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  • Weekend Improvements…

    Highlights:

    • Chilly Saturday
    • Brighter Sunday
    • Unsettled week ahead

    Improving Weekend Weather…The second half of the weekend will most certainly be more pleasant than the way we’re opening up.  Expect mostly cloudy skies with a potential quick-hitting shower, especially from Indianapolis and points northeast through the afternoon hours.  Drier air will then push in this evening and help set-up a very pleasant Sunday.  After a chilly Saturday, lower 50s sure will feel nice with that sunshine Sunday.

    Unfortunately, we won’t be able to hang onto the sunny conditions for long.  Clouds increase Monday and evening showers develop.  Tuesday is a transition day and we’ll include mention of showers Tuesday morning before drier, colder air builds south Tuesday night and Wednesday.

    A fast transition to a moist southerly flow will greet us for the latter portions of the week and we’ll ramp up shower and thunderstorm chances Thursday PM into Friday as a cold front approaches.  It’ll also be very windy (non-thunderstorm gusts of 40 MPH+).

    Upcoming 7-Day Precipitation Forecast:

    • Snowfall: 0.00″
    • Rainfall: 0.50″ – 1.00″

    Our friend, Moe, sent these images from earlier in the week just north of Frankfort.  Despite the unseasonably cold weather we’ve been dealing with, these shots, separated only by a few hours, illustrate the power of that increasingly high March sun angle.


  • More On This Week…

    It was a record snowfall officially at IND where a storm total of 7.9″ was recorded (5.9″ accumulated since midnight). Many other 8″ type amounts are common throughout the heart of central Indiana- including right here at the IndyWx.com HQ.  Yours truly ventured out through the village of Zionsville this afternoon.  Simply beautiful!

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    We have a busy weather week upcoming and wanted to touch base on a few items of note:

    1.) Freezing rain and potential slick travel will be possible very late Monday night into Tuesday morning.  Moisture will attack from the southwest and run into an impressive snowpack currently in place across central Indiana.  Despite warmer air moving in aloft, surface temperatures will remain cold enough through late Tuesday morning to allow precipitation to fall in the form of sleet and freezing rain Tuesday morning.  It appears as if enough freezing rain could accumulate to result in slick travel throughout the region.  While temperatures will “warm” into the lower 40s Tuesday afternoon, this is a far cry from the lower 50s modeling tried to suggest a few days ago.  Furthermore, cold air will quickly rush back in here Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

    2.) Accumulating snow threat for the southern half of the state Wednesday into Thursday. Additional “energy” will round the base of a digging trough over the southern and central Plains states Wednesday. This will help ignite a surface low along the front and temporarily lead to the front stalling out just to our south and east.  It’ll be close as to just how far north the accumulating snow shield makes it across southern and central Indiana, but will require  a close eye in the coming day or two.  We note some of our more reliable modeling placing central and southern portions of the state “under fire” for additional accumulating snow.

    3.) Serious and potentially record cold returns this week.  Yet ANOTHER blast of bitterly cold air will plunge into the area Wednesday night into Thursday.  With snow on the ground, it’s possible this direct discharge of arctic air is even colder than what some data might suggest at this time.  As it is already, we think some central Hoosier neighborhoods deal with sub-zero air in the Thursday/ Friday morning time frame.  Thursday’s high will only manage to climb into the teens across the region.  (Keep in mind the average low is 28 and average high is 45).  Just amazing stuff!


  • Early Morning Freezing Rain For Some; Watching Sunday-Monday…

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    Slick Spots For Some; Accumulating Late Weekend Snow?  A fast-moving disturbance will move through the region during the overnight/ wee morning hours and provide light rain for most of central Indiana, but areas just north of the city will deal with an icy mixture of sleet and freezing rain (be watchful of slick spots if traveling north Tuesday morning).  Sunshine will make a quick return and “work” on our temperatures to help boost afternoon highs into the middle 40s (once again :-))!  Another fast-moving weather maker will arrive late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning with mixed light rain and light snow.  Again, light is the key word.

    Colder, but drier weather will build in for the midweek stretch.  The next weather item on the agenda will be a more vigorous clipper system that will slide southeast and result in increasing cloudiness Saturday night into Sunday morning followed by snow overspreading the region Sunday morning.  Accumulating snow is possible Sunday afternoon into Monday morning and will require fine tuning in the days ahead.  Precise track of the clipper system will determine where little, if any, snow falls and potentially several inches.  Stay tuned.  Regardless of the snow potential over the weekend, the stage is set for a MUCH colder time of things next week…

    Upcoming 7-Day Precipitation Forecast:

    • 7-Day Rainfall Forecast: 0.10″ – 0.20″
    • 7-Day Snowfall Forecast: 1″ – 3″

    Longtime viewer and friend of IndyWx.com, Rick Ehrhardt, sent this fantastic Monday evening sunset from the Avon area.  Thanks, Rick!

