Storm brewing late week

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December 2012 has rolled along rather uneventfully.  Temperatures have been very mild – so mild that to date its the 3rd warmest December on record.  Snow has barely fallen the entire month as well.  only a trace has been recorded back on the 10th and 11th with a seasonal total of .2″, only 5% the normal snow fall.  The average snowfall to date is 4.4″.  The .2″ fell back in November.

A powerful storm will emerge from the Rockies late Wednesday night bringing rain, wind and heavy snow to the central U.S.  This storm has the potential to lay down over a foot of snow along with  50 mph gusts from Utah to Michigan.  Blizzard warning are now in effect for eastern Colorado and western Kansas.  Over a dozen states are under some form of winter advisory late Tuesday night.

Winter Advisories


Central Indiana will be on the front side or warm side of the storm initially.  The surge of moist, warm air will arrive early morning Thursday.  The rain is expected to arrive after midnight Thursday with area temperatures expected to spike into the lower to middle 50’s.  The storms track is expected to move through northern Illinois Thursday afternoon and swings an arctic front behind it Thursday afternoon.  As the storm central pressure drops, the winds are expected to ramp up in the wake of the storm.  This system will tap the coldest air of the season and a full-blown arctic blast hits Thursday night here.  temperatures are expected to drop sharply late day and wrap around snow showers will spread into the state. 

Winter officially arrives Friday morning and with it snow.  The snow fall from Thursday night and into early Friday morning may stick with early numbers supporting a coating to up to 1″ of accumulation.  The combination of cold air and strong winds may produce wind chill temperatures down in the single digits.  be sure to check back with updates on wild weather swing Wednesday and on FOX 59 tonight at 10.

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