On behalf of my weather team I wish everybody a very Merry Christmas. It is absolutely gorgeous up here in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. It is the snowiest Christmas I have ever had with 16 inches of snow on the ground. Many of the snow piles are up and over mailboxes and the sidewalks look more like tunnels. So on a scale of 1 to 10 my Christmas is an 11! Yes, I am going nuts! You think my kids are wired....LOL. So far Milwaukee is up to 34.5" of snow and it is the snowiest December since 2000. They are an unbelieveable 26.1 inches above average and it will likely go down as their second snowiest December on record and 13th snowiest month ever. I know this could easily have been us in Lafayette but know that we have a long way to go this winter and we will have our turn.
I will share some pictues on here as soon as I get back in town. In Lafayette I know we may not be having a White Christmas but at least it is a BRIGHT Christmas and there will be much better travel today. Tonight things go downhill again with some freezing rain developing mainly between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. The good news is that ice accumulations will be light and less than .10" but the bad news will be slick roads once again return. We will quickly turn to rain showers and fog Friday.
The bigger story developing is heavy rain and thunderstorms in the forecast late Friday night and Saturday with at least one to two inches of rain possible. With our ground already saturated from all of our recent storminess and possible ice jams on area rivers this is a bad combination that could bring significant flooding to our area by late weekend and next week.
Already flood advisories are in effect for Tippecanoe, Warren, and Fountain counties for rivers near bankfull. There could be some lowland flooding in spots but any significant flooding will likely hold off until late weekend and next week. Minor flooding also continues in Newton County with a flood warning near Shelby. I will check back with you. More presents to open and family to spend time with. Merry Christmas!