Calendar=Weather? Not always, but it works today. The Winter Solstice arrived at 6:12am.
There could be another inch of snow accumulation Friday morning, especially northeast and east of Indianapolis. Most places will finish with about 2 inches of snow, with some locally higher amounts.
I think morning drivers will be able to confirm that in a hurry. And I hope you’re not in a hurry because, as expected, the snow-plus-wind combo platter is causing accidents and slide offs for the Friday morning commute. High winds have caused power outages and some drifting. The trip should be much easier this afternoon. Afternoon temps will be over 20 degrees cooler, with chills in the teens and single digits.
Winds will still gust to about 45 mph this morning, 40 mph this afternoon, and 30 mph by this evening as the center of low pressure pulls away to the northeast. The breeze should ease after midnight tonight. The weekend will be sunny and cold.
Because of that breeze a WIND ADVISORY is in place until 10am. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY also rolls until 10am.
The peak wind gust in Indianapolis yesterday was 53 mph! That was around 2pm, about the time temperatures also peaked, and a line of hail-producing storms zipped through. From there: no place to go but down, hitting 32 by 7pm, setting the stage for snow to stick.
No problems this weekend, and you White Christmas lovers will be happy to know we have at least a slight chance of rain/snow both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Signals are mixed on that system, but the prospect for snow looks much stronger Wednesday. I’m dreaming of a White Boxing Day?
The average high today is 37 and the average low is 23. Records are 67 and -21. The sunrise time is 8:03 and the sun sets at 5:24.
PAUL’S PREVIOUS PREDICTION:
Yesterday’s high was 55. The forecast was 52.
DETAILED INDIANAPOLIS FORECAST:
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY & WIND ADVISORY until 10am. Blowing snow and snow showers this morning & mostly cloudy this afternoon. West wind gusts to 45 mph in the morning, and 40 mph in the afternoon. High 29.
Tonight: Clearing & colder. Wind still gusting to 30 mph during the evening. Low 19.
Saturday: Sunny. Not as windy. High 36.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear. Low 24.
Sunday: Mostly sunny. High 39.
Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy. Low 29.
Monday: Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of showers. High 39.
Christmas Eve: Slight chance of snow showers. Low 29.
Christmas Day: Slight chance of rain and snow showers. High 37.
Tuesday Night: Slight chance of snow showers. Low 27.
Wednesday: Snow likely. High 35.
Wednesday Night: Snow likely. Low 24.
Thursday: Chance of snow showers. High 30.