Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Snow Picking up in Intensity, Travel not Advised


Looking at the latest satellite and radar composites, weather watcher and blogger snowfall, liquid to snow equivalents, and the latest model data it still looks like we are on track for 4 to 8 inches of snowfall across our area. You see some of the hometown forecasts above showing the total forecast snowfall between now and Wednesday afternoon. Here are the snowfall totals so far below as of 7 p.m. Remember the storm is still forming down in Arkansas.

I really appreciate all of your snowfall totals and I have been also sharing these with the National Weather Service offices to help them as well since they are still on the fence whether to issue a winter storm warning for our area. The 2 p.m. run of models seemed to have a bit of trouble handling the amount of moisture riding to the north so they were forced once again into a wait and see approach. But if you are seeing what I am on the latest radar trends I think we can all agree that a better safe than sorry approach works here and with all the travelers between here and Indianapolis I think a winter storm warning is warranted especially with a good portion of our area expecting an upwards of 6 inches of snow and more. Precisioncast 18 verifies this nicely below with those heavy blue bands having no trouble moving in here by 11 p.m.


The Weather Service offices will take another look at this during the evening ahead of our heaviest snow which will move in between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. The newest data I plugged into our WLFI SUPER SNOW MODEL is showing an additonal 4 to 6 inches of snow in our area in addition to what we have already received which easily meets warning criteria. Whatever happens we all know to take this Super Bowl storm seriously and the guys at the Weather Service who do a great job want to make sure you take it seriously no matter if they upgrade or not, especially with all of the accidents taking place out there. I am going to go post an updated storm web video on wlfi.com and will check back with you in a bit. Remember to send in some pictures and keep those snow totals coming because they do make a huge difference.

67 comments:

Anonymous said...

Checking in from work....we have almost 3.5 inches of new snow toady. More later!!

Chris in Tipton

Anonymous said...

I was on the weatherbug and there is no winter weather advisory for our area. I dont know if it was a mistake or not. Can someone please advise

William said...

out here in the country of remington I have 3/4" of blowing snow from the east. Also several slide offs I65 207,211 and jacknife semi @ 212.

william in remington

Anonymous said...

Mike or Justin... I have been watching radars all day from indiana to texas... i have noticed in the last hour that the southern part of the system in texas, is now pushing more southerly.. if this continues will it affect our snow totals in indiana? or did you already anticipate that section of the system to swing southerly.... Thanks.
Brandon , Indianapolis.

Anonymous said...

LAFAYETTE... FRANKFORT... KOKOMO...

CRAWFORDSVILLE 325 PM EST TUE JAN 27 2009 ... WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 12 PM EST WEDNESDAY...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 12 PM EST WEDNESDAY

Anonymous said...

Yep Mike the snow is picking up I have been home for a half hour and my car is covered already

r in laf

Anonymous said...

Oh and thank you for your Super updateds:-)

r

William said...

I just heard a snowmobile in northern jasper co hit some trees. be carefull. Also as I look at the interstate the trafic has slowed way down.

Anonymous said...

Well mike looks like Attica schools are listening to you. They put up a 2hr delay

Anonymous said...

We are currently watching all the dark blue heavy bands that are still working there way to us from MO, and IL, I do feel we will see these bands and that will give us a good amount. I still feel we will hit between or mark of 5" to 8" inches!

I still will not count it out.

And mike thank you as well for all your updates!

Justin

Anonymous said...

The NWS is like our schools wait till the last min. to call..I posted before they issue a storm warning after all had started or passed!!!

William said...

remington dew point 16, humidity 100, temp 15.7, average windspeed 7mph ene, barrom 30.09 dropping, windchill 7. visibility 3 mi.

Tim said...

I live out by the Tippecanoe Mall @ Crosswinds Apts, snow seems to be coming down rather rapidly. I talked to my brother in Monticello and is disappointed as the snow is not falling as he would like

Anonymous said...

Hey Mike I just checked the amounts and I got 1.5" Still coming down good.

