Temperatures continue to tumble late Thursday evening and snow is spreading across the state. A powerful storm system centered over northwest Indiana is pulling down much colder air and generating strong winds across 10 states.
The storm produced over a foot of snow in Nebraska and Iowa and also produced over 14 170 severe weather reports from Texas to Alabama and Florida. Blizzard warning remain in effect for much Iowa, Wisconsin and western Illinois.
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY
Snowfall will increase in coverage and intensity through midnight and travel will become hazardous. The combination of accumulating snow and strong winds may reduce visibility to near zero at times through Friday morning. Snow will stick with general accumulation of around 1″ to 1.5″ expected. Under a more intense snow shower a local 2″ snow is possible. This snow will not be evenly distributed, we are on the backside of the storm and receiving the left-over moisture. The snow is expected to taper off after 4AM and before sunrise in the city. Snow showers are possible northeast as cold air connected to lake Michigan early Friday morning. A few pockets of snow may persist up I69 through late morning Friday.
HIGH WIND WARNING
Peak wind gusts Thursday reaching 52 miles per hour in the city and topped 56 at Thorntown just before the passage of the cold front. Wind gusts to 50 miles per hour are still possible through 5 AM Friday morning. the High Wind Warning is in effect until 7AM Friday.
NEW SYSTEM FOR CHRISTMAS?
Hints of an early week system are becoming more evident per computer runs from this morning and this afternoon. Computer models are struggling with energy coming off the pacific and sliding along the southern U.S. The southern storm track has become active and a set of forecast models hint at something in the flow starting monday through Wednesday. We will monitor and have updates tonight and Friday.