- Category Archives Freezing Rain
A warm front will drape itself across north-central Indiana today and while this will serve as an ingredient in the hefty northern IN snow event, it’ll allow southerly winds to pull briefly milder air north into central parts of the state this afternoon- middle to upper 40s for many! Further downstate, highs will go north of 50° this afternoon.
Colder air will move into the region this evening as the front settles south and we get back into a north, northeasterly flow. We’ll fall to around freezing shortly after midnight and temperatures are forecast to remain nearly steady or slowly fall Saturday- upper 20s to around 30 by Saturday afternoon.
As colder air seeps back into central Indiana, waves of moisture will continue to push northeast at times through the weekend. While precipitation totals won’t be particularly impressive, it doesn’t take much freezing rain to create issues and we’ll continue to monitor things closely over the weekend.
Periods of light freezing rain and/ or sleet will develop Saturday morning.
Models differ on various solutions, but perhaps the most widespread combination of light freezing rain, sleet, and snow will arrive Saturday evening into the day on Sunday. Stay tuned!
Freezing drizzle and areas of light snow will continue into the early afternoon hours before we finally begin to dry things out.
Temperatures are in the upper 20s for most central Indiana communities this morning and it’s not until we get into the early to mid afternoon hours when we anticipate temperatures to climb to around freezing. As a result, slick conditions (especially side streets and back roads) can be expected into the afternoon and evening hours.
Overnight lows tonight will fall into the lower to middle 20s so re-freezing and slick spots on area roadways can be expected into Thursday morning.
Thankfully, a southwesterly air flow and new warming trend will develop through the day Thursday, along with a return of sunshine!
Much more later today on the developing new cold pattern…
I. Areas of light snow and freezing drizzle will continue into the overnight hours and on into Wednesday morning. Watch for slick spots overnight-Wednesday morning.
II. Clouds will finally begin to erode Wednesday night and set us up for plentiful sunshine Thursday. Along with the increasing sunshine, a southwesterly air flow will develop and assist with providing a new “warming” trend as we close the work week. Mid-40s are ahead Thursday and lower-50s Friday. A “big hair warning” is officially in effect Friday as winds gust between 30-40 MPH Friday. 🙂
III. Our next storm system arrives on the scene overnight Friday into Saturday with light rain.
IV. We’re also monitoring the possibility of a “sneaky” snow maker Sunday night into Monday in a fast northwest flow. Light snow will impact portions of the Ohio Valley, but we’ll have to fine tune things over the next few days with respect to specific track and placement of the swath of accumulating snow. Stay tuned!
- Sleet changes to snow
- New snow and wind maker Monday
- Bitter air returns
Double Shot Of Impactful Winter Weather…A mixture of sleet and freezing rain will begin to transition to snow from west to east as we progress through the late morning into the early afternoon. We don’t have any significant changes to our snowfall forecast (remember this doesn’t include the freezing rain and sleet accumulations that have led to travel issues this morning already). Embedded snow bands will likely result in enhanced snowfall rates into the early afternoon across central Indiana.
Precipitation will end for all except southeastern portions of the state by mid-to-late afternoon and then we’re left with the “clean up” from round one. Saturday and most of Sunday will feature dry and very cold conditions.
Our attention this weekend will then shift to a potent clipper system that has eyes on central Indiana late Sunday night into Monday. Snow will overspread the region during this timeframe and given the nature of this event, heavier, more intense snow bursts are also expected to accompany the fresh arctic air that will drill in here Monday evening. This will be an impactful event not only from the new falling snow, but from problems that wind and drifting will bring, along with a new batch of sub-zero temperatures. Our snowfall forecast Monday hasn’t changed since yesterday, including widespread additional amounts of 2″ to 4″.
Dry, but bitterly cold conditions return for the mid and late week stretch.
Upcoming 7-Day Precipitation Forecast:
- Snowfall: 3″ to 6″
- Rainfall: 0.00″
*Please note the 7-day precipitation forecast outlined above is for Indianapolis proper.
Just wanted to touch base on some of the latest data this evening and concern is growing around an extended period of freezing rain and sleet that will develop within a few hours, continuing through the morning rush for the majority of central Indiana. Some of our high resolution data is suggesting significant amounts of freezing rain overnight- in some cases more than one quarter inch across southwestern and central portions of the state. This is enough to create concern for the potential of downed tree limbs and power lines in spots.
Forecast radar (time stamp at 4a below) shows widespread freezing rain developing during the overnight, including the greater Indianapolis area.
The model finally suggests that freezing rain will begin to transition to sleet around the morning rush hour.
An icy mixture of sleet and freezing rain is expected to transition to snow late morning into the early afternoon hours across the region.
We suggest ensuring you charge your electronic devices and cell phones tonight in the event you lose power overnight or Friday morning. We’ll hope for a faster transition to sleet and snow than data currently suggests, but the concern is certainly present this evening for an impactful ice storm for portions of southwestern and central Indiana.
The morning commute Friday will be heavily impacted and if you don’t have to travel we recommend remaining indoors.