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  • Collection Of Spectacular Central Indiana Sunsets!

    The evening provided quite the beautiful sunset across north-central Indiana and many photos came in showing it off!  As always, please share your weather photos with us on Twitter (@indywx) or via e-mail at bill@indywx.com!

    Kevin Jackson shared this awesome sunset from Zionsville.
    Kevin Jackson shared this awesome sunset from Zionsville.
    John Salewicz took this awesome sunset photo in Zionsville earlier this evening.
    John Salewicz took this awesome sunset photo in Zionsville earlier this evening.
    We took this photo off the IndyWx.com observation deck earlier this evening.
    We took this photo off the IndyWx.com observation deck earlier this evening.


  • Wintry Feel For Halloween…

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    Mid Week Sunshine…Though our northern counties will deal with periods of cloudiness into the afternoon, most of the region will enjoy lots of sunshine and cool, crisp temperatures (below normal levels).  Most neighborhoods will see frost tonight with many dipping into the middle 30s.

    After a sunny start Thursday, skies will cloud up and a couple sprinkles will be possible during the afternoon hours.  Temperatures will remain cool.

    Wintry Feel; Light Snow For Halloween…A secondary push of early season arctic air will invade for Halloween, including trick-or-treat, itself.  After an early high in the middle 40s, temperatures will fall through the day and developing light rain will begin to mix with and transition to light snow Friday evening.  Though we’re not forecasting widespread accumulating snow, it wouldn’t surprise us to see a few reports of a dusting to “coating” type accumulation reports atop cars and roof tops.  Needless to say, with falling temperatures, rain to snow, and gusty winds, plan to dress warm while out and about Friday evening.  Wind chill values will fall into the 20s throughout Friday evening.

    Weekend Hard Freeze…Back-to-back hard, killing freezes can be anticipated Saturday and Sunday mornings.  Though we’ll introduce weekend sunshine into the forecast, it won’t help the temperature department all that much as highs remain 15-20 degrees below average.

    Early Week Storm System…Our next weather maker will arrive Tuesday and produce a rather rainy, chilly day.  Early indications suggest light to moderate rainfall totals Tuesday.

    Upcoming 7-Day Precipitation Forecast:

    • 7-Day Rainfall Forecast: 0.50″ – 0.75″
    • 7-Day Snowfall Forecast: Dusting

    Jason Burton sent in this awesome Union City sunset shot from Monday evening.  Thank you, Jason!

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  • Frost On The Pumpkin…

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    Frosty…It’s the coldest morning for most since last May.  Frost is rather widespread here at IndyWx.com HQ this morning (southern Boone county).  Thankfully, brilliant mid-Autumn sunshine will help temperatures warm into the upper 50s this afternoon (still roughly 5 degrees below average).  We’ll do it all again tonight as lows dip into the middle to upper 30s for many outlying communities.

    Weak Weather System…First, most of, if not all Thursday will be dry with increasing late day clouds.  A couple very light showers will move across central Indiana late Thursday night into early Friday.  This won’t be a big deal in the least and we’ll quickly get back to dry weather.

    Nice Weekend…A nice and dry weekend awaits with moderating temperatures.  All-in-all, it’ll be a beautiful autumn weekend.

    Warmer Ahead Of The Next Storm System…While temperatures will moderate into the lower 70s early next week, it’ll come at a cost and that will be our next chance of widespread rain and embedded storms.  We’ll get back to cooler air by the middle of next week.

    Upcoming 7-Day Precipitation Forecast:

    • 7-Day Rainfall Forecast: 0.25″ – 0.50″
    • 7-Day Snowfall Forecast: 0.00″

    John Salewicz sends in this brilliant shot of fall color that’s reaching peak across Zionsville.  Flat out awesome, John!  Thank you!

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  • Light Showers To Begin The Week Otherwise Cool And Dry…

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    Reinforcing Cool Air…After a cool weekend, a reinforcing shot of unseasonably chilly air will move into the region later this evening.  A couple sprinkles or light showers are possible both today and Tuesday, but rainfall amounts will remain light for those that do see a shower.  The bigger story will be the cool air as highs Tuesday only top out in the lower to middle 50s.  Patchy frost is possible Wednesday and Thursday mornings as skies clear and lows dip into the 30s.

    Extended Stretch Of Dry Weather…High pressure will supply lots of sunshine and an extended stretch of dry weather Tuesday night through the weekend.  Additionally, after an unseasonably chill start to the period, temperatures will moderate, reaching above normal levels over the weekend.  All-in-all, a very pleasant weekend appears to be waiting on deck.

    Upcoming 7-Day Precipitation Forecast:

    • 7-Day Rainfall Forecast: 0.10″
    • 7-Day Snowfall Forecast: 0.00″

    Interested in private weather consulting?  E-mail us at bill@indywx.com.

