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Rain and Snow Mix for Some Sunday - Live Doppler 13


It was a cloudy day with temperatures climbing into the upper 30s and low 40s.

A system will bring a chance of some precipitation this evening, mainly in north central Indiana.

Light snow and rain will be possible into Sunday morning. Temperatures will fall into the mid 30s.

Light rain will be possible Sunday afternoon. Many areas will stay dry with highs near 40 degrees.

The holiday travel week looks good right now with a slow warming trend and dry weather.

It will be mostly cloudy Monday with highs in the low 40s.

By Thanksgiving Day, temperatures will climb to near 50 degrees with sunshine. It should be great weather for the Drumstick Dash!

Here are some Indianapolis Thanksgiving Stats:

There is a chance of rain on Saturday with temperatures climb into the low 50s.

Weekend Snow Chances - Live Doppler 13 Weather Blog


It'll be an overall cloudy weekend as a weather system lingers through the lower Midwest bringing a chance of accumulating snow to northern parts of the state.

Temperatures rebound to the lower 40s this afternoon with stray rain showers possible.

The front moves in overnight bringing rain after 9pm to mainly northern Indiana.

Rain transitions to a wintry mix after midnight from the Lafayette to Tipton and Muncie line with snow developing from Marion to Peru.

Snow will taper off around daybreak on Sunday with a few lingering snow showers far north.

Far north areas could see 1-2" of snow overnight with less than an inch possible where the wintry mix falls. It's a mainly cloudy overnight for the rest of the state with lows in the low to mid 30s.

As the system slowly exits, we'll keep clouds around for Sunday with a stray rain shower possible in the afternoon. Highs near 40. Looks like it will be a roof-closed kind of day for the Colts.

We'll be mainly dry but clouds through the day on Sunday.

As we enter into the holiday week, temperatures will recover back to average in the mid 50s. We start the week with highs in the lower 40s with a mostly cloudy sky Monday and Tuesday.

Sunshine returns for Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day with highs in the upper 40s. We're back in the low to mid 50s for next Friday into the weekend.

Our next chance of rain doesn't return until the start of next weekend.

Timing Weekend Rain and Snow Showers - Live Doppler 13 Weather Blog


The early half of Saturday will be dry, with mostly cloudy skies. Afternoon temperatures will near 40 degrees. We are tracking a weak weather system that will bring a few rain and snow showers to central Indiana late in the day Saturday. That chance for a light wintry mix will linger into at least early Sunday too. Afternoon temperatures on Sunday will be in the range of 35 to 40 degrees. A steadier burst of snow might stick to the ground, but accumulations will be less than an inch. Here is the timeline.

Winter Storm Wrap-Up - Live Doppler 13 Weather Blog


From Columbus to Frankton, ice was the big issue from the winter storm. In Frankton, the ice caused power outages. Here are a couple of viewer pictures.

So why did we get more ice than snow? The answer is a warm layer of air just above the surface. In order to have snow, the entire column of air has to be cold. With this winter storm, it was cold enough at the surface but the warm layer above the ground caused the precipitation to fall as rain. Because it was below freezing on the ground, that rain froze on contact. This graphic explains this wintry mess.

Here are few more viewer pictures. Thank you so much to all of our viewers for the reports and the pictures from this winter storm.

One of my favorite pictures sent to me on twitter was this one. It shows the melting of the ice. The melting on this stop sign is happening in one piece and in the shape of the sign.

Icy Morning, Snow this Afternoon - Live Doppler 13 Blog


**Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 7pm for most of central Indiana**

It was a treacherous start this morning with many areas picking up ice accumulations from a tenth of an inch to a quarter of an inch. This cause slick roads and power outages. The Ice Storm Warning has ended with the Winter Weather Advisory kicking now through 7pm.

The back side of this storm system will spin in more precipitation and cold air. Light snow will be likely for some areas this afternoon through early evening.

Accumulations will be less than one inch. Roads will still be slick as temperatures fall back below the freezing mark, after an early high in the mid 30s.

Temperatures are running 20 degrees below average.
A few flurries will still be around this evening. It will be mostly cloudy with temperatures falling into the mid 20s. There could be slick spots for the morning commute, as puddles refreeze.
There is a chance of a few snow showers Friday, mainly for north central Indiana.

Afternoon highs will climb to near 40 degrees.