Justin.

Anonymous said...

It is raw out there, snowing steady, I am already seeing some blowing snow!

Justin winds picking up where you are? You are not that far away from me..

Very little traffic out!

Teri in Laf.

Anonymous said...

Teri A little bit! I was out checking my amount and it is a little windy but not bad! It would be if you where out on the roads though!

William how much snow do you have?

Justin.

Tim said...

Just measured snow out my back door and almost nearing 2 inches just south of Tippe Mall

Anonymous said...

I hope the schools will cancel and not call a two hour delay!

Anonymous said...

We have almost 2 inches here outside of attica. about 1.75 to be exact.

William said...

justin,

probably 1" it is blowing to much to get a real reading. my WX is down at the moment and my snow catcher is in the house so i am using a snowboard inside a box.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for doing your blog. When I want to know what's really going on I know where to go. I live in the Southern part of Fountain County. Since we're out here in the middle of nowhere I look at several places for my weather.(Indianapolis, Terre Haute, Lafayette, and Crawfordsville) I can honestly say I get the most information from your blog. I've been known to read it in the middle of the night too! Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Thanks William!

Justin.

William said...

yes the best time to read this blogg is at night. we have a blast. PLUS all the other people are asleep.

Anonymous said...

What do you guys think about travel tomorrow? I'm going to be coming up 65 from Lebanon and it isn't looking so great.

William said...

dew point 16, 15mph gusts, WC 5, hum 100, w 7mph ne, vis 5mi

how are the maps looking?

Anonymous said...

We have 1.5" of snow in Linden! Highway 231 is snow covered.........the traffic have slowed way down! Check back again later!

Christine
Linden

Anonymous said...

We have 1.5" of snow in Linden! Highway 231 is snow covered.........the traffic have slowed way down! Check back again later!

Christine
Linden

tim said...

check out NOAA.gov some heavy snow bands will be in Lafayette in approximately 1 hour get ready

Anonymous said...

Hey gang....I live half mile north of Rt. 28, 4 miles east of romney....blowing pretty good out here....actually have the normal snowdrift forming right off of my front steps.....by the way...this blog rocks!

superatc

William said...

http://radar.weather.gov/Conus/index_loop.php

This map makes me jump for joy. look at the moisture. woo hoo. thanks to Mike for getting us geared up for this.

Anonymous said...

not complaining, but I guess I don't understand what the issue is of not upgrading our advisory. How many times have we seen WSW posted only to be scaled back later....think many people and schools traveling tonight to events will and have underestimated the conditions because of the "only advisory" attitude....just my take.....

superatc

Anonymous said...

William, I agree about the other people being asleep. Nice to get check in and not read though the put downs.

Snow seems to be getting a bit heavier,and yes my glasses are spotted from the snow LOL!

Teri in L

William said...

Terri i will send you a hat with a long bill and ear flaps so you can be worm and can see the snow at the same time.

William said...

where's MA?? She has been too quiet lately. Hmm gonna have to throw a big snowball at her.

Anonymous said...

Teri,

Same issue with glasses..LOL.

One of my cats decided he wanted to go outside, wouldn't take no for an answer.....he lasted a trip off the deck, shaking his paws and then sprinted back in....LOL....

waiting for the bands......

superatc

Anonymous said...

Im gonna guess we are close to an inch in Logansport. Still snowing now. It is a very fine light snow however. The one a couple weeks ago seemed to fluff up a lot more then this one has done.

Anonymous said...

She has been taking it easy for the last few days...I have heard from her and she is doing fine. I bet she will be posting soon!

Teri

William said...

Hey i am looking at one of my maps and think i see thundersnow down in MO. I wonder what the chance is we could get some od that here?
That would be sweet.

Anonymous said...

NWS updated snowfall forecast for LAF looks like 5-8" is the consensus.

William said...

i have her email somewhere.

Brandy said...

