BREAKING WEATHER BLOG NEWS:
Alright! My heart is beating fast and I am running around the yard preparing for our first big snow of the season. I had a weather team 18 conference call and we discussed the latest runs. The big things that we are watching:
1) The low pressure coming in late tonight and Sunday is even stronger.
2) The low pressure will cut-off aloft ealier which means this event should be mainly a snow event for the entire Lafayette viewing area. Kokomo, Crawfordsville, and Frankfort (even Randy's house---will have mainly snow)
3) This storm is coming in two pieces. We will get a burst of snow tomorrow morning into early afternoon and then see a bit of a lull before another band of snow moves in Sunday night and Monday with more accumulations.
4) Wind and blowing and drifting snow will become issues late Sunday night into Monday. This combined with more snow in the forecast may make it tough to open schools on Monday. Can you say snow day kids?
5) Accumulations will be increased for the entire viewing area for 3 to 5 inches of snow with some locally heavier amounts due to lake enhancement in Newton, Jasper, Pulaski, and northern White Counties. Rensselaer could easily see 6 inches or more of snow.
6) The dynamics with this storm are very impressive and with a roaring jet stream involved this forecast will have to be watched carefully. The latest trends look more and more impressive....for now though a 3 to 5 inch forecast is certainly looking solid.
7) Make sure if you have relatives flying home tomorrow to get them to the airport extra early and if you have late flights try to move them up to the early morning. Things will go downhill in a hurry on Sunday. Make sure to have your winter survival kits ready and if you have friends and family on long road trips tomorrow, advise them to leave if they can this evening.
Saturday Night & Sunday With Meteorologist Mike Prangley
Forecast Focus: Our first significant snowstorm of the season is on the way. A winter wonderland will develop Sunday morning with tricky travel expected throughout the day on Sunday and Monday with occasional snow likely for 30 hours once it moves in. Temperatures will fall to near freezing Sunday with wind and blowing snow becoming concerns late Sunday night into Monday. Enjoy the good sleddding and if at all possible try to stay off the roads on Sunday and Monday.
Saturday Night: Snow develops after 4 a.m. It may briefly begin as rain but it will quickly change to snow. Lows will be in the lower 30s with an east wind near 5 mph.
Sunday & Sunday Night: Occasional snow likley with 2 to 3 inches of snow likely by early evening. Another one to two inches of snow Sunday night into Monday will bring total accumulations of 3 to 5 inches. Areas closer to the lake could see 6 inches or more of snow. This is a developing storm so make sure to stay tuned. Temperatures will hover near freezing and the wind will be northeast at 5 to 10 mph on Sunday and turn northwest by late day and at night and increase to 10 to 20 mph and gusty.