Dangerous Cold

January 6th, 2014 at 12:09 am by under Weather

A wind chill warning goes into effect for Indiana 1am Monday to 7pm Tuesday.  Temperatures are already in the single digits with subzero wind chills.  It just gets worse overnight as a strong northwest wind gusts up to 45 mph.  Tonight’s lows reach the negative teens, with wind chill values between -25 and -45º.  This means frostbite can occur in less than 10 minutes with any exposed skin.  High temps remain below zero for highs Monday and even Tuesday.

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A winter storm warning continues for most of central Indiana until 1am Monday.  A blizzard warning continues for extreme north-central Indiana until 7am Monday.  Conditions all across the state are near-blizzard conditions though.  Blizzard definition from the NWS: 35 mph sustained winds or more with visibility of a quarter mile or less for a period of at least 3 hours.

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Snow totals are in.  Indianapolis has 11.4″ of snow…this makes today the 2nd snowiest calendar day in Indy history.  The record is still 12.5″ set on March 20, 1924.  The maximum 24 hour snowfall total is 12.5″ set on March 24th and 25th in 1965.  The last breath of snow is pushing through Indiana now and drier air is moving in.  A few flurries linger for Monday’s forecast.  Some lake-effect snow is possible in northeastern Indiana Monday too.

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The dangerous cold remains Monday and Tuesday.  Temps increase by Wednesday to a high of 20º.  Another snow system moves in Wednesday into Thursday.  We could see some accumulation out of this one, but stay tuned.

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