Saturday will be cloudy and cold but most of the day will be dry. Temperatures will climb back to near 40°. Snow will be possible Saturday evening into Sunday morning. A wintry mix of rain and snow is possible Sunday mid morning into the evening. Afternoon highs will be in the upper 30s.
Warmer conditions return by mid week with highs in the upper 40s. Right now, Thanksgiving Day looks dry.

Update on snow, sleet and ice forecast for Thursday


After analyzing latest guidance we've made a few adjustments to the northern and western portions of our viewing area, where less mixing and more snow seems like a safer bet.

However, no changes to timing with a snow/sleet arriving in southern Indiana by 10 PM and in the metro area around midnight. This wintry precipitation shield expands northward and encompasses all of Central Indiana by 4 AM.

This sets the stage for a dicey and icy Thursday morning commute with temperatures below freezing. At minimum plan on extra time commuting to work and school delays and/or cancellations is very possible.

Warmer aloft eventually down to the ground between 9 AM and noon... when we're expecting freezing rain to transition to a rain/snow mix along and south of I-70. This allows any icy roads to become mainly wet for the afternoon/evening commute. Precipitation rates later in the day should be mainly light but areas of dense fog may slow down driving.

Some refreezing seems likely Thursday night as lows drop into the 20s... possibly impacting the Friday morning commute. The weekend still looks mainly cloudy and there's a growing possibility of rain/snow mix on Sunday.

Chilly conditions linger into early next week but a "warming" trend into the 50s heading into Thanksgiving. This "warm" up likely comes with increasing odds of showers for Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

Messy Thursday Morning Commute


The filtered sun today is the quiet before a wintry mess tonight into Thursday. Afternoon highs remain unseasonably cold in the mid-30s... some 20° below average. No road issues to worry about this evening.

Latest guidance suggests a mix of snow/sleet arriving from south-to-north between midnight and 3 AM. As this happens, road conditions deteriorate going into the Thursday morning commute... with the snow/sleet mix transitioning to a period of freezing rain.

Please use caution if driving or even walking early Thursday as untreated surfaces likely become icy for several hours before 9 AM.

From 9 AM to noon... we're expecting freezing rain to transition to a rain/snow mix but surface temperatures creeping above freezing. This allows any icy roads to become mainly wet for the afternoon/evening commute. Precipitation rates later in the day should be mainly light but areas of dense fog may slow down driving.

Total snow accumulations for much of the region are expected to be in the one to two inch range with ice amounts of .03" to locally .10". Please note that less mixing would result in more two to four inch snow totals. We'll adjust as needed. At this time the area we think sees less sleet/ice is western Indiana and the area of most ice/rain is southeast Indiana.

Some refreezing seems likely Thursday night as lows drop into the 20s... possibly impacting the Friday morning commute. The weekend still looks mainly cloudy and there's a growing possibility of rain/snow mix on Sunday.

Chilly conditions linger into early next week but a "warming" trend into the 50s heading into Thanksgiving. This "warm" up likely comes with increasing odds of showers for Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

Wintry Mix Likely Thursday


The cold open to November continues with below normal "highs" near freezing this afternoon. That's actually colder than the average low for this time of year. This is coldest start to November since 1997. That trend carries over the next 5 days with "highs" remaining closer to the average low than average high.

Clouds continue to decrease this evening with wind chills in the teens. The brisk wind eases overnight and out-the-door temperatures Wednesday morning are in the teens. Wednesday shapes up as a bright but cold day with highs only topping-out in the middle 30s.

We're still on target for a messy Thursday as weather system moves in from the south. This feature has more moisture to "play" with and likely brings widespread snow and sleet Central Indiana...with the potential of some freezing rain too. Accumulations are likely but it's too early to determine exact amounts due to uncertainty of storm track, temperature profiles, and how (if any) mixing of sleet/freezing rain occurs.

But several inches are possible with impacts to the Thursday morning commute. Winter Weather Advisories may be needed due to these potential travel impacts. Please check back for forecast updates.

Friday remains sunny but chilly with highs near 40 then we're back to mainly cloudy conditions this weekend.

Another Wintry Mix Thursday - Live Doppler 13 Weather Blog


Snow has exited Central Indiana leaving behind up to 0.5" of snow in northern Indiana and areas of slick spots on roads elsewhere.

The sky will continue to clear out today but it remains cold with temperatures only rebounding to 32-34° this afternoon.

Factor in a cold northwest wind at 5-10 mph... and the wind chill will be even colder than the air temperature holding steady in the teens this morning and the mid 20s this afternoon.

The unseasonably cold air continues for Wednesday with some sunshine. Highs in the mid 30s -- average is still in the mid 50s!

