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Winter Weather Advisory for Friday Night - Live Doppler 13 Weather Blog

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Angela Buchman

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Friday night and early Saturday for about the northern half of Indiana. The advisory was issued due to the potential for ice and snow accumulations Friday night.

Along and north of I-70, snow totals will be an inch or less with some ice accumulations possible too. From Monticello to Logansport, Peru and Marion, 1-3 inches of snow with some ice are possible. Stay weather aware and allow extra travel time Friday night.

It will be cold tonight, with lows in the range of 18 to 23 degrees. Friday will start with sunshine but end with a wintry mess. Temperatures will slowly climb into the upper 20s and lower 30s by late afternoon Friday. It will be cold enough to support some snow and freezing rain. We are expecting this to arrive late afternoon and early evening, with tricky travel Friday night.

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There should be enough warm air pushing into the weather system to change the wintry mix of ice and snow to rain by early Saturday. Saturday will be damp with highs 45 to 50 degrees. Temperatures start to fall again late Saturday. This will be the coldest air of the year so far.

Speaking of cold air, temperatures will tumble into the teens by Sunday morning. This cold air will stick around through early next week and it will mean highs in the 20s and lower in the high single digits and low teens. With the colder air, there will be the chance for a few flurries or snow showers Sunday and Monday.



When Winter Returns - Live Doppler 13 Blog

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Kelly Greene

Sunshine will return today with a breezy wind out of the northwest. Winds will gust around 20 mph. Afternoon highs will be in the mid 30s but wind chills will be in the mid 20s.

Clouds will increase tonight with a low in the low 20s. Wind chills will be in the teens.

The next storm system arrives on Friday. Clouds will increase by afternoon with highs in the mid 30s. Winds will be breezy around 10 to 15 mph, keeping wind chills in the mid 20s.

The arrival of precipitation is still a bit up in the air but it should arrive by evening, if not before. Precipitation will arrive as snow to start. Right now, it looks like a half inch to one and a half inch of snow will be possible.

A warm nose of air will push in aloft, with surface temperatures likely at or below freezing. This warm pocket would allow some or all of the precipitation to melt to liquid form. It will cause the snow to shift over to sleet or even freezing rain by late Friday night. This could make way for tricky travel into briefly early Saturday morning.

A warm front will lift early Saturday morning, allowing temperatures to rise. As the surface temperatures warm above the freezing mark, the precipitation will transition to just rain. Rain will continue into early Saturday afternoon. Rain totals could be from a half inch to one inch of rain. January has been a rainy month so far, with 3.95" of rain so far, ranking 31st right for the wettest January on record for Indianapolis. Early afternoon highs will be in the upper 40s to near 50°.

The cold front arrives during the afternoon and temperatures will start to tumble.

It will be mostly cloudy with temperatures tumbling into the low teens Sunday morning. Wind chills will be in the single digits.

Sunday will be sunny and much colder with highs in the low 20s. This will be the first day with below normal temperatures in January.

The cold trend will contend Monday and Tuesday with a quiet and dry pattern in store too.



Late week snow/rain system - Live Doppler 13 Blog

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Lindsey Monroe

The fog continues to lift as a round of rain showers arrives.

Stray showers will be possible through the afternoon with a mild air mass in place allowing temperatures to climb into the lower 50s.

A cold front will trail the warmth tonight taking temperatures back into the mid 20s by overnight with a clearing sky.

Much colder air settles in for the rest of the week with highs only in the mid 30s Thursday.

While it will be much cooler... highs in the mid 30s are seasonal for this time of year and skies will be mostly sunny.

We're monitoring another impactful system that's set to move in late in the day Friday. With temperatures steady in the low 30s, this will start as an all snow event especially areas north and transition into rain with warming temperatures overnight Friday into Saturday.

A round of heavy rain is expected through the day on Saturday morning and afternoon with temperatures in central Indiana climbing to near 50.

As cold air wraps around the backside of this system late Saturday -- we could see a brief transition back into a wintry mix with much colder air arriving on Sunday.

We're talking morning lows in the low teens and highs in the low 20s.

Colder temperatures look to settle in heading into the first part of next week.



Pattern Change Ahead This Weekend

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Sean Ash

Patience rewarded today as that overcast finally dissipated for a brighter finish and highs near 50°.

This continues the string of above average highs for the month of January... and we'll tack-on a few more this week before a significant pattern change.

It's been the warmest January 1st-13th in Indianapolis since 2005 with the average monthly temperature nearly 12° warmer than norm. The snow season has been wimpy too... with just under 11".

Long-range signals continue to advertise a flip in the upper pattern arriving this weekend as a trough digs southward into the eastern U.S. This allows seasonably bitter to get dislodged from the polar region and leads to a stretch of days colder than average.

This transition carves out a winter system that moves across the Ohio Valley/Great Lakes Friday into Saturday. It's still early in the forecast game, but a period of snow/sleet remains possible in Central Indiana Friday evening before a switch to rain as rapid warming occurs once the low strengthens around the Michiana border.

