As expected temperatures quickly shot into the 60s after the fog dissipated....marking the fourth straight 60 degree day with another four to go.
Indianapolis is closing in on the most 60° in February (8 in 1976), most 60° days before March (13 in 1880), and the most consecutive 60° before March (7 in 1930). All of those records will fall on Friday when highs near 70 degrees.
All of this in what's now the 5th warmest February to date in Indianapolis with an average temperature of near 40°...which is nearly 9° above normal.
Increasing clouds and steady breeze overnight keep temperatures very balmy in the 50s. Though there will be more clouds than sun Tuesday, and some showers around, highs again rise into the 60s. The record high of 68° Tuesday may be rivaled if the the cloud deck thins enough due to a much warmer start than the past few days.
Scattered showers and storms should develop along a warm front Thursday and mark the beginning of an unsettled stretch heading into the weekend. We're still eyeing what looks to be a rather potent storm system Friday into Saturday.
Temperatures near record warm levels Friday in the warm sector of the storm. Central Indiana remains highlighted for severe weather potential as a line of fast-moving storms could emerge along a sharp cold front. Confidence is low on that part of the system. However confidence is growing, based on persistent modeled wind fields, on a widespread gradient wind event. 50+ mph wind gusts could impact a good portion of the viewing area. Future updates may require Wind Advisories and/or High Wind Warnings.
Behind the cold front Friday night temperatures crash into the upper 20s and lower 30s... along with wind-whipped snow showers into Saturday afternoon. This shot of cold lasts for the weekend before another sling shot of warmth hits the middle of next week.
Please check back for updates - Sean Ash