The bitterly cold air continued its hold on central Indiana Tuesday afternoon as afternoon temperatures failed to reach the 20° mark. Off a low of 4° in the city and a wind chill off -12° the brisk winds kept wind chills near zero with an official high of 18°, 18 degrees below the normal high of 36°.
Area temperatures fell into the low single digits early Tuesday but remained above zero. A few patchy clouds and a sustained wind overnight helped keep the thermometer from dipping below zero but the trade-off was a wind chill that fell to -15° at Lafayette, Kokomo and Peru. The coldest temperatures in the state were reported in northwest Indiana at -3° at Lowell in Lake County and a bitter low of -5° at Wanatah in Porter County.
LOWS THIS MORNING
3° Eagle Creek
4° Zionsville and Indianapolis
BITTER COLD EASES AS SNOW CHANCE INCREASES
Lows Tuesday night will sink into the single digits again before clouds increase late night. the increase in clouds will help the temperature to rise toward daybreak but the same clouds are expected to bring snow showers Wednesday afternoon. It’s a minor system but it will bring snow shower across the area by early afternoon. Snow fall amounts will vary widely from nothing to a locally under 1″. Its likely there will be slick spots for the evening commute.
MORE COLD COMING
In the wake of Wednesday snow, more cold air will spill south into the state. A see-saw temperature pattern is likely through the weekend. There will be a brief warm up again Friday as the chance of snow returns and then turn colder Saturday. It’s likely overnight low temperatures will dip again into the single digits early Thursday morning and again Saturday morning.
FRIDAY SNOW CHANCE
A fast-moving system will across the state early Friday bringing another chance of snow. There is some hints that accumulating snow is possible for the Friday morning commute but at this distance snowfall amounts are still up for debate. Earlier forecast runs were hinting at a mature system but now it appears that they system may be sheared or torn apart from the jet stream. It’s still several days out and the Friday snow picture will become clearer later Wednesday and early Thursday.