Strongest Gusts Arriving…..Several Power Outages Reported……..0.5″ Snow at WLFI As of 12:50 a.m.

December 21st, 2012 at 12:34 am by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

The strongest gusts are overspreading the area with recent gust measured to 56 mph Fowler, 55 mph Harrison High School, 50 mph at WLFI & 48 mph at the Purdue Airport.  Peak gust at Fulton County Airport has been 40 mph & 39 mph at Rochester, but higher gusts will arrive there overnight.

Several power outages in the viewing area have left 9537 households without power as of 12:55 a.m., according to Duke Energy & NIPSCO.  The highest outages include:  6149 in the Kokomo area, 882 in Clinton County, 536 in Goodland & 392 in Monticello.

Snow continues with accumulations in the area anywhere between 0.1″ & 1.2″ as of 12:50 a.m.  Here at WLFI, I measured 0.5″.




Measured Gust of 55 mph Harrison High School……………Current Snowfall Totals & Measured Peak Wind Gusts

December 20th, 2012 at 11:49 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

Snowfall Totals & Wind Gusts So Far

December 20th, 2012 at 10:25 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

Very strong storm has wrapped warm air entirely around its center:  a very impressive feat.  We actually have RISEN in temperature in our northeast & did for a while in West Lafayette.  It snowed a light dusting, then it all melted, as it warmed 3 degrees in one hour (32 to 35) & just dropped to 32 with snow & 0.1″ of accumulation on the snowboard.

Snowfall Totals So Far:

Current Peak Wind Gusts:


Heaviest Rainfall In Nearly 2 Months! Update

December 20th, 2012 at 6:46 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

Interestingly, the 1.05″ of rainfall that fell today was the heaviest daily total since October 23, when 1.62″ fell.  It has certainly been quite dry since late October around here!

Snow is overspeading the area with higher wind gusts approaching.  Still looks like near 1″ will do for most of the area with 2 to perhaps 3″ amounts in the north & northeast.  Temperatures are tanking from southwest & south to northeast & north.

Gust As High As 56 mph with Cold Frontal Passage…..Now Comes the Widespread High Wind, Snow & Cold

December 20th, 2012 at 3:08 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

Gusty, strong cold front has passed with gusts as high as 56 mph near Thorntown with the shower band.

Now, cold air is howling in from the southwest & snow is gradually approaching from the southwest.

Band of highest winds is still in Illinois & is pivoting our way.  The snow, combined with the highest gusts & crashing temperatures will make for one rough evening & night to Friday morning!

Strong Cold Front Slicing Through with Strong Gusts…..45-58 mph Gusts & Sporadic Power Outages Tonight

December 20th, 2012 at 1:28 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

Strong cold front is pivoting northeastward through area with brief gusts of 45-55 mph in the southern & eastern halves of the viewing area with squally shower rain along/just ahead of it.  55 mph gusts will occur in pockets of better heating.

Gusts of 45-58 mph will occur evening-tonight with snow arriving.  Blowing snow, reduced visibility & sporadic power outages are likely.  Near 1″ to as much as 2-3″ (most likely in far north & northeast) will accumulate.  Roads will turn icy with blowing snow area-wide.

COLD FRONT GUSTS (M=Measured  E=Estimated From Spotter):

M48 mph  Crawfordsville

M47 mph  Covington

M46 mph  Attica

M45 mph  WLFI-TV

M45 mph  Frankfort

M40 mph  Purdue Airport

E40 mph  West of Odell

Bring In the Trash Cans! Quick Temperature Drop to 40s Then 30s Almost Here & High Winds On Their Way

December 20th, 2012 at 12:14 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

Just brought the trash cans in with 45-58 mph gusts on the way for evening-tonight.  Brief gusts of 45-55 mph may occur  just ahead of/on the actual front with squally shower band here early this afternoon.

Temperatures have surged to readings as high as the middle 50s as of noon & are headed there in our eastern counties that are still at 50-52.  Narrow, squally shower band with some thunder is moving into our western counties.  This is just ahead of the surging, strong cold front with a quick drop to 40s with increasing winds………..& eventually 30s to 20s.

