Well of course I am still awake here past 1 a.m. We have a big snowstorm on the way. It is amazing how many different things I hear from folks before big storms. There were plenty of rumors going around the last couple nights of Lafayette having its biggest snowstorm on record and tonight apparently many folks have been reporting hearing that the worst of the storm will in fact miss the Lafayette viewing area. Well, here is the truth and nothing but the truth based on the latest model runs here early this morning. WE ARE THE BULLSEYE! So get ready for the big one. It will be our heaviest snow since December 16th. It will not be our biggest snow on record but many areas could end up with close to 10 inches of snow. Up above you see the best 3 models I use to forecast snow. Just after 1 a.m. model #1 which I am most comfortable with came in with a forecast for 10 inches of snow for Thursday night for Lafayette. The highest total I have seen was 12.3 inches for Fort Wayne. Areas closer to Indianapolis will have more of an icy mix which will hold snow totals down. Here is a closer look below at my latest forecast.
This should be a very interesting storm. It could be a heavy wet snow with our area being just to the north of the ice and snow line. This will still not prevent blowing and drifting snow with snow drifts close to 2 feet not out of the question. This no thanks to a north wind howling near 30 mph Thursday night and Friday morning. It has been a snowy season so far with snow amounts running about 5 inches above average. We have had 19 inches of snow already and we only average about 22 inches per year. By this time tomorrow night we will have already eclipsed our average seasonal snowfall with plenty of winter left. Here is a timeline that should help you out. Head to the store for bread and milk and I better get at least a couple hours sleep. Take care and be safe!
I will have blog updates today with new model runs coming in and I will compare the new numbers with the old....I may even have a special Ground Hog Day recipe coming your way to help keep you warm in all this snowy weather. This is a good reminder for me that I still need to get my wife a Ground Hog Day present before it is too late! It is the day we celebrate Valentine's Day and I need to keep those priorities in line. She deserves the whole month of February to celebrate Valentine's Day. She is just that special! I will check in with you soon!