2:55PM: NWS will downgrade the Blizzard Warning to a Winter Weather Advisory shortly. It will still go to 7p.
WLFI TV in West Lafayette is up to 3-4 inches of snow.
2:00PM: WIKI-POTEETIA: Visibility hasn’t been above a mile at Indy since before 7am. WInd chill’s been between 14-17 since then.
1:30pm: Focus of accumulating snow now in northern half of state. Ft. Wayne is up to 3 inches, reports of 4 inches in Kokomo.
1:00PM: Weather Service employee measures 6 inches in Carmel.
12:00pm: NWS has noted new band of heavy snow from Spencer across the south side of Indianapolis and east to Greenfield. It is nearly stationary and could produce snow rates near a half inch per hour while it lasts.
11:40am: More reports via NWS: 11 inches in Brown County, 12″ in Greene County, also Paragon in Morgan County. Watch a two minute midday briefing: https://t.co/4fvXC9zZ.
11:00am: RT @IndySnowForce: Marion County travel status in now ‘orange’ meaning you should only travel if it is necessary.
10:40am: More totals…11″ out of Brown County and 12″ in Greene County. Two inches so far in Lafayette. Snow Emergency in Greenwood.
10:00am: Up to 7 inches now officially at NWS Indy. Three inches fell in ONE hour.
9:00am: Visibility under a mile all across central Indiana. Chills in the teens. Simon Malls, Edinburgh Outlet Mall both closed today. Eiteljorg Museum also closed. Snow could be heavy until about 1-3pm this afternoon.
8:50am: NWS relays report of 6 inches as of 8:30am in Bargersville. Trained spotter reports 5″ of snow in Bedford (Lawrence County) as of 8:52am.
8:30am: Indy official snow total as of 8am is two inches..so far. Mount Carmel, Ill., reporting 11 inches of snow to National Weather Service.
8:00am: within last half hour…
RT @tsmith581: @PaulPoteet (Franklin) 7:40am 3in… 7:50am 3.5in… It’s coming down fast and crazy here #blizzard2012
RT @AshleyMarie88: @PaulPoteet just heard thunder in Franklin. Pretty neat.:
7:30am: Vincennes COOP observer has 7″ snowfall as of 715 am.
7:20am: FB follower Serina Kelly: “Stuck in Spencer-very bad out and got bad fast. Stay home everyone!”
7:15am: Quick half-inch of snow and visibility dropped to a mile from Indy Airport at 7am.
Twitter follower @SusanWagener: “Thunder snow in Bloomington!!” (Susan’s measured over 2 inches already.) Two inches reported by NWS in Seymour. The west side of Evansville has over 5 inches. Five inches also in Vincennes IN. Near zero visibility as far north as Martinsville. Expect snow to fall at an inch…maybe more…hourly at times this morning and early afternoon.
EARLIER POST AT 6AM:
In summer we say it’s not the heat…it’s the humidity. Today it’s not (just) the snow…it’s the wind.
A Blizzard Warning for much of central Indiana, including Indianapolis, is in effect until 7pm, part of what could be the biggest snow in almost four years.
Conditions will deteriorate rapidly as an area of low pressure moves northeastward. The system is so intense that “thundersnow” is possible.
Final amounts could be up to 10 inches in most places, driven by northeast winds gusting to 40 mph. I think up to 6 inches could fall around Lafayette and up to 8 inches in the northeast part of the state around Marion. Farther north and northwest only 1-3 inches is expected in South Bend.
Those winds quickly caused whiteout conditions early morning in southern Indiana.
The southeast side of Bloomington got two inches of a snow in an hour, and one to two inches per hour is possible as the snow moves in through the morning.
The snow will lessen in intensity throughout the afternoon. The wind will let up a bit tonight and be closer to 10 mph by tomorrow.
If Indy makes it to ten inches that will be more from one snow event than the entire winter of 2011-2012. The last big snow storm on record produced 1.26 inches on January 28, 2009.
The average high today is 36 and the average low is 22. Records are 67 and -5. The sunrise time is 8:05 and the sun sets at 5:27.
DETAILED INDIANAPOLIS FORECAST:
BLIZZARD WARNING UNTIL 7pm. Today: Snow, accumulating 5-10 inches by tonight. Wind: NE 20-30 gusting to 40mph causing blowing and drifting. High 32.
Tonight: Blowing snow in the evening. Low 20.
Thursday: Mostly to partly cloudy. High 29.
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy. Low 16.
Friday: Increasing cloudiness. High 33.
Friday Night: Chance of snow. Low 22.
Saturday: Chance of snow. High 31.
Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy. Low 16.
Sunday: Partly cloudy. High 27.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy. Low 17.
Monday: Mostly cloudy. High 30.
New Years Eve: Chance of light snow. Low 21.
New Years Day: Chance of light snow. High 30.