Live Doppler 13 Weather Blog

Cold Records Continue To Fall

Sean Ash

Five weeks, 41 days to be exact, ago Indianapolis had back-to-back days with highs of 92°... the hottest October days on record for Indy.

This morning, in the wake of a fresh 1"-4"+ snow pack, daily record low temperatures were smashed.

In fact, the 8° low temperature in Indianapolis not only eclipsed the old record (14° in 1911) but it also marked the earliest single digit temperature in Indy in autumn since 1871.

The bitter start and fresh snow limited warming and temperatures only recovered to around 20° for most. Thus for it's a new daily record cold maximum (old was 26° in 1920) and the coldest "high" temperature this early in fall in the past 148 years.

At least it was sunny across much of the Ohio Valley. However, the lack of cloud cover this evening allows temperatures to quickly drop to near-record or record-breaking cold levels again overnight with forecast lows of around 10° before high clouds increase by sunrise Wednesday.

Morning wind chills in the -5° to 5° range Wednesday mean kids at the bus stop need to be dressed properly. "Highs" near 30° Wednesday afternoon but with plenty of cloud cover.

Model data continues to show an impressive upper disturbance moving across the region Wednesday night into Thursday. While the lower atmosphere will be relatively dry... there may enough lift from this disturbance to overcome it and produce a period of flurries and/or light snow. We'll continue to monitor for potential impacts to the Thursday morning commute.

Plenty of clouds associated with that feature on Thursday but high temperatures gradually warm into the 40s going into the weekend with near-normal air expected to return by the middle of next week.

Snowy Monday evening leads to frigid cold Tuesday

Angela Buchman

Most of central Indiana is seeing the rain mix and/or change to snow this afternoon. Snow is in the forecast for the rest of this evening. The highest accumulations will be north, with 2-4 inches of snow possible. Most of central Indiana will be in the range of 1-3 inches.

Unfortunately the snow will be steadiest during the evening drive. In addition to the steady snow, temperatures will fall fast enough for roads to quickly become slick and some areas snow covered. Here is the timeline with FutureTrak13.

Temperatures will fall into the teens and in fact we don't make it out of the teens on Tuesday.

A gusty north wind will bring wind chills to near zero early Tuesday morning. That gusty wind will also trigger lake effect snow squalls. These develop quickly and cause reduce visibility and snow covered roads. Travel with extra caution if you run into one of those on Tuesday.

These frigid conditions continue into Wednesday, with morning temperatures near 10 degrees and afternoon highs only near 30. The rest of the week will be quiet, as we track a gradual warming trend back into the 40s by Friday.

Accumulating snow, arctic blast arriving

Lindsey Monroe

A transition from rain and wintry mix to a period of moderate/heavy snow takes place from north-to-south between now and early afternoon.

Temperatures will continue to fall -- most spots fall below freezing after 1 p.m.

Precipitation will all change over to snow during the evening commute. Be prepared for slick, snow-covered roadways.

Widespread snow won't begin to taper off until closer to 10 p.m.

Lake-enhanced snow showers will still be possible through the overnight into early Tuesday especially to areas north.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 1 PM today to 8 AM Tuesday for deteriorating road conditions from the snow and cold. We're still forecasting 1"-2" snowfall for the Indy metro area by 10 PM with locally higher amounts near 3" possible.

2"-4" snow expected north-northeast of Indy and possibly 4"+ across sections of Cass/Miami/Huntington/Wabash/Grant/Blackford counties where some lake enhancement seems likely.

Regardless of amounts... roads become slick to icy with lows tonight in the 10°-15° range and blowing of snow likely as a stinging north-northwest wind cranks between 15-25 mph. School delays and/or cancellations are possible, if not likely, in some districts Tuesday morning.

Kids will need to dress for wind chills in the -5 to near zero range Tuesday morning with little recovery expected Tuesday afternoon. "Highs" Tuesday in the mid-20s will rival daily record low maximum levels too.

We'll slowly recover after a brutal high in the mid 20s on Tuesday. That's 30° below average for this time of year.

We'll be monitoring a modeled disturbance in the coming days for potential impact to the Thursday morning commute. Temperatures modify going into the weekend but the overall pattern supports below normal values the next seven days.

Snow And Record Cold Inbound Monday And Monday Night

Sean Ash

We remain on target for the first widespread snowfall of the season in Central Indiana... which is difficult to imagine given the sun and 60s on Sunday.

But the cold is definitely coming and it will squeeze-out a period of snow between 10 AM - 9 PM for the Indy metro area.

We don't expect any impacts to the Monday morning commute with temperatures above freezing, and only light rain anticipated before 9 AM.

