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Flood Watch Issued For Southern Half Of Indiana

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Sean Ash

As advertised the past several days...the heaviest rain and rain rates the next 60 hours along/south of I-70. This is area is a under an Areal Flood Watch that begins tonight at 10pm and lasts until 7am Sunday morning.

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We're forecasting a widespread 2" to 4" rainfall for this zone with locally higher amounts very possible. Our latest round of rain arrives well after midnight and impact the Friday morning commute. Friday afternoon should be mainly dry and mainly cloudy.

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Saturday will be damp and we're expecting the heaviest rain rates to occur between Saturday 7pm and Sunday 4am. This is the most likely time of potential Flash Flooding and also the potential of severe storms... though the probability of severe wind and/or an embedded tornado along a squall line is much lower than flooding rainfall.

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Flash flooding risk departs Sunday morning after the passage of a cold front, but river flooding will just be getting started south of Indy. Latest river forecasts for East Fork White River at Bedford and Seymour predict moderate flooding. Crests are expected Sunday evening in Seymour and Tuesday in Bedford. Follow the forecast and river levels closely this weekend.

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Major River Flooding - Live Doppler 13 Blog

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Kelly Greene

Heavy rain has fallen this week, especially in north central Indiana. Lafayette has had over 4” of rain so far this week, with more to come.

The Wabash River at Lafayette is at moderate flood stage. Flood stage is at 11 feet and the Wabash River is cresting this morning just under 23 feet.

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The Tippecanoe River near Delphi is at a Major flood stage. It crested last night at 15.53 feet, making it the second highest crest on record.

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The Camp Tecumseh area in Brookston has had many residential areas under water.

More rain will fall between today through early Sunday morning. The heaviest rain will be along and south of I-70, but now all rivers across central Indiana will be at risk of flooding, due to the copious amounts of rain that has fallen already and with more to come.



Still Soggy - Live Doppler 13 Weather Blog

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Angela Buchman

As expected the heaviest rain with the weather system we have been tracking since Monday morning was across the northern third of the state. You will remember this area also had snow on the ground. Melting snow and heavy rain are a bad combination and the flooding threat is serious from Goshen to Elkhart to South Bend. In our area the highest rivers are the Tippecanoe near Delphi and the Wabash near West Lafayette. If you live near these rivers, you will need to monitor levels closely. That high water will start to move downstream over the next several days. This plus the threat for more heavy rain Friday and Saturday, we will see our local rivers rise too. At this point they are forecast to stay below moderate flooding except for the Wabash in western Indiana.

It will still be soggy tonight and as colder air pushes into the northern part of our area, a wintry mix is possible. This means some icy conditions late tonight and early Thursday. The greatest threat for this ice is north and east of Indianapolis. Here is a timeline with FutureTrak13.

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We will get some dry hours later Thursday before another round of rain arrives late Thursday night into Friday morning. We are also still tracking the potential for more heavy rain and a few strong/severe storms on Saturday. Stay with us and we will keep you weather aware.



Big Changes Arrive Today - Live Doppler 13 Blog

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Kelly Greene

A strong cold front is bringing some big changes to central Indiana this morning. It has already been a wet February so far with more to come.

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Here are radar estimates from this morning.

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When I left my house in Fishers this morning, I measured 0.83” of rain. That was rainfall in under 3 hours.

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The strong cold front is allowing temperatures to crash this morning. Temperatures have fallen 20 to 25 degrees since midnight last night.

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More rain will fall from today through the weekend with another 2” to 3” of rain possible, causing more flooding where soils are saturated.

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Record Warmth Today

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Sean Ash

As expected the low so far today in Indianapolis hasn't dropped below 60°. Providing this hold (and it's likely it will) this marks not only the warmest low temperature since October 10th for Indy, but also a daily record warm minimum temperature and only the 2nd low temperature during February since 1871 at/above 60°. The last occurrence was February 15th, 1954 at 63°.

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At 1pm Indianapolis hit 73° and broke the daily record high of 72° set in 2016. With only scattered rain possible and mixed sun/clouds...the warmest February temperature on record (76° / 2000) is within reach. Since 1871 there have been only 7 February days this warm and very possibly this could become our warmest on record for the month.



Wet But Not a Snowy February - Live Doppler 13 Blog

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Kelly Greene

There have been some big temperature swings already this morning with temperatures ranging from the mid 60s to minimum temperatures in the single digits and teens.

Typically, February normally has had 4.8” of snow by now. So far this month, only 1.4” of snow has fallen. If we look at the Indianapolis statistics for snow for the 2017-2018 season, normally there is 21.4” of snow by now. So far this season, we’ve only measured 9” of snow. That brings us to a 12.4” deficit of snow.

