April-Like Sunday with rain moving in and colder pattern returning

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MILD WEEKEND

Saturday temperatures moved into the lower to middle 50’s from Indianapolis south making this the warmest day here in almost 3 weeks. Neighbors north of the city were not as lucky in the temperature department as snow cover and scattered showers held temperatures in the 40’s.  The 54° high in Indianapolis Saturday broke a streak of 9 straight days below normal.  The last time we topped 50° was 60° on February 19th 20 days ago.

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High Temperature Saturday Afternoon

EVEN WARMER SUNDAY

Sunday will be mild but even warmer than previous forecast.   We have locked into a slower rain arrival time so there is more time to warm before a cold front  late Sunday into Monday morning.  While not entirely rain free Sunday the bulk of the rain should move in late afternoon and during the overnight hours into Monday morning.  The current forecast is for a high of 63° in the city – more typical for early April and almost 15 degrees above normal.

RAIN AND COLDER AGAIN NEXT WEEK

Rainfall amounts will be healthy in spots.  The updated numbers Saturday night average off of 6 computer models has held steady at a half-inch for the city.  The range is from .31″ to as much as 1.05″.  Current thinking is that higher amounts will target northwest Indiana.

Wind shift after midnight Monday and the warm up officially ends.  Rain will slowly depart through e overnight hours as colder air settles in behind the front.  The overall cold pattern that has taken hold since February 15th looks to remain in tact.  Much of next week favors below normal temperatures with some snow fall chances.  Some flurries in the wake of the Sunday/Monday storm are possible monday night into Tuesday morning.  A chance of snow showers returns with a passing cold front Tuesday night and another chance of snow could slide in Wednesday night for Thursday morning as a “clipper” system dives south from the Upper Midwest.