Looking ahead at Thursday...

Temperatures start in the upper 20s as the first bit of moisture moves in to southern Indiana. A wintry mix will be possible just as the morning rush begins.

We'll see a brief batch of snow as temperatures warm just above freezing changing our precipitation over to a rain/wintry mix in the afternoon.

After 5pm, temperatures fall again changing our rain mix back into snow showers for Thursday evening.

This system exits late Thursday but could bring some minor snowfall accumulation. Plan ahead for travel delays throughout the day into Friday morning.

The pattern remains active into the weekend as yet another round of a rain/snow returns late Saturday ...possibly lingering through the day on Sunday based on the latest forecast models.

Check back for the weekend outlook to get the latest updates!

Snow Accumulation Tonight Is First Of Several Wintry Systems This Week


Thus far the cloudy, but mainly dry, forecast today is on target. Live Doppler 13 Radar shows returns in western Indiana... and this is the area that gets precipitation first. It's also an area of better lift associated with a front and where it's more probable to get 1"-2" snow accumulation.

Around the metro area, drier air at the surface not only prolongs the onset of precipitation... but it also limits snow totals. It still appears most places around Indy get under an inch between 8pm today and 7am Tuesday.

However, it should be noted that slick spots are very possible during the Tuesday morning commute as temperatures drop into the upper 20s and scattered lake effect snow showers move across the region.

School delays seem possible in north-central Indiana where snow amounts could be maximized from lake effect. This is especially true for White, Miami, Howard, Wabash, Huntington counties.

Another big weather story Tuesday morning will be stinging wind chills in the teens for several hours. We do expect a brightening sky to finish the day as the influence of Lake Michigan shuts down but chilly "highs" only near freezing.

We're still monitoring a potential wintry system to impact the area on Thursday. Though it remains several days out and much uncertainty on its exact path, intensity, and local impacts.

The third system this week could impact Saturday afternoon/evening plans with a quick-moving disturbance. Please check back frequently for timing and forecast changes.

First Widespread Snowfall Tonight - Live Doppler 13 Weather Blog


Most of our Monday will be spent under a cloudy sky with unseasonably cold temperatures. Highs reach near 40 with our wintry system moving in mainly after the evening commute.

A stray rain shower will be possible in the afternoon as temperatures will still be above freezing. Here's 5pm...

By 7pm, a cold front will begin to push through Central Indiana.

The first few snowflakes fall on the western side of the state from Rockville to Crawfordsville.


Snow begins to fill-in through the evening, especially for areas north of I-70. Scattered snow continues into the overnight and will clear out by the Tuesday morning commute.

Snow timeline...

Snow showers build in from Terre Haute up through Boone and Hamilton counties all the way through Fort Wayne. Here's 9pm...

Scattered snow showers continue through midnight as the cold front begins to push east.

Besides a few lake-enhanced snow showers across the northern part of the state, snow will be out of Central Indiana by daybreak Tuesday.

IMPACTS... when to be weather-aware:

Timing: 7 pm - 2 am Tuesday

Hazard: first accumulating snow of the season although most places see 1" or less

Impact: Be prepared for slick roads beginning this evening lasting through early Tuesday


The sky clears Tuesday afternoon and temperatures remain very cold with highs only near freezing.

Another chance of snow arrives Thursday.

We start to a rain mix through the day changing to snow Thursday evening. Minor snow accumulation will again be possible, plan ahead for Thursday night and Friday morning travel.

The pattern remains unseasonably cold and winter-like with another chance of snow to start next weekend.

Period Of Mostly Light Snow Monday Evening into Tuesday Morning


Another cold night on deck in Central Indiana as low temperatures drop into the 20s.

There's slight chance of flurries Monday, but most of the daylight hours are mainly cloudy and cold. A quick-hitting system spreads snow into Central Indiana Monday evening.

Though it may initially mix with rain...much of what falls between Monday 7pm and 7am Tuesday is frozen.

Accumulations around Indy should be less than one inch with lighter amounts south and 1"-2" potential along/north of a Crawfordsville-Noblesville-Muncie line. Temperatures eventually drop into the 20s Tuesday morning and it's possible some slick spots could develop... especially in northern Indiana where some lake effect snow showers may linger. But overall this should be a minimal impact system.

Tuesday looks chilly with highs in the 30s and the rest of the week remains much colder than average. Latest guidance suggests the potential of rain/snow showers Thursday but confidence is rather low being four days out - Sean Ash