A mix of rain, sleet, snow emerges in northwestern Indiana around 8-9 AM and quickly expands over Central Indiana during late morning into midday... eventually becoming all snow in Indy between 10 AM - 1 PM. Snow will fall moderately at times in the afternoon and with temperatures dropping into the lower 30s/upper 20s area-wide by 4 PM.

We're forecasting a 1" to 2" snowfall for the Indy metro area with 2"-4" amounts in north-central to northeastern Indiana. In addition, it's likely there will be one or more lake enhanced snow bands impacting parts of central/eastern Monday night into Tuesday morning... creating narrow areas of higher snow accumulation and tough travel.

Winter Weather Advisories have been issued for Kokomo, Marion, Muncie, Anderson, Logansport, and Tipton from 11 AM - to 8 PM Monday within the zone we're expecting higher snow amounts to occur. These advisories may be extended farther south to include the metro area.

Record to near-record cold follows-up the snow with record lows possible Tuesday morning (14 set in 1911), a record low "high" Tuesday afternoon (26 in 1920), and a record low possible Wednesday (10 in 1986).

Either way we'll be 30° below average for a stretch of time with sub-zero wind chills.

The chill modifies later in the week but temperatures will remain below average into next weekend.

Snow, Record Cold, And Slick Travel Next 36 Hours

Sean Ash

Hopefully you had a chance to enjoy the sunshine and 60s on Sunday. Because 24 hours from now, Central Indiana will be in wind-whipped snow with temperatures falling into the 20s... setting the stage for a messy Monday evening commute.

All is quiet this evening with clouds increasing and temperatures still holding in the 50s at this time. However, temperatures drop significantly overnight as a cold front settles south of I-70 by sunrise Monday. Right now we're only expecting light precipitation in the morning during the bulk of the commute around the Indy metro area with temperatures above freezing.

With that said... snow will be expanding in northwestern Indiana and that mix of rain, sleet, snow expands over Central Indiana during the morning into midday. We're expecting the transition to all snow around the Indy metro area to occur from 10 AM - 1 PM. Snow may fall moderately at times into the afternoon as temperatures drop below zero for most areas during that time.

We're forecasting a general 1" to 2" for the Indy metro area with a chance at 3" in north-central Indiana. In addition, it's likely there will be one or more lake enhanced bands impacting parts of central/eastern Monday night into Tuesday morning... creating narrow areas of higher snow accumulation and tough travel. Winter Weather Advisories have been issued for Kokomo, Marion, Muncie, Anderson, Logansport, and Tipton from 11 AM - to 8 PM Monday within the zone we're expecting higher snow amounts to occur.

At the same time, temperatures drop to near record levels Tuesday (10°-15°) with wind chills -5 to 5. Anyway you slice it... Monday afternoon into Wednesday will be much more like January than early November.

First accumulating snow arrives Monday - Weather Blog

Lindsey Monroe

Today will by far be the warmest day in the 7 day forecast with highs in the mid 50s with a partly to mostly cloudy sky. Southwest winds at 5-10 mph.

It'll be a great day for a Colt's tailgate or getting out in the yard to rake the leaves. Keep in mind "leaf pick-up season" officially starts tomorrow.

Big changes arrive overnight with our next weather system, which is set to bring the first accumulating snow of the season.

Temperatures will be near 40 around midnight and fall to the low to mid 30s by daybreak. Stray rain showers start overnight with snow developing north where the colder air is.

The morning rush in the Indianapolis metro looks okay for now and a bulk of the precipitiation doesn't arrive until mid-morning.

Temperatures will continue to drop all precipitation changing to a wintry mix through the morning and eventually into all snow in the afternoon.

Here's 10 a.m.

Scattered snow showers continue through the afternoon with temperatures falling back into the 20s.

Scattered snow showers begin to taper off after the evening rush hour with temperatures falling into the 20s. While ground temperatures in the 30s will diminish initial snowfall accumulation, many spots especially areas north of I-70 can expected 1-2" of snowfall.

Drier air will begin to fill in late Monday evening but lake-enhanced snow showers will be possible mainly north. Bitter cold settles in with near-record cold Tuesday morning.

Lows temperatures are forecast in the mid teens and wind chills -5 to 5°. The standing record for November 12 is 14° from 1911.

Highs on Tuesday will only recover to the mid 20s. That's 30° below average for this time of year! Even Wednesday will struggle to get to 30.

We'll see a slight relief from the near-record cold by Thursday with highs back in the low to mid 40s late week.

Feeling Like Winter - Live Doppler 13 Blog

Kelly Greene

Temperatures this morning in Indy officially fell to 17°. That is the coldest November low since 1991!

It certainly feels like we skipped over Autumn.

