Rainfall Totals Increasing For Saturday Evening-Night

January 11th, 2013 at 10:08 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

It was a warm day with highs in the middle 50s to 60 degrees.  As of 10 p.m., it is still running in the 50s & areas that briefly dropped into the upper 40s in our northeast have risen back to the 50s.

Temperatures will remain fairly steady tonight with slight drop to 47-52 for overnight lows.

Winds have gusted to 32 mph today in the area after 0.50-1″ rainfall lastnight.  Creeks were near flood stage earlier today with the snow melt & then rainfall.  With another round of rainfall coming, Wabash will crest a bit above flood stage early next week.  HOWEVER, the cresting may increase, as new data is tending to increase rainfall totals some for this next round.  As a matter of fact, 1-1.75″ looks likely from the next round alone after our 0.5-1″ this morning.  So, by the time all is said & done, precipitation will amount to 1.5-2.75″ of rainfall viewing area-wide.

River information here………….

Indianapolis WFO:  http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=ind

North Webster WFO:  http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=iwx

Chicago WFO:  http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=lot

Icy mix is possible Sunday morning with sleet, freezing rain & snow with the best potential of decent accumulations northwest of Lafayette.  Gusty winds of up to 35 mph are possible Saturday night-Sunday morning, as well.  The difference between 0.5″ glaze & sleet & 1-4″ snow to very little is sharp.  Right now it appears accumulations may be very light southeast of Lafayette, but increase quite a bit as you move northwest of Lafayette.  Now there are still outlying models that put most of the ice & snow in Illinois & very little in the viewing area.  This is such a tedious forecast & any shift would either bring the impressive ice & snow accumulations well into the viewing area or keep it more in eastern Illinois.

We need to watch this very closely.

We also need to watch Monday.  Data suggests a band of 2-4″ of snowfall in southern Indiana into Kentucky with sleet & freezing rain.  Some accumulation is possible as far north as Indianapolis.  We need to watch this to make sure it does not shift northwestward, as there has been a slight tendency for a northwestward wobble in this evening’s data.



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