AHHH..just made it home from Ivy Tech....what normally takes about 10 mins took almost 25!!! Glad to be home, so I can just watch it fall!! Keep it coming!!!!

Tom said...

Hey, Mike - I'm a long-time viewer of your blog, but this is my first time commenting.

I live in Linden - I just went outside at 9 p.m. and we have about 1.7 inches of snow here!

Keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

"What do you guys think about travel tomorrow? I'm going to be coming up 65 from Lebanon and it isn't looking so great."

Unfortunately I don't think it looks good at all.

Anonymous said...

Hey mike. Snow got started late out here in Benton but catching up. Just drove home from Klondike. You have more snow but the wind is blowing harder (go figure) out here. East/West roads are starting to finger drift in places. I'm guessing we are about half an inch behind the Laf/W.Laf area.

JC

Anonymous said...

Here is a link to help with the roads I do thing blowing and drifting snow will be a must watch!!!!! If you are going in the morning then there is a good chance it will still be snowing and with it blowing visibility will be lower the normal.

http://www.in.gov/indot/

Justin.

Anonymous said...

LOL superatc and William, I need my glasses for reading, I put them on the top of my head when I go out to check the wx, then come in side post:) And about others being asleep, I love it for my daughter leaves me alone about using the computer to check myspace:)

Teri

Anonymous said...

Mike just checked my amounts again and I am up to 1.7" looking good!

Justin.

William said...

Teri LOL,

Yes I too have a mistress named facebook. I usually have this blogg and facebook open at the same time.

Anonymous said...

WOW if you get a chance look at the radar out of St. Louis and see what is coming our way. -Exciting-

Anonymous said...

Here in town at Attica I measured 1.5 inches @ 8:30 p.m.


Richard

Anonymous said...

Teri,
I fight my husband for computer..."needs it for work"..eventhough he has his laptop!!! most of the time i catch him googling...

tonight, I told him it's weather update time!! he's watching TV.....

Superatc (actually it is Laura)

Anonymous said...

Hey prang gang
Just came from Lebanon to Lafayette and 52 is a bit slick. The snow isn't blowing. If I can make it in a mustang anyone can do it. Just drive slow and be careful

I still say stay home if you can

Anonymous said...

Here outside of attica we have 2 inches just measured

Dustin

William said...

Thundersnow Thundersnow Thundersnow Thundersnow Thundersnow Thundersnow

Bring it on I want blizzard of 78...

Anonymous said...

Wind....Ive noticed several of you stated blowing and drifting occuring....southern Tipp I have it too....wind at 8:54 was NE at 12mph....NWS forcasted only 7-9 mph...interesting......

laura

Anonymous said...

Funny about facebook William.

My DD was headed for bed, came down stairs griping that there is SNOW on her bed! For some reason she had her window cracked open a bit, for what reason, I do not know, I asked if she was trying to heat the great outdoors?!

Any who, her window faces east, and the snow is blowing!!!

Teri in Laf

Anonymous said...

just checked NWS and they just issued a Winter Storm Warning for our area. Clinton, Tipton, Montgomery, etc. 9:41pm

Anonymous said...

I remember staying with my cousin in Chicago when I was younger, and it started to snow got about 2 inches and during the night I thought I kept seeing lightning and when we woke up Chicago had 21 inches on the ground, it was AWESOME

Anonymous said...

A winter storm warning for Clinton Co just issued..

Teri

William said...

wx radio just went off.

Anonymous said...

Posting at the same time:)Wonder why Tipp not included??

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Mike is going to do another update for us?

William said...

mike just made an update

Anonymous said...

he just did will give us an update

Anonymous said...

I live in Colfax my rain gauge says 3 1/2 inches not sure how accurate that is???

Anonymous said...

What a great place to hang out on a snowy Indiana night..
Great info, great company... Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hey justin just got home from my 2nd job, we have close to 2 maybe 2.5 if not more,, whohoo,,,, thanks for the updates,,,,,Becky from monticello and its snowing hard !!!!!!