A few lighter scattered areas of rain remain in our region, with a heavier area southwest near Vincennes, IN. A flash flood watch is still in effect for much of southern Indiana. Temperatures range from the upper 60s to upper 70s across the state as well.
Picture perfect end to the weekend will give way to a slight notch up in humidity and storm chances as we head back to work this week.
A mixture of sun and clouds will breezy conditions at times. Highs will top out in the mid to upper 70′s. A few 80′s will be possible south of Indianapolis. Should be a perfect weather for opening day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Clouds will increase during the overnight. A stray sprinkle or two can’t be ruled out. Temperatures will be a little more mild overnight, dipping into the mid to upper 50′s.
A slow moving cold front will swing into the state, sparking showers and storms across central Indiana from the northwest. A few isolated showers might be possible for the morning drive, but rain chances will be more numerous by late morning into the afternoon. Highs will top out in the lower 80′s.
There is a “marginal” risk of severe storms north of Indianapolis. Large hail with damaging winds will be the main concern with any strong storm that develops Monday afternoon.
Rain chances will continue into Monday night, through Tuesday morning. The boundary will eventually lift north of central Indiana, leaving us dry for the middle of the week.
Numbers will remain well above average, topping out at or just above 80 starting Monday. Humidity will ramp up just a bit beginning Monday afternoon, setting up a very summer like pattern.
All of the regulars are on hand today as the Indiana Week in Review panel tackles the final week of the General Assembly. The topics:
- The state budget
- The beginning of the 2016 race for governor
- How this will be remembered as the RFRA session
- The failure of the soccer stadium bill
- A preview of the mayoral primary in Carmel
- Winners and Losers in the General Assembly
Slow moving system will bring showers and storms to the area to kick off our weekend. A slow warm up will take place as we head back to work next week.
On & off morning showers will fill in to more steady rain during the mid day to afternoon hours. A few thunderstorms could be possible, especially south of Indianapolis. North of the city, it will be a cool, steady dose of rain through the day.
Areas south of a Bloomington to Columbus line are under a slight risk for severe storms. Damaging winds and large hail will be the primary threat for any strong storm that develops.
Showers will move out during the mid to late evening hours. Clouds will slowly break during the overnight hours. Temperatures will fall quickly, with many areas north of Indianapolis falling to the mid 30′s.
Dry conditions and warmer temperatures to wrap up the weekend. Highs will top out in the low to mid 60′s.
Warming Next Week:
Quiet weather pattern setting up for the work week. Temperatures will hold in the low 60′s through the start of the week. Scattered rain chances on Wednesday will initiate a warm up for the end of the week. Highs for Thursday and Friday will return to near normal levels – mid to upper 60′s. We should start to see 70′s returning by next weekend.
Scattered showers will turn to steady moderate rain through the day. Temperatures will likely stay in the upper 40s to low 50s.
Up to an inch of rainfall could be possible throughout central Indiana.
Thunderstorms may also mix in with the rain, but the better chances will be much farther south.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning in effect until 4:30pm for Brown, Monroe, Morgan, Owen counties.
Olympic gold medal winner Greg Louganis came to Indianapolis for a book signing but agreed to appear before the City County Council on Monday night to advocate for gay rights.
On Tuesday he attempted to be in attendance at a Mike Pence news conference before a member of the governor’s staff kicked him out.
Louganis was waiting in a hallway when a member of Brian Bosma’s staff came to invite him to the House Speaker’s office.
He watched the news conference there along with other GOP leaders and gay rights activist Rick Sutton.
Louganis posed for a selfie with the Speaker and for other photographs and, at one point, his dog sat on the Speaker’s lap.
Bosma talked about it Thursday.
“Personal sports hero to me,” he said. “I watched him dive many times and he shared with me the personal hurt that he felt when he heard the incorrect message that Indiana supported discrimination.”
Sutton says that the Louganis visit with the Speaker was a key moment in this week’s debate.
He believes it contributed to Bosma’s decision to pursue legal protections for gays and lesbians.
“I think it was his belief that if he could help people understand a little bit how we felt, it might help,” said Sutton of Louganis. “And he told them how he felt when he heard about the legislation as someone who had visited here over 30 years and always felt welcome, and he ended by saying that he came here out of love and he wanted to make sure they understood that.”
Louganis got an apology from Bosma and, by the way, he also got an apology from the governor.
He was invited to Mike Pence’s office on Wednesday morning, and according to Sutton, had a pleasant visit.
Temperatures will drop into the single-digits and near 0 overnight before our much-anticipated warm up begins.
Mostly clear skies, along with dry air and calming winds will be the perfect setup for cold temperatures overnight. Winds will go to calm just before daybreak, and temperatures will likely drop to near 0 for many locations. The city will likely stay slightly warmer, around 5 degrees.
After a cold start, it will take every ounce of sunshine to get our temperatures into the upper 20s to low 30s. High pressure is building in and that will keep skies clear for most of the day, though a few clouds can’t be ruled out. Lows drop back to near 20.
A weak system will swing through the Great Lakes, and while it won’t bring precipitation to central Indiana, it will bring a few clouds. Partly cloudy skies are expected most of Saturday with highs warming to near 40. More clouds are possible overnight with lows dropping into the upper 20s.
Partly cloudy and continuing to warm up. Highs in the low 40s. Lows in the upper 20s.
High pressure builds in yet again which means sunshine will stay with us most of the day. Highs into the mid 40s with lows in the upper 20s.
Much warmer with highs reaching the 50s for the first time in nearly a month. Partly cloudy and not as cold overnight. Lows near freezing.
Rest of Next Week:
Mostly sunny to partly cloudy with highs in the 50s to near 60. Overnight lows in the 30s.
Lows tonight will dip below zero. Rivaling an old record in Indy. Wind chills will be in the teens and 20s below zero through early Monday. A wind chill advisory has been issued for all of central Indiana. Not much of a warm up can be expected Monday. After a bitter cold start to the day highs will be in the low teens. High pressure will dominate keeping conditions quiet and dry. Tuesday, a front moves in and it will trigger light snow late in the day. Highs through the week will continue to stay cold and well below normal.
Tonight: Partly cloudy and cold. Low -5
Monday: Cold. Partly cloudy. High 12
Tuesday: Increasing clouds with light snow. High 24
Some clearing is possible overnight from the north allowing for temperatures to drop before daybreak.
Temperatures have held in the mid 20s all night, but with clearing skies temperatures will drop into the upper 10s and 20s by morning.