While the weather will be quiet today, another winter storm is brewing and we will be looking at heavy snow returning on Tuesday afternoon and continuing through Wednesday afternoon. This is likely to create poor road conditions across our area. Even if you end up in an area with lesser snow amounts, that would be due to the fact that sleet also fell during the event and that too makes roads incredibly slick.
Because of the impending poor road conditions, INDOT is prepared to deploy a full call out of more than 800 yellow plow trucks to begin alternating 12-hour shifts on state highways before the storm moves through regions of our state.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the majority of our state for Tuesday at 1 PM through Wednesday at 1 PM. A winter storm watch remains for our extreme northern and southeastern counties for the same time frame.
- WARNING: Boone, Carroll, Clay, Clinton, Delaware, Fountain, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Henry, Howard, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Montgomery, Morgan, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Randolph, Rush, Shelby, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Vermillion, Vigo, Warren, Bartholomew, Brown, Daviess, Decatur, Greene, Jackson, Jennings, Knox, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Sullivan
- WATCH: Adams, , Blackford, Cass, Grant, , Jay, Miami, White, Ripley, Dearborn, Ohio, Switzerland, Jefferson, Scott, Washington
SNOW & SLEET:
Here’s a look at how much snow we could see by Wednesday afternoon total. The heaviest snow is forecasted to fall north of Indianapolis from Crawfordsville to Frankfort to Marion. Stretching through the metro and including towns like Greencastle, Brownsburg, Avon, Martinsville, Franklin, Shelbyville, Greenfield, New Castle, Winchester and Richmond should see 5-8″ of snow by Wednesday morning. Then the snowfall amounts drop off a little bit more in the southern part of our viewing area where 2-4″ of snow is possible with up to 2/10th of an inch of sleet accumulating. This would include Bloomington, Bloomfield, Nashville, Columbus, Greensburg and Seymour.
The event will start as snow in this portion of the state but as warm air intrudes aloft, sleet will start to fall for a prolonged amount of time and that will eat away at the snowfall totals. That’s why we are only calling for 2-4″ of snow in the southern part of the viewing area. This forecast is NOT set in stone. We have a few more weather model runs that will come in between now and the storm arriving and we’ll be able to fine tune this map a little bit more.
TUESDAY AFTERNOON: We’ll start Tuesday morning dry across the state. By early Tuesday afternoon, we’ll be able to see snow advancing in from the west in Illinois. This area of snow should be moving from west to east as it moves into Indiana. As you can see in the image to the left, snow could be arriving as early as 3-4 PM. And this should should come down pretty quickly so that would result in slick road conditions for those of you hitting the road for the evening commute. Plan now for this trip to take you longer and just slow down and don’t be rushed to get home. Much of the focus for more consistent snow on Tuesday will be from I-70 and to the north.
TUESDAY EVENING: Moisture will continue to fill in on Tuesday evening and Tuesday night and this brings in more widespread precipitation chances across our state. But as warm air invades aloft, some of this snow south of I-70 will start to shift to sleet. This will eat away at your snowfall potential greatly and that’s why snowfall numbers are lower in this part of the state.
Roads will be snow covered at this time from I-70 and to the north with a few inches of snowfall. This means any travel will be delayed as you will have to slow down! We could also see some light amounts of snow on the roads south of I-70 but with sleet mixing it, it will become a slushy and icy mess very quickly.
WEDNESDAY MORNING: Snow is likely to continue on Wednesday morning with some sleet still mixing in for the southeastern and eastern part of our area. Roads will be completely snow covered and difficult. With winds expected from the north at 10-15 mph, blowing and drifting snow can also be expected. This will have the greatest impact on east and west bound roads. Watch out for this especially on I-70, I-74, US 36, State Route 47, 28 and 26. Any rural roads will be considerably worse than your main highways and interstates.
We could end up seeing a lull in precipitation by the morning drive because the area of snow will be lifting to the north. But you cannot rule out some light snow still falling Wednesday morning here in the city of Indianapolis. Snow is will likely in places like Lafayette, Tipton, Peru, Kokomo, Muncie and Marion for the morning drive. But snow will turn lighter by Wednesday afternoon before coming to an end. Roads will continue to be difficult if not impassable at times throughout Wednesday.