Central Indiana started the week with plenty of sunshine and warmer afternoon temperatures. The combination of sunshine and a south wind really aided in our afternoon temperatures and this doesn’t end today! More warm weather is on the way as we continue the week.
Temperatures won’t be as cold overnight. We should see temperatures bottoming out between 22-25°F. This is just a touch above normal for this time of year. 21°F is the average overnight low for January 8th.
High pressure will still be influencing Central Indiana on Tuesday and this means mostly sunny skies and warmer temperatures again. You’ll notice plenty of snow melting during the afternoon on Tuesday as temperatures reach 42°F.
The warm up will continue as we go throughout the rest of the week. Warmer air continues to move in on Wednesday ahead of the next round of rain. The increase in cloud cover will slow down the warming process but we should still hit the mid 40s.
Rain is likely to return on Thursday as an area of low pressure moves into the Ohio Valley. Rain will begin in our southwest locations shortly after 1 AM and spread across the state in the morning hours. Rain is likely to continue throughout the day and this is going to be a soaking rain. After looking over the weather models, up to 1″ of rain on Thursday is completely possible. Also, keep in mind we’ll see significant melting of our snow pack this week, so some low-lying flooding cannot be ruled out. Isolated rumbles of thunder will also be possible in our very southern counties as a bit more instability builds in that part of the state.
This first round of rain will come to a close on Friday morning and skies will become partly cloudy for the afternoon. As we sit in this lull between systems, temperatures will increase sharply! We should easily get into the mid 50s.
Another round of rain will move into the Midwest on Saturday and potentially linger into Sunday. This system will bring another round of soaking rains but behind it will be much colder air and an end to our warm spell.