Winter Storm Breakdown

January 4th, 2014 at 7:32 pm by under Weather

The latest forecast model information is in…this equals higher snowfall totals.  Indianapolis will see 8″ to 12″ of snowfall Sunday, with slightly lesser amounts south and east due to the temps and more rain mixing in with the snow.

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Warning: A winter storm warning goes into effect for Indiana 4am Sunday to 1am Monday.  This is just shy of a blizzard by definition.  The blizzard definition: sustained wind of 35 mph or more, visibility of a quarter of a mile or less, and those conditions lasting 3 hours or more.

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Timing: The snow is just northwest of Indiana now.  By 11pm the first snowflakes arrive.  The heavy snow begins overnight and spreads across the state by daybreak Sunday.  Heavy snowfall continues all day into Sunday evening.  By midnight Sunday night the snow tapers off from west to east.  Wind speeds will gust up to 30 mph, leading to reduced visibility and blowing & drifting snow Sunday.

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Temperature Forecast: Temps are rather mild now in the mid 30s.  Tonight’s lows dip into the mid 20s.  Sunday morning we hit our highs, then temps fall all day until we bottom out below zero.

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Dangerous Cold: A Wind chill warning goes into effect 1am Monday to 8pm Tuesday.  Monday morning lows reach -17º, but with the wind chill it will feel like -35 to -45º!  The high temps don’t even get above zero Monday with a high of -11º.

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Extended Forecast: The sub zero temps continue into Tuesday.  Temps finally rebound to above zero by the second half of next week.  Another round of snow moves in Wednesday into Thursday.

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