It will be a bright but cold afternoon with highs only climbing into the mid 30s.

A few clouds will arrive later this evening. The air will be calm with temperatures falling into the mid 20s.

Saturday will be breezy with winds gusting out of the south around 20 to 25 mph. It will be mostly sunny and a bit warmer with highs in the upper 40s. It will be really cold for the Indy Monumental runners Saturday.

Sunday will be the warmest day in the week ahead. It will be partly sunny with temperatures getting back into the mid 40s, still running below normal for this time of year. At least it will be pleasant for the tailgaters. Go Colts!

A strong system will arrive on Monday, Veterans. It will allow the coldest air of the season to move in, bringing scattered snow showers from morning into the early evening. Snow could mix with some rain at times with light snow accumulations possible.

The skies will clear back out by Monday evening and temperatures will tumble into the mid teens! Wind chill values will be in the single digits on Tuesday with a few flurries possible and highs struggling to climb to near 30°.

Wednesday will still be cold with lows in the upper teens and highs in the low 30s.

It will be slightly warmer by Thursday but still more than ten degrees below normal with highs near 40°.

Arctic Air on the Way - Live Doppler 13 Blog

Kelly Greene

A cold front is pushing across central Indiana today. Precipitation is ending from northwest to southeast. Most areas have had rain, although a few spots are getting a mixture of rain and snow.

Winds will be breezy behind the front, out of the northwest from 10 to 15 mph.

The skies will gradually clear out to mostly sunny this afternoon with highs in the upper 30s.

It will be clear and cold tonight. Temperatures will tumble into the low 20s by Friday morning. The record of 13° set in 1991 for tomorrow will stay safe but it will be unseasonably cold.

Friday will be a cold and bright day with temperatures only rebounding into the mid 30s.

Winds will be light but wind chills will still impact your day.

The weekend will be warmer, however, still below normal. Saturday will be partly sunny with highs in the upper 40s. Temperatures will climb into the mid 50s Sunday afternoon.

A blast of Arctic air will move in next week.

An Arctic cold front will bring scattered snow showers on Monday. A mix of rain and snow is possible during the afternoon. Temperatures will hold near steady in the mid 30s most of the day.

Tuesday will be bitter cold with wind chills in the single digits and highs struggling to climb to 30°.

Two Shots Of Impressive November Cold

Sean Ash

We enjoyed some early day sunshine in Central Indiana but a return of clouds now underway hints of weather changes to occur the next 24 hours.

Despite an increase in cloud cover, daytime highs still reach the upper 50s to near 60° before sunset. We'll be monitoring radar for anticipation of an expanding area of sprinkles and showers from the west-southwest... but this would likely occur after 4 PM.

However, this evening and overnight showers are likely and may mix with some snow toward sunrise Thursday as colder air returns in wake a cold front dropping south overnight.

Thursday begins with rain and/or snow showers... especially along and south of I-70. No accumulation expected, but Thursday will be much colder with highs only in the 30s.

This is the first of two pieces of unseasonably cold air to hit Indiana over the next week. Lows drop to near 20° Friday morning with wind chills in the teens. Temperatures won't recover much Friday afternoon and highs in the mid-30s will be 20° colder than average.

We've made just a few subtle tweaks to the Saturday forecast... which now looks begins with some early day cloud cover. This layer of clouds keeps lows in the mid/upper 20s for the start of the Indy Monumental Marathon.

Runners will notice an increasing southwest wind that puts wind chills in the teens before 9 AM and gets into the 10-20 mph range by 11 AM.

Clouds depart by Saturday afternoon with highs around 47° to finish the day and for the 3 PM kick-off of Indy Eleven's USL Eastern Conference Finals match against Louisville City FC. Hopefully you can help "Pack The Mike " Saturday.

Latest data now has a slower frontal arrival time for finish the weekend. This leads to higher confidence of Sunday high temperatures in the mid-50s and little chances of precipitation despite a mainly cloudy sky. This bodes well for Colts tailgating leading up to the 4 PM kick-off against the Dolphins.

The second chunk of impressive November cold air hits Sunday night into Monday... lasting well into the middle next week. Snow showers blossom within the cold air on Veterans Day and flurries/snow showers remain possible, if not likely, Tuesday. In addition... near-record highs and lows are possible Tuesday/Wednesday. Either way... temperatures will be 20-30° below average and it will/feel more like the heart of January than November.

Election day, cold blast coming - Live Doppler 13 Blog

Lindsey Monroe

Weather will not hinder your trip to the polls this Election Day.

There might be some wet pavement left over from overnight rain showers that are pushing out of the state early this morning.

