Our weather team is busy at work and fully staffed. Kelly, Lee Ann, and I have some BIG news. Our new and improved "in-house" weather model just came in with 13" of snow for Lafayette. Our Precision 18 Snowfall computer estimates about 1.5" of snow per hour now falling across portions of southern Missouri and Oklahoma and it is moving our way. I cannot tell you how excited I am about our new computer system you will see on the air next week. It has certainly made a difference already in helping us to forecast and has already saved us 3 hours this morning. This extra time will benefit our weather team and you, by allowing us to give you more updates and state of the art graphics so you can really stay ahead at whatever nature throws at us and that is important here in Lafayette. Our weather is much different than any other part of the state. Now back to the forecast....you can run your errands today but things will quickly go downhill tonight as you can see above. Here is your most up to date snowfall accumulation map.
It should average out between 8 and 12 inches of snow with locally higher amounts here in Tippecanoe County. The one thing we will have to watch is how far north the snow and ice line will move. This storm will be a beast and really intensify as it moves our way. I see plenty of problems with white-out conditions and at times it will look like a blizzard. We will not quite reach blizzard criteria, but it will be our biggest storm since the blizzard of 2007! I will keep you posted with Precision 18 Storm Tracker. Please send in those pictures so we can show them on-air and post them. I thank you in advance. Now I had better make sure my digital camera is charged and get my sleeping bag ready, although I do not think I will use it much tonight, but I will be using the BIG snow measuring stick.