Thank you to everyone for your snow reports today! They are a big help & greatly appreciated! -Chad
+2″ reports were centered in far northern Jasper County & from Rochester to Mentone in Fulton County.
Snowfall totals from today (second map shows the snow showers in our eastern & southeastern halves):
Wind Chill Advisory in effect for Jasper, Newton, Benton for wind chills to -20 tonight-early tomorrow morning. -30 wind chills will occur in the Chicago area.
It has definitely been a colder-than-normal November & early December, but not record-breaking.
This is the coldest early December since 2010. December 2010 ended up being 6.5 degrees below normal temperature-wise & the snow was 13.4″ above normal at WLFI.
Tonight’s low of -3 will be the coldest December weather since 2010 when we dropped to -4.5 on the 15th at WLFI.
Some snow showers continue around the area.
We hit 24.4 at WLFI, now the temperature is falling (22.3 as of 1:30 p.m.). I measured a quick dusting (trace) of snow on the snow board from snow showers 12-12:45 p.m. & there is some more light snow falling.
Additional snow showers upstream will add to this today.
Up to 2.5″ has fallen in our far north, while I received a report of 1″ at Logansport & 0.5″ at Kokomo with the snow still falling.
Snow showers will end & skies will clear this evening. With clearing skies & abundant snow pack to our north & northwest as an Arctic airmass rolls in, temperatures will plumment. Northwest winds will drop wind chill to -20 to -10 across the area by early tomorrow morning. Areas around Chicago may see wind chills reach -30. There, Wind Chill Advisory is in effect, but even here the wind chill will be borderline advisory tomorrow morning. This will result in dangerous cold to exposed skin.
Bit of sleet Friday night will quickly change to snow with snow ending by Saturday midday, per latest data.
2-4″ looks likely with potential of a 4-7″ band developing, however, it is unclear where this band would set up IF it appears it will form.
Snow showers are are possible next Wednesday, as well (Alberta Clipper). That snow currently looks minor.
Jim measured 1.5″ of snow at Kentland & I have received reports from Newton, Jasper, Pulaski & Fulton counties of anywhere between 1 & 2.5″ of snow.
The highest total I have received is 2.5″ 3 miles northwest of DeMotte.
Snow continues across Pulaski, Fulton, parts of White, Cass, Miami & Carroll counties. Up to 1″ has fallen in Miami & Cass counties. Fulton & Cass County Airports are all reporting snow with visibilities of 1-1.5 miles.
As for areas in the south & southwest that have not received snow, some snow showers & flurries are possible this afternoon as they pivot in from the north, but accumulations will be less than 1″.
Lows tonight will drop -7 to 0 with wind chills as low as -15. Highs Thursday will run only in the 13-18 range.
In terms of Friday night-part of Saturday, looks like perhaps a bit of sleet at first, then all snow. 2-4″ looks good area-wide with potential of a 4-7″ band.