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This week in February has been a wet one so far with copious amounts of rain yet to come. So far this month, Indianapolis has recorded 1.52” of rain.

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Areas of showers and thunderstorms will continue off and on through the weekend with another 3” to 4” of rain possible.

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Warm & Wet Weather and Flooding Potential

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Lindsey Monroe

We're starting our Tuesday by shattering a "warmest low temperature" record. It previously stood at 52° set back in 1930. We dropped briefly to 63° during the overnight but most of us will be making our Tuesday morning drive with temps in the mid to upper 60s.

We're also on track to tie or break a record high temperature for today which stands at 72° set in 2016. That is our forecast high temperature. If the clouds break, we could get a little warmer than that.

Most of the rain today will fall north of the I-70 corridor.

We have ongoing Flood Warnings along nearly all of our local rivers including the Wabash and the White River. These warnings are ongoing through next week depending on the water levels. For now, be prepared for areas near rivers and creeks as well as lowlying locations to see minor flooding taking place beginning midweek.

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A cold front will come through early Wednesday morning. We'll actually see the "highest" temperature of the day around midnight, still in the mid 60s.

A line of heavy rain and storms will develop along this boundary and move into northwestern parts of the state around midnight early Wednesday morning.

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By 2am, the front approaches Indianapolis but temperatures are already starting to fall into the 40s places like Crawfordsville to Lafayette.

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By 3am, the cold front begins to move through the Indianapolis metro, dropping temps into the 50s but also bringing heavy rainfall and thunderstorms. We're not expecting severe weather with the line, but heavy rain, thunder, lightning and gusty winds are a possibility.

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The line continues to march eastward into eastern Indiana by 4am. Temperatures continue to drop on the backside of the main line of storms and winds shift from the north and colder air gets ushered into the state.

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By the time most of us wake up and begin our Wednesday morning commute, temperatures will be significantly cooler. The threat of storms ends, but scattered rain showers continue with temps falling into the 30s!

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There is a chance of a brief wintry mix midday Wednesday with temps falling near freezing in the northern half of the state.

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Rain will likely not exit the state until early Thursday. Area northwest of the city will accumulate the most rainfall with totals pushing 2". Everyone else picks up between 1-2".

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Unfortunately, this won't be the end of the rain for the week. We're tracking another system that will move in Friday and Saturday (likely rain continues through Sunday morning) and this will bring the week's total rainfall to nearly 5" across parts of the state.

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It won't be as warm for the rest of the week, but temperatures do remain well above the seasonal average for this time of year which is in the lower 40s.

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Unseasonably Warm And Wet

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Sean Ash

This is day one of many wet days ahead this week in Central Indiana. Thus far the highest rain totals occurred north and northwest of Indy where several cities have already eclipsed one inch totals. This zone along/north of a line from Terre Haute-Crawfordsville-Kokomo-Marion will pick up another 1" to 2" of rain the next 24 hours.

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That doesn't mean cities farther south are rain-free... but the heaviest, more widespread occurs in that axis zone.

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Despite an abundance of clouds and , temperatures climbed well into the 60s for much of Central Indiana...over 20 degrees above average. "Low" temperatures tonight won't drop below 60° and this will smash the old record for highest minimum which was 52° set in 1930.

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This sets the stage for a near-record high Tuesday. We're forecasting 70° and the daily record high is 72° in 2016. Either way it's going to feel more like April than mid-February and temperatures will be 30° above average.

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Rain and some storms become widespread Tuesday night into Wednesday as a cold front approaches the state. This bout could also produce another 1" to locally 3". Temperatures Wednesday begin near 60° at midnight and drop into the 30s during the afternoon.

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The front stalls out and several disturbances bring more rain to Central Indiana Thursday into Sunday with yet another 1" to locally 3"+ by Sunday night. Please monitor river levels if you live near a river, creek, stream with flooding likely.

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In all...we're expecting nearly every community in the WTHR viewing area to receive between 3" and 6"+ rainfall for totals from last night to Sunday afternoon. To put this into perspecitve...we're taking two months of average January and February rainfall combined and squeezing it into one week. That's why this will be a prolonged river flooding event.

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Rain All Week

Rain All Week
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Here we go, the beginning of a wet Spring like week that will make it feel very much like April rather than February.

The rain began early this morning as a warm front moved east from Illinois into Indiana. Be prepared for HEAVY downpours, especially north of Indy, not just today but much of the week. As far as warm air is concerned, Central Indiana will be in this unseasonably balmy air for some 36 hours and record high temperatures are possible Tuesday.

