Good afternoon, we are monitoring the potential for a weekend winter storm across the state. There is the potential of snowfall amounts in excess of 6 inches, but we will get into more details shortly. First, as of this post, the only headline we have going is a Winter Storm Watch in effect for Lake and Porter Counties from Saturday evening until late Sunday Night. The storm is currently still making its way off the Pacific and will move into the area by late Saturday into Sunday. While we are fairly confident in what will fall, the timing, strength, and amounts is still in question. The following is what we think could happen based off the latest model run.
Our current thinking is that areas in Northern Indiana will see mainly snowfall, with Central Indiana seeing snow initially, then a mix of sleet, snow, and freezing rain. Areas south of Indy will see a mix of rain and snow, then will turn into mainly rain. As far as snowfall potential, this is of low confidence at this time, thinking the greatest snowfall totals will be Northern Indiana, where 4 to 6 inches of snowfall is possible, with lesser amounts towards I-70, along with the potential of sleet and ice accumulations. South of Indy will see mainly rainfall. The final part is the timing based off the latest forecast models.
FutureCast begins at 7 pm Saturday where the first of the snow could move into northwest Indiana. This activity will mainly be confined to Northern Indiana. The main area will move through the area Sunday morning, with areas of freezing rain moving across Central Indiana by early Sunday afternoon, with rain to the south, and snow to the north. All precip could be heavy at times. Can't rule out a few thunderstorms for far Southern Indiana. Any rain or mixed precipitation could change back over to snowfall before ending late Sunday night into early Monday morning.
A lot can indeed change between now and Saturday night. We will continue to monitor this very closely as there's still a lot of unknowns. Any shift to the north or south could mean a change in both precipitation types and amounts.
Thoughts on major weather events, severe weather events, and/or changes to the company.