Snowfall varied from 1.3″ to 5″, according to our spotter reports. The data/color scheme on the map is based on Precision Doppler radar estimates of snowfall accumulation in the area. Thanks to everyone for sending your information!
I am missing reports for some areas & trying to fill in the holes of the map. Any snowfall report from Carroll, Montgomery, Pulaski & Fulton County would be very helpful.
It was another bright and early morning. As I got up and looked out of my hotel window I saw that it was snowing. As beautiful as it might have been, I was unhappy. With everything that I am trying to accomplish, the snow will make it much harder!
But it didn’t slow me down. I was able to get a quick bite to eat for breakfast. I then loaded up my gear and made the hike in the snow to shoot a few things for a story that is running at noon. I spoke with Caleb TerBush and Antavian Edison about their excitement to be playing in their first bowl game of their careers. As you could imagine, they are pretty excited!
My next stop this afteroon will hopefully be at the tailgate that is taking place at Ford Field. I hope to send a story back from there for the 5 and 6 tonight.
Then its time for kick-off at 4:30. I’ll be down on the field getting highlights of Purdue hopefully dominating Western Michigan! I have to give my prediction…. I think it will be a very close game actually. I am going to pick Purdue to get the win, 28-27.
After the game I will be speaking with the Purdue team and getting their reaction of the game. All of this will be on newschannel 18 at 11 p.m. So, make sure and check it out. I’ll share my thoughts tonight on how the game went. I hope they are positive thoughts!
I see three changes to the forecast. First, light snow may hang on into early, perhaps mid-afternoon before exiting.
Second, temperatures look a hair cooler, but will rise above freezing by 12 p.m. So, most of the driving issues will be in the morning, as there will be much melting in the afternoon with highs highs still at 34-39.
Third, it is taking a bit longer for this rain & rain/snow to get in here as some dry air is eating at it. It was making a straight bee-line fore us, but that leading edge has been consistently chewed up for a few hours now. I was thinking the western half would be in the rain & rain/snow mix 11 p.m. However, only Benton County is currently seeing any light rainfall right now. Northwest Warren & southern Newton County may be getting sprinkles. It will be well after midnight before most of this overspreads the viewing area, before it goes over to all wet, sticky snow.
It still appears there will be intense frontagenical, mesoscale banding in our northeast areas where some good snowfall rates may bring 4-6″. Otherwise, this is generally a 1-3″ snowfall over most of the viewing area.
It was an extremely cold pre-Christmas in 1872. The morning of Christmas Eve registered -25. Crown Point, Indiana is said to have recorded a temperature of -30°. This ranks with the Great Pre-Christmas Arctic Outbreak of 1989.
December 25, 1982
Christmas 1982 joined the ranks of Christmas 1979, 1893, 1889, 1867 & 1862 where temperatures equated or exceeded 60 degrees in the Lafayette/West Lafayette area. The mercury reached 62 on this date in ’82 to establish a new official record for the date.
December 26, 1980
At least 1” of snowfall was on the ground December 24-January 2 at West Lafayette. This was a long, cold, snowy winter of 1980-81. January 6-21 also had an unbroken stretch of snow pack. 8 of the first 13 days had low temperatures below zero in January. 1981 had a cold spring, as well. 22 of the 31 days at Lafayette had lows in the 30s & 40s in May.
It has been a mild November & especially December, but not record-breaking by any means. After the past two snowy starts to winter, the “brown” weather seems very foreign. December 2006 was even warmer & totally SNOWLESS. According to the NWS COOP station data, 2009 had a warmer Christmas (early) than what we had yesterday. A lot of the Plains & Northeast have had above-normal snowfall so far for this winter (started snowing in October).
All-time records for some counties are falling in western Asia & on the Indian subcontinent. Tropical Bangledesh just had their coldest temperature ever officially recorded in the county with 47. Most of the intense cold is locked up on that side of the world, where a lobe of warm, warm ozone layer on the other side of the North Pole is initiating cold waves. The warm stratosphere tend to lessen the strong winds around the North Pole, allow free intrusion of cold waves.
The stratosphere on our side of the world had been cold with strong, strong low pressures Greenland to northern Canada, bottling up the cold. A large subtropical ridge in the Atlantic had also helped to bottle the cold. When the Arctic has very low pressure & areas in the Atlantic have high pressure, the AO & NAO are positive (mild here).
There are indication of stratospheric warming (ozone layer), which would tend to put the AO & NAO in a more negative phase after January 7 (which promotes more troughiness & colder weather here). This may bring more potent cold waves & snow at that point. Nonetheless, we will cool to the mid 30s for highs by early next week.
I still think we will get brief, sharp, potent cold snaps this winter. However, the warmth will win out more than the cold, but the sharp crashes in temperature with the wind will likely be notable.
Tuesday will turn windy with gusts to 35 mph from the west, then northwest in the afternoon to evening.
A tight gradient will set up with Alberta Clipper to our north Wednesday through Saturday. Gusts to 25 mph are possible Wednesday, followed by gusts to 28 mph Thursday, 35 mph Friday, 40 late Saturday to Sunday & 35 mph Monday.
A clipper will likely pass Sunday with some snow & rain showers. Only very minor accumulation is possible. Another clipper may bring some minor accumulation of snow by Tuesday &/or Wednesday of next week.