Cold blast ends record warm January thaw; First snow in three weeks

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WARMEST JANUARY THAW ON RECORD

It has been an amazing mild run since January 10th.  The thaw that reached 16 straight days produced a average temperarue of 43° - the warmest ever for the dates (January 10th to January 25th) on record.  The spell edges 1932's warmth by .7°

January 2017 has now moved up in the record books tied for 14th warmest all-time.  This is the warmest January since 2006.

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FIRST SNOW IN THREE WEEKS

So far this winter we have only had 41% of the normal snowfall.  To date 6.1" has fallen well shy of the 15" that is normal to date.  There hasn't been a trace of snow in Indianapolis officially since January 5th when we received 1.2".  It is now the least snowiest January to date since 1998 -  that was the strong El Nino winter of  1997 -1998 when only .8" of snow fell January 1998.

A few flurries along with a passing snow shower is possible overnight and again at times Friday.  A few minor disturbances riding the northwest flow of the the stream could help create a better snow chance this weekend, especially Sunday.  Snow showers look more likely Sunday afternoon and evening.  Some light accumulation could occur.

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COLDER CLOSE TO THE MONTH

The pattern is a colder one and the next several days will average at or jsut below normal through months end.  No real bitter cold is expected, more of a seasonal feel.  Longer range computers are still sorting out details and have leaned toward colder solutions early in the month of February.  We will monitor.

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