What a night it was last night! The lunar eclipse was outstanding. I will make sure to post pictures here in a bit, but everybody's attention has turned to yet another winter storm that is impacting Indiana.
The good news for the Lafayette viewing area is we are not going to have another "big one", but at the same time there were be plenty of slush and slipping and sliding out there over the next 24 to 36 hours. This should not keep the FEDEX man from delivering. I want to thank Christian for delivering in the arctic chill and light snow this afternoon and his better half Tara for reading this blog everyday. I take great pride in making this site fun and informative and I will do my best to deliver like Christian does. We will be adding to our 30.4 inches of snow which is already 6 inches above our entire snow season's average. This storm will really be known as an ice-maker and ice storm warnings are in effect for portions of southern Indiana and some significant icing could come as far north as Indianapolis. So be very careful. The farther south you travel tonight through Friday night the worse the conditions. So here is the breakdown here at home.
We have a storm that is coming at us in pieces. This is due to the Alberta block that has brought us brutally cold air this week. It has caused the jet stream to split in two. The northern branch is bringing in a few ripples of energy tonight and the southern branch will nudge more moisture our way by late tomorrow and tomorrow night. Since these two streams of energy are not phasing we will not have to worry about huge amounts of snow and ice here in Lafayete. The rest of today we could see up to an inch of light snow. But we do have warm air advection running our way tonight which will give us an additional inch of snow and sleet to worry about and maybe a little freezing drizzle toward morning. We could see a break in the action Friday before our second wave moves our way by late day and during the evening with another one to two inches of snow.
This means most of our area will see between 2 to 4 inches of snow and slush in the next day, with a few spotty areas close to 5 inches that stay mainly snow. So I will keep you updated on this complex storm. Stay safe and slow it down. We will do some Precision 18 fly-thrus on the news tonight to make it all much clearer.