Spring warmth to winter chill over next 48 hours - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

Spring warmth to winter chill over next 48 hours

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Early day cloud cover is now thinning over Central Indiana and the brighter sky and southwest wind result in temperatures nearly 20 degrees warmer than Sunday.

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Expect a rapid rise with highs occurring later in the day due to Daylight Saving. Lower 60s expected for the Indianapolis metro between 4-5pm, and areas in southern Indiana make a charge into the mid-60s today.

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Quiet weather rules the next 24 hours with another unseasonably warm day on tap Tuesday.  Afternoon highs tomorrow charge back into the 60s for a majority of the viewing area, and southern Indiana flirts with 70 degrees!  But this is warm up is definitely Fool's Gold, as a well-advertised storm system arrives Tuesday night into Wednesday with a winter punch.

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We continue to keep tabs on a winter weather system that takes aim on the I-70 corridor and points Tuesday night into Wednesday.  Precipitation begins as rain and may become heavy after 12am Wednesday with rumbles of thunder.

By 7am Wednesday rain changes to mostly snow, with heaviest totals of 2-4″+ expected to fall north of the Indianapolis metro.  There is medium to high forecaster confidence that cities like Lafayette, Kokomo, Muncie, Marion and Peru fall within this zone.  Our call the I-70 corridor is 1-2″ with a disclaimer of low forecaster confidence due to uncertainty on how quick the changeover occurs and length of time in snow.

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Wind and falling temperatures will likely be the bigger story for areas along and south of I-70, with afternoon temperatures in the upper 20s and lower 30s… a good 30 degrees colder than Tuesday!

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This cold punch hangs around into Thursday afternoon before another surge into the 50s returns Friday.  Don't forget to sign up for the Skytrak 13 Personal Forecast and get daily updates sent to your email.  This is a great way to stay ahead of the weather and alerted to changes to that frequently occur to the forecast… plus it's free.  Sign up here.

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