At this time we don't envision significant travel impacts, but this could change based on the storm track. Confidence is high on lows near single digits Sunday/Monday/Tuesday mornings and wind chills dipping into sub-zero territory.



Mild to Snow to a Soaker - Live Doppler 13 Blog

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Kelly Greene

Above normal temperatures will continue through the work week with another potential soaker moving in Friday.

It will be a cloudy and damp start today with some patchy light drizzle possible. The clouds hang tough today with a few peeks of sunshine possible by late afternoon. Temperatures will climb into the upper 40s to near 50 degrees today.

It will remain mostly cloudy and quiet this evening, with overnight lows falling into the upper 30s.

Tuesday will be the weather pick of the week. It will be partly sunny to mostly cloudy with temperatures soaring 25 degrees above average with winds out of the southwest.

Afternoon highs will climb into the upper 50s to near 60°.

Wednesday will be very mild too but there is a chance of a few scattered showers around by afternoon and highs will be in the upper 50s.

It will be breezy and dry on Thursday but cooler with highs near 40°.

A high impact system moves in on Friday. As it pushes into central Indiana, precipitation will likely start off as snow.

Temperatures will rise through the day, allowing a change over to rain. Right now, it looks like there is a potential of 1” to 2” of rain associated with this system. Temperatures will rise into the low to mid 40s by evening.

By Saturday, the back side of this system will arrive. Precipitation will taper off to potentially a few snow showers. Saturday will be windy and blustery by evening.

Temperatures will crash into the teens by Sunday morning with a high in the mid 20s Sunday afternoon with a few flurries flying around.



Drizzle And Fog For Monday Morning Commute

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Sean Ash

The weekend began with near-record warmth and record-breaking rainfall, but colder and damp with areas of fog and drizzle.

Temperatures near-freezing north-northwest of Indy put slick spots in play on elevated surfaces overnight into Monday morning. Expect a cloudy, damp start with temperatures in the 30s and areas of dense fog/drizzle.

Clouds and patchy drizzle hang tough early Monday with some hope of late-day sunshine. Highs still near 50° in the afternoon with the help of a southwest wind.

Tuesday looks like the pick-of-the-week with sunshine and highs nearing 60°... which is 25° above average highs for mid-January. Clouds and showers around Wednesday don't stop highs from getting back into the 50s.

We'll be monitoring the track of a late-week storm system that may bring a period of wintry mix to Central Indiana on Friday. Arrival time and amounts are uncertain at this time, but majority of model guidance shows a transition to rain and again displaces the heavy snow track to our north. Check back for updates.

Long range guidance advertises much colder air behind this system to finish next weekend with possibly sub-zero wind chills and highs in the 20s. Stay tuned.



Drying Out - Live Doppler 13 Blog

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Kelly Greene

Rain records fell over the past two days. The rain total for Friday was 1.87” and Saturdays total was 1.52””. That brings the storm total to 3.39”, well above the January normal monthly rain total of 2.66”.

The skies will slowly clear to partly sunny by afternoon with highs near 40°.

Clouds will increase again this evening with temperatures falling into the mid 30s.

Warmer air returns for the start of the work week. Monday will be mostly cloudy to partly sunny, dry with afternoon highs climbing back into the upper 40s.

Tuesday will be mild, cloudy and dry too with highs in the upper 50s.

A few showers will be possible again Wednesday. It will be another balmy January day with highs and near 60°

Winter like conditions return by the end of the week with temperatures near normal and wintry precipitation possible.

Warm air will push in on Friday afternoon and evening, allowing precipitation to go from snow to rain.

Right now, the pattern looks like it will change quickly, with Arctic air spilling in on Saturday into Sunday.

This is still very far out with changes likely. Keep checking back for the latest.



High Wind Warning Issued For Eastern Indiana

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Sean Ash

The majority of heavy rainfall is over for Central Indiana but we'll need to monitor a reemergence of downpours in far eastern Indiana this evening... in addition to potentially damaging wind gusts.

A High Wind Warning is in effect from 8 PM today to 4 AM Sunday, including Connersville/Brookville/Richmond, in anticipation of increased wind gusts as intensifying low pressure moves along the Ohio River.

While gusts around the Indy metro area reach the 20-40 mph range... gusts closer to the surface low could eclipse 55 mph near/east of the Ohio state-line. Power outages and/or wind damage are possible within the warning area.

Wind-whipped flurries/snow showers can be expected for a few hours around Central Indiana. Any accumulation would be confined to grassy/elevated surfaces. It's highly unlikely this will impact local roads.



Record Rain To Winter Chill

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Sean Ash

Our soggy 48 hour stretch is slowly, but surely coming to an end as the steadiest/heaviest rainfall axis heads east of the Indy metro area. But an additional quarter to half inch rainfall is likely east of I-65 before 10 PM.

In just two days, Indianapolis eclipsed the monthly rainfall average for January. Widespread 2" - 4" rain amounts prompted river flood warnings (until further notice) for every major river in Central Indiana. Please be cautious if traveling and mindful of the usual low-land/river banks that flood in heavy rain events like this.

