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Sunshine Returns To Central Indiana

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Lindsey Monroe

The rain is gone, but the high river levels remain.

Flood Warnings are ongoing along our local rivers. Many are projected to crest over the next 48 hours but will remain at or above flood stage over the next week.

A Flood Warning has been put in effect for Monroe and Brown counties until 8:15 pm as river gauges are reporting flooding along the Salt Creek and North Fork Salt Creek. The hilly terrain in this area also warrants extra caution when traveling as low spots in roadways could become covered with water.

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The clouds break making way for plenty of sunshine today. Still breezy with a west wind gusting to 30 mph at times. We warm to 50 this afternoon.

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We're settling into a dry weather pattern the keeps Central Indiana rain-free through Tuesday.

Temperatures trend upward with highs in the mid 50s Monday and lower 60s Tuesday.

Stray showers return Wednesday morning but more widespread rain will move in Thursday.

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Temperatures remain well above average for most of the week next week with slightly cooler air moving in next Friday and into the weekend.

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Flash Flooding, Severe Storms Possible Tonight - Live Doppler 13 Blog

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Kelly Greene

Pockets of heavy rain will be possible with the heaviest likely along and south of I-70.

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Another model is showing a line of storms developing along the cold front. There could be a few strong storms along this line.

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Some areas could pick up 1” to 2” of rain tonight, with flash flooding a possibility.

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There is also the treat of a few strong to severe thunderstorms.

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The main threat looks like damaging winds, but isolated tornadoes will be possible. Most of the severe weather threat will end around 1am to 2am.

Temperatures will actually rise this evening.

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Rain will move out overnight with a gradual by morning. Sunday will be sunny and mild.



Strong Storms & Flooding Threat Saturday

Strong Storms & Flooding Threat Saturday
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The wave of rain this morning will exit around lunchtime leaving most of Central Indiana with a few dry hours in the afternoon. The primary focus is on this evening as a round of strong storms sets up, mainly south of I-70.

The rain/storms push back in after 6pm. Highest risk of strong storms from 7-10pm as storm line moves from west to east.

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The risk of more widespread severe weather remains south of Indiana through Kentucky, western Tennessee, and Arkansas.

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Locally, the Storm Prediction Center keeps far southern parts of Central Indiana including Bloomington, Columbus, Seymour, and Bedford under a risk of isolated severe storms tonight.

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The primary severe threat is damaging wind gusts embedded within isolated strong thunderstorms. The more impactful threat is heavy rain falling onto an already saturated ground leading to flash flooding. A brief spin-in tornado isn't likely, it can't be ruled out.

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An additional 1-2" of rain will be likely through Sunday morning for most of Central Indiana.

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With two more rounds of heavy rain falling through the state, the area is under a Flood Watch through Sunday morning. A Flood Warning is ongoing along most of our local rivers including the Wabash and White rivers.

The Wabash River in Lafayette has already crested and is now falling... it will take the river through the middle part of next week to crest and fall through the Wabash Valley in West Central Indiana.

The Wabash River in Terre Haute is currently at 25 feet and is forecast to crest with moderate flooding on Monday at 27.2 feet, flood stage is at 16.5 feet.

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Once the cold front exits around 4am Sunday, the sky will clear and we're looking at sunshine to wrap-up the weekend. High temps Sunday push 50°.

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We'll finally get in on some much needed dry time to start next week with sunshine and high temps back in the lower 60s by Tuesday. Another batch of rain moves in Wednesday and Thursday. Temperatures remain above the average high of 43 through the extended forecast.

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Flooding Threat and Risk for Severe Storms - Live Doppler 13 Weather Blog

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Angela Buchman

Our soggy weather pattern will continue into the weekend. A few showers are possible for your Friday night, but the better chance for more heavy rain arrives for Saturday. Rainfall potential of 1-3 inches on an already saturated ground brings the threat for some flash flooding on Saturday and Saturday night. A flood watch is in effect for the southern half of the state through Sunday morning. In addition to some flash flooding with the heavy rain, lowland and river flooding will be a concern though next week. If you live near a river or a flood prone area, please keep a close eye on water levels. Here is the outline for that flood watch and the rain potential through Sunday morning.

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There is also the risk for severe storms later Saturday and Saturday night. Heavy rain is a threat, but damaging winds and an isolated tornado can't be ruled out. Saturday will be a day to stay weather aware.

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Here is the timeline for rain and storms with FutureTrak13. The highest treat for severe storms will be Saturday evening through Sunday morning.

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We will finally start to dry out on Sunday. There will be some sunshine on Sunday, with afternoon temperatures in the lower 50s. More sunshine is in the forecast for early next week, along with a gradual warming trend. Afternoon temperatures will be in the middle 50s on Monday and in the lower 60s on Tuesday.



More Rain, More Flooding

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Kelly Greene

North central Indiana had 3” to 4” of rain this week with a few light showers continuing this morning. The rivers have crested and are starting to fall.

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More heavy rain is likely Saturday with the heaviest more likely along and south of I-70.

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Many more rivers will be rising due to the southerly flow from flooded rivers in north central Indiana and with the heavy rain moving in.

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There has been heavy rain this month in Indianapolis. Precipitation accumulation so far is running over an inch above normal.

And of course, we’ve been tracking rain, not snow. Indianapolis is in a 13” deficit. Normally to day, Indianapolis has recorded 22 inches of snow.

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More heavy rain is on the way Saturday with a chance of a few strong storms Saturday evening. Here is one of the models forecasting heavy rain, especially along and south of I-70.

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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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