    This was the peak weekend for fall foliage across many central Indiana communities.  Lots of vibrant colors remain and with an overall dry, cool week upcoming we should be able to hold onto that color for a while longer.  John Salewicz sent in this beautiful photo taken in Zionsville over the weekend showcasing the color.  Thanks, John!

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  • Not The Best Of Weather To Close The Work Week…

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    Not “Chamber Of Commerce” Weather…A frontal boundary will slip through the region this evening before stalling just south of Indianapolis.  An area of low pressure will move along the front Friday while chilly Canadian high pressure to our north tries to suppress things.  The battle ground will lie across central portions of the Ohio Valley.  Pack the rain gear and the cool weather attire.

    Today, anticipate showers and rather gloomy conditions.  We’re not anticipating any sort of heavy rainfall across the region, but instead mostly light rain with embedded pockets of moderate rainfall.  Another push of rain will move into town Friday.  Heaviest rainfall should primarily fall along the I-70 corridor and points south Friday.  Total rainfall from today and Friday should range from 0.25″ to 0.50″ with some heavier totals possible downstate.

    Not A Bad Weekend…We’ll likely get some dry time in this weekend as the region remains in between weather systems over the Saturday-Sunday period.  After a mainly dry Saturday, rain chances return Sunday.

    Bigger Storm Early Next Week…A rather robust storm system will impact the region Monday night into Tuesday with heavy rain potential and the threat of strong to severe thunderstorms.  We’ll keep a close eye on things as we move through the weekend and update the forecast accordingly.

    Upcoming 7-Day Precipitation Forecast:

    • 7-Day Rainfall Forecast: 2.00″ – 3.00″
    • 7-Day Snowfall Forecast: 0.00″ 

    John Salewicz took this stellar photo of the lunar eclipse Wednesday morning.  Thanks, John!

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    Our forecast radar products show another slug of moisture aimed at a Friday AM arrival.
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  • Nice Today; Wet, Chilly Thursday On Deck…

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    Much Needed Sunshine…After several days of wet, gloomy weather, sunshine will be a welcome sight to see!  Today is easily the pick of the week with dry skies and mild temperatures.  Enjoy!

    Wet; Chilly End To The Work Week…A cold front will sink south into the area Thursday and rain will move into the state as early as the predawn hours Thursday morning.  Temperatures will actually fall Thursday afternoon and evening.  While there’s some “model mayhem” in regards to what takes place Friday, we’re currently leaning more towards the GFS/ NAM wet solution with a secondary wave of low pressure moving along the frontal boundary. Stay tuned.

    Not A Bad Weekend…We’ll have to dodge a couple rain drops over the weekend (particularly Sunday), but it won’t be a wash-out by any means.  A chilly Saturday will slowly moderate Sunday.

    Heavy Rain Event…Forecast models continue to key in on a heavy rain event impacting these parts Monday night into Tuesday of next week.  More details to come, but plan on the possibility of excessive rains across a large chunk of the Mid West and Ohio Valley at this early juncture.

    Upcoming 7-Day Precipitation Forecast:

    • 7-Day Rainfall Forecast: 2.50″ – 3.00″
    • 7-Day Snowfall Forecast: 0.00″

    Hopefully you were up early enough this morning to enjoy the lunar eclipse!  The first image is from the Brownsburg area and taken from Ronna Jessen.  Thank you, Ronna!  I also added an image taken off our back deck at 6:30 this morning.

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  • Periods Of Storms; BIG Push Of Chilly Air On The Way…

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    Changes…BIG weather changes begin today as a warm front lifts through the region.  This will lead to a warm and windy afternoon with showers and a possible rumble of thunder arriving as early as the morning rush.  Periods of showers and thunderstorms will continue this afternoon and evening, but we also want to note there will be plenty of dry time in between rain drops.  A bigger push of showers and thunderstorms will blow into town tonight into the wee morning hours Friday.  A couple of these storms may reach severe levels, especially for western communities.  Damaging straight line winds are the biggest concern.

    Showers and thunderstorms continue Friday, but the bigger weather story will become our temperatures as a MUCH colder air mass rushes into the area Friday evening on a gusty northwest wind.  Falling temperatures can be expected through the afternoon Friday so you’ll want to be sure to pack the jacket and cold weather gear tomorrow.

    Chilly Weekend…Well below normal temperatures can be expected this weekend along with unsettled conditions.  Saturday continues to look like a mostly cloudy and blustery day with periods of drizzle and/ or sprinkles.  Sunday will feature more in the way of sunshine, but caution we may also deal with widely scattered light showers.

    Timing Issues…We’ll fine tune early next week once our first storm system moves through the region. As of now, we target Tuesday as the best day of showers, but timing issues abound.  More on this later.

    Upcoming 7-Day Precipitation Forecast

    • 7-Day Rainfall Forecast: 1″ – 1.50″
    • 7-Day Snowfall Forecast: 0.00″

    John Salewicz sent in this great sunset photo on the Carmel/ Zionsville line Wednesday evening. Thanks, John!

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