It is a manic Monday on the weather maps that is for sure. All four seasons are clashing and this is forming not one but two blockbuster storms. You can see two classic commas on our satellite and radar composite. They are feeding off of a temperature range that goes from highs today in the 80s in Texas to the teens in the Rocky Mountains. The last thing we need are both of these to hit our area with all of the snow we just melted down. The snow cover legend is on the far right on both graphics.
On Thursday morning when we woke up with -2 degrees in Lafayette we had a snow pack ranging from close to 5" in yellow areas to almost 10" in Pulaski County in the darker blue shading. Every county in Indiana had at least an inch of snow with 25 inches of snow on the ground in Porter County.
Now here was the map as of this morning and notice all our snow has literally vanished in only four days throughout most of Indiana! Even areas of Porter County have only 5 inches of snow left! This is why we have to watch area rivers carefully after melting down about a half-inch to an inch of water in our Wabash River watershed. Williamsport Falls or Indiana's tallest waterfalls which was frozen solid is now flowing again. Richard Beedle captured this breath-taking shot for us over the weekend.
The good news is that we will miss out on most of the first storm as it stays to our west and heads toward Minnesota. We should see a few light rain showers after 9 p.m. with less than .25" of rain. I think the better chances of thunder and heavy rain stay well to our west in the main storm track. Tuesday night and Wednesday will be a different story as we have showers and thunderstorms in the forecast. Many areas could surpass one inch of rain. The question is will we stay under the critical two inches of rain. Anything over this and our rivers could see moderate to major flooding. Already flood watches have been posted on the Kankakee River starting late tomorrow. I will have more answers for you on tonight's newscast along with possible record breaking highs on the way. One other thing we will talk about is also the possibility of strong thunderstorms in our area beginning on Wednesday. See you soon and I will check back!