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The White Death is Arriving Later Today

Paul Poteet
ISR Meteorologist

INDIANAPOLIS - Our latest, much-discussed snow storm *seems* like it’s already been around for a week, but It actually doesn’t kick in until this afternoon. Low pressure early Tuesday is organizing to the southwest and will pull from the Gulf of Mexico on the way to Kentucky. For us: that means snow.

snomgdotnetThe Winter Storm Warning from the NWS is unchanged, as is the basic forecast. The Warning begins at 1pm. The chance of snow begins after lunch, and then it becomes likely by late afternoon. It will moves in from the west and southwest. Snow will be heaviest tonight. Snow should end by midday Wednesday. Sleet and freezing rain may mix in to the southeast. The Indianapolis total should be 6-9 inches. North of Indy: 7-10 inches. Places like Bloomington and Columbus will see 4-7 inches.

The highest available moisture still looks to be to our north and east. The sleet and freezing rain would cut into the totals to the southeast, but places northeast of Indy may have the best shot at ten inches of just plain snow. I’m looking at you, Muncie and Richmond!

SPECIFIC FORECASTS 8-10 inches Kokomo, Marion, Muncie, Richmond

7-9 inches Zionsville, Carmel, Fishers, Anderson

6-9 inches Lafayette, Indianapolis, Terre Haute, Greenwood, Avon, Greenfield

4-6 inches Bloomington, Columbus

Winds could gust to 25 mph during the height of the storm tonight into early Wednesday morning. The system pulls away Wednesday morning, and another shot of cold air follows as yet another Arctic high pressure system sags into the Plains. Expect some negative numbers early Thursday and Friday, with highs only in the teens.

Lighter accumulating snow is possible this weekend. Best chance right now would be later Saturday into early Sunday.

Here’s the text of the NWS warning.

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN
351 AM EST TUE FEB 4 2014

...STRONG WINTER STORM TO IMPACT CENTRAL INDIANA TUESDAY
AFTERNOON THROUGH EARLY WEDNESDAY...

.A DEVELOPING LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL LIFT NORTHEAST FROM THE 
GULF OF MEXICO TO EASTERN KENTUCKY AND BRING ANOTHER ROUND OF
SIGNIFICANT SNOW AND SOME MIXED PRECIPITATION TO CENTRAL INDIANA.

INZ021-028>031-035>049-051>057-041700-
/O.CON.KIND.WS.W.0002.140204T1800Z-140205T1800Z/
CARROLL-WARREN-TIPPECANOE-CLINTON-HOWARD-FOUNTAIN-MONTGOMERY-
BOONE-TIPTON-HAMILTON-MADISON-DELAWARE-RANDOLPH-VERMILLION-PARKE-
PUTNAM-HENDRICKS-MARION-HANCOCK-HENRY-VIGO-CLAY-OWEN-MORGAN-
JOHNSON-SHELBY-RUSH-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...LAFAYETTE...FRANKFORT...KOKOMO...
CRAWFORDSVILLE...ANDERSON...MUNCIE...INDIANAPOLIS...TERRE HAUTE...
SHELBYVILLE
351 AM EST TUE FEB 4 2014

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS
AFTERNOON TO 1 PM EST WEDNESDAY...

* MAIN IMPACT: ROADS MAY BECOME IMPASSABLE DUE TO HEAVY SNOW AND 
  DRIFTS. 

* ACCUMULATIONS: 7 TO 10 INCHES WITH THE HEAVIEST AMOUNTS EXPECTED
  NEAR AND NORTH OF LAFAYETTE...KOKOMO AND MUNCIE.

* TIMING: THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH MIDDAY WEDNESDAY. HEAVIEST SNOW
  EXPECTED FROM LATE AFTERNOON THROUGH APPROXIMATELY 2 AM
  WEDNESDAY.

* OTHER IMPACTS: BLOWING SNOW COULD REDUCE VISIBILITIES AND 
  CAUSE SIGNIFICANT DRIFTS...CONTRIBUTING TO AN EVEN GREATER 
  TRAVEL HAZARD. 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER
CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW
ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN
EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...
FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

&&

$$

INZ060>065-067>072-041700-
/O.CON.KIND.WS.W.0002.140204T1800Z-140205T1800Z/
SULLIVAN-GREENE-MONROE-BROWN-BARTHOLOMEW-DECATUR-KNOX-DAVIESS-
MARTIN-LAWRENCE-JACKSON-JENNINGS-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...BLOOMINGTON...COLUMBUS...VINCENNES...
BEDFORD...SEYMOUR
351 AM EST TUE FEB 4 2014

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS
AFTERNOON TO 1 PM EST WEDNESDAY...

* MAIN IMPACT:ROADS MAY BECOME IMPASSABLE AND VERY SLICK DUE TO 
  HEAVY SNOW AND DRIFTS...AS WELL AS SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN... 
  TRAVEL MAY BECOME VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE. 

* ACCUMULATIONS: 3 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW AND SLEET WITH A TENTH OF
  AN INCH OF ICE POSSIBLE.

* TIMING: THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH MIDDAY WEDNESDAY. HEAVIEST
  PRECIPITATION EXPECTED FROM LATE AFTERNOON TODAY THROUGH
  APPROXIMATELY 2 AM WEDNESDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW...
SLEET...AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL
VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.


Paul Poteet is the featured meteorologist for the Indy Sports Report and completed the Meteorology course at Mississippi State University.  Follow “Indiana’s Weatherman“ and ISR on Twitter.

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