December 21st, 2012 at 12:34 am by Chad Evans 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″.
December 20th, 2012 at 10:25 pm by Chad Evans 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:
December 20th, 2012 at 6:46 pm by Chad Evans 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.
December 20th, 2012 at 3:08 pm by Chad Evans 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!
December 20th, 2012 at 1:28 pm by Chad Evans 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
December 20th, 2012 at 12:14 pm by Chad Evans 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.
CURRENT TEMPERATURES & PEAK GUSTS SO FAR………….
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 Chad Evans under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog
DRY SLOT, WINDY & WARM………….
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.
ARCTIC FRONT IN ILLINOIS………..COMING FROM THE SOUTHWEST………….
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 LARGELY UNCHANGED…………ONE SMALL TWEAK WITH THE WIND………….
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.
December 19th, 2012 at 11:08 pm by Chad Evans 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.
December 19th, 2012 at 9:59 pm by Chad Evans 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.