I went ahead & kept a few flurries/brief snow showers in the forecast for the overnight with overcast skies. With lows in the upper 20s, some slick spots are possible on the wet pavement or any thin veneer of snow that resides here & there.
Temperature should rise above freezing by 10 -11 a.m.
A historic snowstorm affected Indiana January 21, 1867. Heavy snow with temperatures in the 20s & breezy conditions resulted in blowing/drifting, poor visibility & all travel ground to a halt.
12″ or more of snowfall fell nearly state-wide, making this an exceptional storm. Nearly 2 FEET fell in the southwestern third of the state. It was regarded as the heaviest snowstorm at Indianapolis “in forty years”.
Lafayette reported 14″ with 3-4′ drifts, while Plymouth received 12″, Logansport 14″, but Chicago 4″. Winchester & Brookville, Indiana to Dayton Ohio all reported 12″, as did Bloomington, Indiana. Evansville measured 17″ & Louisville 15″.
Columbus & Cleveland, Ohio all measured 8″, while the St. Louis area reported 18-20″, the heaviest snowstorm in that area since 1837.
Nearly 2 FEET reportedly fell at Springfield, Illinois.
The precipitation reportedly fell AS ALL SNOW at all of these locations, making this system unique. I have seen winter storms dump 1.50-3″ of liquid, but it is usually snow, freezing rain & sleet all together, rarely snow. That kind of water was likely produced by this system & the mechanics allowed an all snow event.
Similar system dumped up to 36″ of snowfall on southern Indiana in December 2004, but it was not as widespread as this one. However, it was similar the fact that the ENTIRE DURATION of the heavy precipitation event was ALL SNOW.
This is the great, historic North American major winter storm/blizzard January 29-February 3, 2010.
In our area, it dumped freezing rain of up to 0.30″ ice accretion, up to 4″ of sleet & 15″ of snow. Completely water-logged with tremendous lift, it produced thunder & lightning over several of our counties. The winds caused drifts of snow in our north of up to 5′.
Such a scope was likely the 1867 storm.
Historic snowfall occurred at San Antonio, Texas. This reportedly caused great issues in the cattle country of south-central Texas at the time. 6″ of snowfall fell in central Missouri with 10″ in Arkansas. Then, the widespread, major snowfall in our area to Detroit, back to Kentucky fell.
Then, some amazing things happened. This stormed seemed to reform into meteorological bomb on the East Coast after a trek from northern Mexico to the Ohio Valley.
32″ of snow, accompanied by thunder & lightning, fell in 30 hours in Delaware as the water-logged storm blew up into one of the great Nor’Easters of East Coast weather history.
24″ of snow fell in the Boston area with drifts to 8′. 20″ fell in New Haven Connecticut with 8′ drifts 20′ long. Over 12″ fell in Central Park, New York with drifts to 3′ in depth.
Up to 36″ fell just inland.