Thunder rolled, and over an inch of rain fell overnight in Indianapolis, Colder air is slowly sinking southeastward. Lafayette switched from rain to snow at 6am. Snow totals from around Lafayette to Kokomo and Muncie should end up being 2-5 inches.
The change from rain to snow won’t arrive until around 8am in the Indy area, where final totals could be anywhere from 1-3 inches. An inch or less is expected from Terre Haute over to Bloomington and Columbus. Snow will start and start later at Richmond, where 1-3 inches is also forecast.
The Weather Service is maintaining its Winter Weather Advisory, generally from I-70 northward. This is not strictly for snow amounts, but for the possibility of snow being whipped by wicked winds gusting to 45 mph. There is also a Wind Advisory in place, for all of central Indiana. Both Advisories run until 4pm. That part of Indiana north of Logansport to Marion is under a Winter Storm Warning, and up to 6 inches could fall around Marion, and up to 8 inches around South Bend.
Temperatures tumble today, hitting the 20’s this afternoon, and down eventually to the upper single digits tonight, with sub-zero wind chills. Consider this: afternoon wind chills today will be in the teens, where we had temps in the upper 60s yesterday. Indy’s high of 68 was the warmest reading since October 18 of last year.
And to answer several online questions: this kind of change certainly isn’t unusual for Indiana in March. It was 67 on March 10 last year, and that was followed by four days of at least a little light snowfall.
HIGHS YESTERDAY (If you’d rather live in the past)
72 Bloomington, Shelbyville
66 Muncie, Richmond
Thursday and Friday will be dry, although a few light showers are possible Friday night. Sunday’s looking dreary. Colder, with a few rain and snow showers. I still think St. Patrick’s Day will be dry and cold.
The average high today is 50 and the average low is 32. The records are 76 and -5. The sun rises at 8:01 and it sets at 7:49.
PAUL’S PREVIOUS PREDICTION:
Yesterday’s high was 68. My forecast was 65.
Today: Rain changes to snow in the morning, perhaps with a period of sleet in between. Totals of 1-3 inches by early afternoon. Wind gusting to 45 mph! Temps fall into the 20s by afternoon.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 10.
Thursday: Partly sunny. High 34.
Thursday Night: Mostly clear. Low 32.
Friday: Mostly sunny. High 58.
Friday Night: Slight chance of light showers. Low 35.
Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 54.
Saturday Night: Partly cloudy. Low 26.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow showers. High 35.
Sunday Night: Snow showers. Low 24.
Monday: Clouds decreasing. COLD. High 35.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy. Low 29.
Tuesday: Chance of rain and snow showers. High 53.