The cold air is coming in from the southwest.  It is 54 at Pontiac, Illinois (north-central Illinois), but 36 at St. Louis.  It is in the 30s down into Arkansas, but upper 40s at South Bend, Indiana.

You will definitely notice as this front approaches & passes with the strong winds, burst of rain & colder temperatures.


55  Crawfordsville  38 mph

55  Covington  45 mph

55  Attica  43 mph

54  Frankfort  40 mph

54  WLFI-TV  39 mph

53  Purdue Airport  33 mph

53  Burlington  40 mph

53  Fowler  43 mph

52  Jasper County Airport  36 mph

52  Kokomo  43 mph

52  Rensselaer  38 mph

52  Atlanta  40 mph

52  Kokomo Municipal Airport  43 mph

51  Winamac  37 mph

51  Logansport/Cass County Airport  38 mph

50  Peru  39 mph

50  Grissom Air Reserve Base  41 mph

50  Fulton County Airport  32 mph

50  Rochester  35 mph

50  Morocco  41 mph


December 20th, 2012 at 10:24 am by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog


We are entering dry slot now after rain & thunder overnight & especially this morning with that main band of heavier rainfall & thunder.  Arctic front is coming in from the SOUTHWEST & is lining up in central Illinois as of 11:20 a.m.

Ahead of this, temperatures are rising into the 50s with wind gusts as high as 37 mph.


Front will blast through this afternoon with a narrow band of gusty showers/thunder, followed by falling temperatures & increasing winds.

Again, the cold air will roar in from the southwest, rather than traditional north or northwest direction, so it will get colder first in Fountain County & last in Fulton County.

The largest temperature drop will occur late today.


Forecast remains largely unchanged with near 1″ of snow to as much as 2-3″ in the far north & northeast.  Thinking much of that 2-3″ will be lake effect in our northeast.

The only thing I have changed is a slight increase of the wind in our far northwest & west with some gusts as high as 58 mph.  So, winds of 45-58 mph will occur in the viewing area this evening-tonight.  Wind chills will drop to as low as -6 in the viewing area tomorrow morning, while the howling winds will blow & drift about any snow, making for decreased visibility & icy roads.

Watching Day After Christmas Closely

December 19th, 2012 at 11:08 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

We need to continue to monitor the day after Christmas for icy wintry mix & perhaps some snow.  This storm looks to originate in the northwest Gulf, then take an “Inside Runner” type track from Lake Charles, Louisiana to Memphis, Tennessee & then Lafayette, Indiana.  This is normally THE track for the heaviest snows in our area, but it appears this storm will track more on top of us, than to our east (at least right now), owing to subtropical ridging to our southeast helping to push it to the west & northwest.

This could change & mean more snow than icy mix, however.  I still like the wintry mix scenario more, as of right now & really don’t like a wide, broad changeover to rain in part of the area either, given the surface high to the north bleeding in a steady supply of cold, dry air.

However, it appears the mix may end as all snow for the area.


Storm Continues to Organize & Strengthen……..Track & Timing Still Look Good with Biggest Impact Tomorrow Night

December 19th, 2012 at 9:59 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

UPDATE:  Projected peak gusts late Thursday to Friday from storm………..& updated snowfall map.

Scattered showers with isolated thunder continue to blossom across the area with slowly-rising temperatures.  We are at our high today of 44.0 degrees as of 10 p.m. at WLFI. 

Major winter storm continues to organize & strengthen as moisture surges northeastward & very potent upper & subtropical jets interact.  Further jet energy in the Rockies will continue to strengthen (deep) storm as it move towards central Illinois by tomorrow.  Surface pressure will drop to equivalent of Category 2 hurricane at 979 mb by tomorrow (near Chicago).

Here, forecast looks about the same (just very small tweaks to snowfall); showers/t’storm, band of rain/few t’storms, increasing wind, rising temperatures tonight-tomorrow morning.  Then, bit of dry slot, followed by high winds, tanking temperatures & a period of snow with around 1″ to as much as 2-3″.  Wind chills will drop below zero by Friday morning with lots of blowing & drifting snow (even if it is only 1″ to as much as 2-3″).  Wind gusts of 45-55 mph are likely tomorrow evening-tomorrow night.  The worst impacts with wind & snow will be tomorrow night around here.