A very warm day across the state today, with temperatures well in the 70s, with records being broken in South Bend and at least tied in Evansville as of this typing. There will be one more warm day on Friday with highs again in the 70s. The morning hours should be mainly sunny, but as the afternoon hours approach, so will the clouds and a strong cold front. Below is FutureCast of how the radar could look like between 4 pm Friday and 7 pm Saturday.
By the early evening hours on Friday, the cold front will be near the state border, with showers and thunderstorms near and ahead of the front. The front will quickly move across the state and bring the potential for a strong to severe storm, as winds in the 5000 to 10000 foot level will be high and these winds will easily mix down to the surface. On the back side of the low and front, winds will switch to the northeast and could gust up to 40 mph at times. As colder air moves in, rain will mix will snow at times, with lake enhanced snow possible, especially in northeast and east-central Indiana. At this time, not expecting any accumulation, however, for areas like South Bend and perhaps down to Fort Wayne, heavier snow bands will be possible that could produce a quick dusting and near whiteout conditions. The snow bands could gradually come to an end by Saturday night, but a few stray snow showers will remain possible Sunday morning. With the colder temperatures and gusty winds, wind chills will be in the 20s on Saturday, and the teens to the 20s on Sunday. This will easily be the coldest air of the season, so be sure to bundle up when heading outdoor this weekend.
Thoughts on major weather events, severe weather events, and/or changes to the company.