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Temperatures bounce back this week and rainfall chances return

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Central Indiana saw a more winter-like day with temperatures in the low 30s for much of the day.  This was a 20-degree drop or more from the temperatures we experienced Saturday.  And it was incredibly windy throughout the day so this continued to move in the colder air and make it feel colder out there too.   We’ve also been tracking a system passing through the Gulf Coast states today, but it hasn’t produced much precipitation across our viewing area as we expected.  We’ve only seen spotty returns at times as far north as Bloomfield to Columbus.  Beyond that, it was more of an event for the southern fourth of the state which doesn’t really include much of our viewing area.


Temperatures will fall even more overnight as clouds decrease and winds continue from the northeast at 10 to 20 mph.  Locations north of I-70 should fall into the upper teens while the southern part of the state dips into the low 20s.  Feels-like temperatures will be as low as 8-10°F especially north of I-70 thanks to the wind.


Sunshine returns for the start of the work week and the winds finally die down.  Winds are expected from the east at 5 to 10 mph on Monday.  But temperatures won’t see an instant correction to normal levels quite yet.  Highs will reach the low 40s for your St. Patrick’s Day forecast which leaves us 10 degrees below normal for this time of year.


Temperatures climb quickly on Tuesday back in to the mid-50s due to a breezy wind from the southeast that day.  Skies remain partly cloudy until turning mostly cloudy later that night.  A low pressure system traveling across the Plains states will be moving our way and that will not only increase the clouds, winds will also increase and precipitation will eventually move in to our area.  All of the models pick up light precipitation on Wednesday in central Indiana but the average is only .07″ of rainfall.  The timing of this rainfall still needs to be worked out as there is still a split from a narrow line of light rain moving through Wednesday morning to that line passing through Wednesday early evening.  Temperatures top out around 50° for Wednesday afternoon with winds from the west at 10 to 20 mph. We get back to mostly sunny skies on Thursday with a high of 52°.  Friday will be the warmest and windiest of the week.  Skies will be partly cloudy, temperatures top out at 61° and winds will be coming in from the southwest at 15 to 20 mph.  Rainfall is expected to move in late that night, bringing back colder air for the coming weekend.