New snowstorm on the horizon, brutal cold coming

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The snow will continue to taper off after sunset and by midnight most of the snow has departed as the storm system moves east.  6” of snow fell from this storm making this the biggest storm of the season and bringing the seasonal total to 14.9”.  This storm pushes us to a tie for the 13th snowiest start to season on record with more than 2 times the normal snowfall to date, normally we receive 8.5”.  Impressive start and on a breakneck pace with more than half the snowfall for an entire season down.  We normally have 25.9” annually.

With snow fall ending the brisk winds will produce considerable blowing and drifting snow overnight.  North winds will ease after midnight bringing some improvement by sunrise but several secondary east – west roads will be dangerous.


Straughn 6.3”

Rushville 6”

Alexandria 6”

Greenfield 5”

Frankfort 5”

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Thursday snow storm
Chris Knuckles
From Chris Knuckles Thursday afternoon.  Looks like this Husky is in its element!


This storm is pulling down the cold – a steady drop has been occurring all afternoon.  By 5 PM the temperature in the city fell to 12° and down 25 degrees from the same time Wednesday.  The overnight low will dip into the single digits by Friday morning – the 4th night this season in the single digits and will challenge the coldest night of the season (2°) on December 12th.

Low forecast Friday morning


No doubt you have heard the buzz over the weekend system and the brutal cold to follow. The consistency in the computer runs off the trusted Euro model is impressive. While the U.S. model is not as strong or as “wet” the potential for a major snowfall looks high at this distance. No doubt this can change and will be refined in the days ahead however the potential for a foot of snow in Indiana exists. This image from the Euro model shows nearly a perfect location for the low pressure to track bringing the heaviest snowfall through the state.

Euro Sun Jan 5th fcst wx map
Euro Weather map 7 Am Sunday Jan 5th


The forecast for cold next week is staggering!  The predicted cold coming next week has been hinted at for over a week (cold weather indicators went negative – meaning the cold is evacuating the arctic regions and headed south) but the timing and intensity has been in question.  We pointed out late last week, computers will struggle with this kind of cold but continue to highlight the approach of the “polar vortex”.  It is the coldest air in the northern hemisphere, a swirling upper level low pressure that gyrates around the north pole and will occasionally become dislodged and come south.  It hasn’t come here in quite a few years – that streak ends next week.  The cold wave next week could be the strongest in 20 years and rival the winter of 1994 when low temperatures dipped to 20 degrees below zero.  At this distance the combination of very heavy snow pack and the core of the polar vortex in the Midwest would be the “perfect” set up for this kind of cold.  It certainly looks like the may be some extended holiday vacations coming.  Stay tuned!

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