This sky will clear in the mid-morning with sunshine in store through the afternoon. Unseasonably chilly -- highs in the upper 40s near 50 this afternoon.

Rain continues to push out through the morning with plenty of sunshine building in from northwest to southeast.

Mostly sunny skies through the state by lunchtime.

Clouds increase overnight but temperatures will still be much cooler -- falling to near freezing by daybreak Wednesday.

The sky will clear back out in the afternoon with mild temperatures rebounding into the upper 50s.

A light wintry mix will be possible early Wednesday closer to a boundary set up to our north -- this stays mainly across the far northern tier of the state.


A cold front will slide through the state bringing a wintry mix in early from north to south.

This won't be a heavy wintry mix but be prepared for the potential of slick spots developing around Kokomo for the morning commute.

This moves into the Indianapolis metro in the mid-morning as temperatures fall.

This wintry mix will begin to exit the state in the early afternoon.

Behind this system, we'll settle into a much colder weather pattern. Temperatures are forecast to run below average through at least the middle of the month.

Forecast high temperatures won't break out of the 30s on Friday with highs only in the 40s this weekend.

We've got a couple of cold but dry days Friday and Saturday with another light wintry mix possible come late Sunday into Monday morning.

Cooler For Election Day And Wintry Pattern Ahead

Sean Ash

Depsite an abundance of clouds, temperatures peaked near 60° thanks to a stiff southwest wind. Radar is showing an expanding area of sprinkles/light rain coming from south-central Illinios along and east of an approaching cold front.

Between now and 7 PM don't be surprised to see some light precipitaiton... especiall along/south of I-70. Showers and sprinkles remain possilble overnight into predawn Tuesday.

However, we expect a mainly sunny sky to emerge Election Day if you're heading to the polls after 8 AM. But temperatures will be noticeably cooler by about 10° due the cold front passing across the state tonight. This results in highs in the mid/upper 40s Tuesday compared to mid/upper 50s today.

Wednesday still looks to be the warmest day this week as a gusts southwest wind develops with the approach of a clipper system. This feature also brings clouds Tuesday night and possibly a wintry mix for the far northern counties of the WTHR viewing area. Highs climb to near 60° Wednesday afternoon before then next cold front sinks south of the region.

This boundary stalls in response to a developing area of low pressure Wednesday night into Thursday. It remains uncertain how strong this feature will be and where exactly the boundary will be located. That dictates the amount and type of precipitation... as well as how quickly cold air intrudes into the state. We continue to forecast the possibility for a period of rain/snow changing to snow between the hours of 12 AM - 6 PM Thursday.

Confidence is low on that portion of the forecast, but medium to high on the expectation of another shot of much below average air impacting us Friday into the weekend. This equates to lows near 20° Friday/Saturday mornings. The early call for the Indy Monumental Marathon is start time temps in the 20-25° range, light wind, and mainly clear conditions.

Saturday afternoon highs get into the 40s and cool conditions on tap for the Indy Eleven Eastern Conference Finals match against Louisville FC at Carroll Stadium on IUPUI's campus at 3 PM. Go "Pack The Mike" and go Indy Eleven!

Another chance of rain/snow arrives Sunday with reinforcing cold air that could set the stage for near-record cold temperatures early next week. Stay tuned.

Temperature Swings This Week

Sean Ash

A cold, but overall pleasant autumn weekend in Central Indiana that finished with Sunday sunshine and temperatures in the 50s.

The combination of increasing cloud cover and a steady southwest wind keep lows tonight near 40°... about 10-15° warmer than the past two mornings.

Monday won't be as bright, but a gusty southwest wind boosts afternoon highs into the mid/upper 50s. However, it likely won't feel that warm due to the steady wind.

The passage of a cold front Monday evening delivers another shot of colder than average air for Election Day. Expect Tuesday morning lows in the 30s if you're voting early and afternoon highs in the 40s... despite a good dose of sun.

Wednesday warms into the mid/upper 50s as Central Indiana gets into the "warm" sector an approaching clipper system.

The boundary of this feature stalls just south of I-70 Wednesday night and becomes the focal point for potential rain by Thursday morning. There's a chance this rain becomes a period of snow later Thursday as colder air creeps in. However, some solutions show a quicker/weaker storm along the front with cold air suppressing precipitation to our east and south. It's too early for anything more specific than that, but we'll definitely monitor the 7 AM - 8 PM Thursday timeframe for wintry weather potential.

Much colder air spreads-in Friday into next weekend with lows possibly near 20° Friday and Saturday morning. The early call for Indy Monumental Marathon conditions next Saturday is mainly cloudy and cold... with start-time temps near 20° and slow warming into the 30s by 11 AM. Check back for updates.