And additional scattered, gusty downpours remain possible as a secondary low pressure system coming out of Arkansas moves across the Ohio Valley.

The transition to much colder air is already underway as a cold front crosses the I-65 corridor. Indy has already dropped into the 40s... down from the lower/mid 60s earlier today.

Colder air continues filtering-in this evening and we're still expecting a burst of flurries/snow showers between 9 PM - 12 AM... but not expecting any accumulation.

Wind chills near 20° Sunday morning make it "feel" over 40° colder today than today. Highs Sunday afternoon recover to near 40° and we remain on target for another balmy stretch (for January) Monday - Wednesday.



Lull in Rain with More on the Way - Live Doppler 13 Blog

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Kelly Greene

Heavy rain has impacted central Indiana with many Areal Flood Warnings in effect. The record rainfall for Indianapolis today is 1.16” set in 2005.

Here is flooding along the White River, just north of Noblesville in the Riverwood area.

Watch out for ponding on roads and keep both hands on the wheel today! Temperatures have been holding near steady in the upper 50s and low 60s today and will start to fall later this afternoon.

The low will continue to track across central Indiana this evening.

A few strong to severe winds are possible today. Stay weather aware throughout the day. Flooding will continue today in low lying area and rivers and streams. Most rivers in central Indiana are already under a Flood Warning. Storm totals with this system will be from 2” to 5” of rain by the time its all said and done tonight.

Gusty winds will continue too.

Colder air wraps in behind this system tonight. Temperatures will fall quickly from the upper 50s into the mid 30s. Any left over precipitation will shift over to some light snow, however, no accumulations is expected.

Temperatures will fall into the low 30s by Sunday morning. ​

It will still be breezy, making it feel like the upper teens and low 20s.

Temperatures will climb back into the upper 30s to near 40° Sunday afternoon, still above average for this time of year.

The skies will slowly clear out to partly cloudy.



Daily Rain Record And More Heavy On The Way

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Sean Ash

A record-breaking daily rainfall in Central Indiana with many gauges over two inches already and another 1" to 3" expected by Sunday morning.

Friday was at least the 10th wettest January day on record in Indianapolis... a number likely to climb before midnight with a new surge of downpours inbound.

A long line of heavy precipitation extends from south Texas to the Great Lakes and comes in the form of severe storms plus heavy snow. We'll remain on the warm, wet side of this system.

The combination of unseasonably moist air, a sharp cold front, and an intensifying low pressure system put Central Indiana in the cross-hairs of another round of widespread heavy rain arriving Saturday morning.

Right now it appears this line will move across the state from 4 AM to 11 AM. We'll need to monitor the leading edge of this line for severe wind gusts and/or tornadoes.

The probabilities are low, but 60+ mph gusts and pockets of wind damage are in play as an extreme low-level wind field interacts with this feature before early afternoon. Additional gusty downpours and/or storms may occur with the upper level storm system Saturday evening and you should remain weather aware.

A sharp frontal boundary produces two seasons of temperatures in Central Indiana on Saturday... with mid/upper 60s east-southeast contrasted by upper 30s to near 40° temperatures in northwestern Indiana.

This temperature tumble moves across the state Saturday night to transition scattered showers to a brief period of wind-whipped flurries/snow showers.

Wind chills Sunday morning near 20° make it "feel" colder than near-record highs in the mid-60s Saturday. After a cloudy, brisk start Sunday morning... expect increasing sun and highs near 40°. The first half of next week features more above average temperatures with highs back in the 50s and possibly 60s Tuesday/Wednesday.



Flooding Potential, Strong Winds - Live Doppler 13 Blog

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Kelly Greene

A high impact storm is pushing into central Indiana now through Saturday night. There is a lot going on with this storm system, including heavy rain, windy conditions and possibly record warmth.

It will be unseasonably mild today and tomorrow. This morning, a record was tied for the highest minimum temperature. Temperatures fell to 44°, tying the record of 44° set in 1975.

Scattered showers will continue today, becoming more widely spread this afternoon. A few isolated thunderstorms will be possible.

Winds will be breezy, out of the south from 10 to 15 mph and gusts will be from 25 to 30 mph. That southerly wind will allow temperature to soar 25 degrees above average! The record for today is 62° set in 1975. The forecast is 60°.

Temperatures will hold near steady this evening in the upper 50s. Rain will increase with intensity late tonight. Winds will also increase with gust near 40 mph.

The heaviest rain arrives Saturday. There will be heavy downpours at times. Flooding will be an issue, as another one to two inches of rain, on top of the rain that has already fallen. Winds will also be a concern.

There will be strong winds aloft with this system and they could mix down to the surface. A few severe wind gusts of over 60 mph will be possible. The best chance of these winds will be late afternoon with a few strong to severe thunderstorms possible. Temperatures will also be balmy, into the mid 60s. The record for Saturday of 70° set in 1890 will likely be safe.

The back side of this system will finally move in late day Saturday. Much colder air will wrap in, with a few snow showers possible.

No accumulation is expected but temperatures will tumble into the upper 20s by Sunday morning.