MARCH LION STILL ROARS
It was a snowy open to the weekend with heavy wet snow developing on the cold, northern flank of fast-moving – wet system. Slushy accumulations were reported throughout the north side of the city and extended northwest to Montgomery, Boone, Clinton, Putnam, Miami,Howard and Hendricks County. The snow melted fast – with some reports of 1” to 1.5” of snow in Frankfort, Lebanon, Peru and Michigantown.
Only a trace of snow fell at the official reporting station for the city – the National Weather Service office located near the airport. The seasonal snow total still stands at 55.4” – 2.8” behind the all-time snowiest season on record in 1981-1982 (58.2”)
Saturday not only produced heavy, wet snow but temperatures nearly 20° below normal. The high temperature only reached 38° – making this the 20th day of the month below normal. To date 69% of the March days have averaged colder than normal – and ranks 40th all-time coldest March on record.
2 season’s into one weekend and Sunday will feel more like spring. Northwest winds will shift in the middle of the afternoon and usher in milder air. A chilly and frosty start to the day will end with temperatures climbing back into the middle to upper 50s – warmest Sunday of 2014.
A new storm system will out west late Sunday will push even warmer air into the state to start the week – expected high temperature will climb into the 60s Monday.
MORE RAIN COMING
Over a half-inch of rain fell Saturday, a quarter-inch early Friday and the active pattern will deliver 2 more storm systems over the next 7 days. A skinny line of showers and possible a few gusty storms could pass the state late Monday into Tuesday morning lowering temperatures Tuesday afternoon. A stronger and more potent rain maker is due here starting Wednesday and continuing through Friday morning. We have received consistent signals that heavy rainfall is possible with the storm system – perhaps 1” to 2” or more.