Not quite a record, but dangerously cold
Indianapolis has been as cold as -14 degrees. The record low for January 6 is -20 in 1884. Temperatures will be in the range of -10 to -15 through early Tuesday. Wind chill values will be in the range of -30 to -40. Please take precautions from the cold. We are not forecasting temperatures to go above zero until Tuesday afternoon. A wind chill warning is in effect until 7pm Tuesday.
Central Indiana continues to dig out of near a foot of snow. Strong winds are blowing and drifting that snow and that danger will linger overnight and early Tuesday. With a wind W 20-30mph, the north/south roads are most at risk.
There is another chance for light snow later Wednesday and Thursday. Right now any accumulations will be an inch or so. There is a stronger weather system on the way for the weekend. We will track this one closely. The early analysis looks like it will start as a wintry mix later Friday and change to rain on Saturday.
One factor in the precipitation type will be the impact of our current snow pack on this still developing system. We are at least forecasting the start of a thaw, as temperatures go above freezing on Friday.
Dangerous cold will last through Tuesday afternoon
Dangerous cold has a grip on central Indiana and we won't get a break or even above zero until Tuesday afternoon. Early Monday evening temperatures are in the range of -8 to -12 with wind chills near -40. With numbers this low, frost bite can happen in less than 10 minutes. Please take precautions from this dangerous cold and check on your family, neighbors and pets.
A wind chill warning is in effect until 7pm Tuesday. The National Weather Service has also issued a winter weather advisory for much of central Indiana until midnight, due to blowing and drifting snow. The winds are W 20-30mph, so it will be the north/south roads with most of the blowing and drifting snow.
Temperatures will be in the range of -10 to -15 through early Tuesday morning. We won't get above zero until Tuesday afternoon. Temperatures rebound into the 20s by Wednesday and Thursday. There is another chance for light snow late Wednesday and Thursday. Any accumulations will be minor and around an inch. The bigger story looking ahead will be the chance to thaw out. Temperatures finally get above freezing on Friday and should stay there through the weekend. There is a weather system in the forecast for the weekend. Right now this starts as a wintry mix later Friday. It is forecast to change to all rain on Saturday.
We will track this one closely and the impact our current snow pack may have on the precipitation type. Stay tuned and stay safe.