.

6 a.m.: A major winter weather storm will impact central Indiana later today through Friday bringing the first real accumulating snow of the season.  Currently Indianapolis should expect to see between 1 – 3” of snow with places northeast along I-69 expected to see the most across the state.  Muncie and Fort Wayne can expect to see 2 – 4” of snow with places from Bloomington south expected either a dusting to up to 2 inches.

Snow will change over from rain this afternoon from 5 – 9.  The heaviest snow will occur from 10p tonight through 2a on Friday morning.  Most snow should have come to an end by Friday morning rush hour, hopefully limiting the danger of traveling through fresh snow for motorist.

Overall, it’s been another slow start to the winter weather season this year.  Currently Indy has seen .2 inches of snow.  The snow actually occurred on the 12th of November. Last year we also saw some light November snow of .2” in November.  Our first significant snow last year was on December 27th when we saw 2.3” of snow.

Indianapolis usually averages 6.9” of snow during December.  We only expect to see more snow in January each year with 8.6”.  The annual average snow total is 25.9”.  Through Wednesday, we are 4.6” behind on snow for the season.

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