We believe the record for highest minimum temperature (52 set in 1930) likely gets blown away with a forecast low of 60 Tuesday morning. To put that in perspective...the low Tuesday is nearly 20 degrees above the average high.

The record high Tuesday afternoon (72 set in 2016) will be in jeopardy though I am calling for a high of 71 thanks to another round of widespread heavy rain emerges Tuesday night and this likely stretches into Thursday morning. Rain amounts from tonight to midday Thursday likely end up in the 2"-5" range prompting flood watches and warnings for much of the area. Now exactly where the heaviest axis occurs still needs some fine-tuning.e area, near a river/creek/stream, or low-land region... please know there's an elevated risk of flooding this week in Central Indiana and the Ohio Valley.

Will it rain over the upcoming weekend...um....probably. Sorry. Chuck Lofton



Rounds Of Heavy Rain This Week Brings Flood Risk

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Sean Ash

Many areas experience a wet Monday morning commute with downpours likely and possibly small hail in stronger cells. Widespread rain Monday morning gives way to scattered coverage as the best lift moves northward with a warm front.

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Out the door temperatures near 50 jump into the mid-60s after a warm front lifts northward. Central Indiana will be in this unseasonably balmy air for some 36 hours and record high temperatures are possible Tuesday.

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In fact we believe the record for highest minimum temperature (52 set in 1930) likely gets obliterated with a forecast "low" of 60 Tuesday morning. To put that in perspective...the low Tuesday is nearly 20 degrees above the average high. The record high Tuesday afternoon (72 set in 2016) will be rivaled with only scattered rain/storm coverage expected.

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Rain amounts the next 24 hours vary from light (down state) to an 1.5" to nearly 2" along and north of I-70.

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Another round of widespread heavy rain emerges Tuesday night and this likely stretches into Thursday morning...depositing another 1"-2"+ rainfall. A third system takes shape Thursday into the weekend and at this time rain amounts from tonight to Saturday night likely end up in the 3"-6"+ range for much of our viewing area.

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Now exactly where the heaviest axis occurs still needs some fine-tuning. But if you live in a flood-prone area, near a river/creek/stream, or low-land region... please know there's an elevated risk of flooding this week in Central Indiana and the Ohio Valley.

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Additional heavy rain is possible next weekend too as the pattern remains moist and the storm track through the Ohio River Valley - Sean Ash



Warm and Wet Week Ahead

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Sunday morning clouds will decrease this afternoon making way for some sunshine. High temperatures rebound to near 50°. Clouds begin to increase again in the evening as our next weather system moves in, eventually bring rain to Central Indiana after 3am.

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Widespread showers and storms start our Monday. Severe weather is not expected, but pockets of heavy rain, thunder, and lightning will be likely.

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Showers and storms become less numerous in the afternoon. Staying cloudy and warmer with highs in the mid 60s.

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Scattered showers and storms will continue into Tuesday, but it does appear there will be a few more dry hours as compared to Monday. Tuesday will be the WARMEST day in the extended forecast with high temps approaching 70°!

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Our warmth comes to an end with a cold front set to move through early Wednesday. We'll see the "high" temperature around midnight in the 60s and temperatures drop through the 40s during the day. Widespread rain and storms will be likely during the first part of the day ending in the afternoon.

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The rain that ends Wednesday will conclude round one of showers and storms for the week. Another batch of rain enters the state Friday into Saturday. An additional couple inches of rainfall is possible.

Heavy rain over several days will lead to localized flooding by midweek in low-lying locations and places near rivers and creeks as their levels rise. Please plan ahead and use caution near these areas.

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Rainfall potential through the state will mainly range from 3-5" with some spots up to 6" through next Saturday.

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Wet and Active Pattern Next Week - Live Doppler 13 Blog

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Kelly Greene

Snow has tapered off and a gradual clearing moves in overnight. Temperatures will fall into the mid 20s by Sunday morning.

Sunday will be a pleasant day with dry conditions and sunny skies. Temperatures will rebound into the upper 40s to near 50 degrees.

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A very active, wet and mild pattern will move in for the rest of the week. Rain will become likely by late Sunday night.

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Monday will be a wet day with temperatures soaring into the mid 60s.

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Tuesday will be a stormy day, although no severe weather is expected. Temperatures will be even warmer, climbing into the upper 60s.

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Showers will continue Wednesday with falling temperatures.

Thursday should be a dry day and still mild for this time of year with more rain returning Friday and Saturday.

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