Up to a foot of valley snow expected Thursday
- Author: Tracy Klein Jan 11, 2018,
Jan 11, 2018, 0:42
We warm up late in the week with some risk of showers around Friday, Jan. 19, or Saturday, Jan. 20. Then the cold air will transition this rain to snow from northwest to southeast across the state into the morning, becoming heavy at times. That system will draw much colder and seasonable temperatures into central Indiana. In addition, gusty winds, especially late Thursday night and early Friday, may heighten the dangers related to icing, and result in isolated to scattered losses of power by felling ice or snow weighted lines.
A winter storm watch has been issued from Friday evening until Saturday afternoon in Oswego, Jefferson and Lewis counties, according to the weather service.
It'll remain cloudy through the day with stray shower, 20%.
We've got fog and a pesky drizzle creating slick spots and wet roads. Mountain terrain, however, should expect moderate to heavy snowfall during this period. We are showing which areas have the best chance.
Today's forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies with a high of 56 and a 40 percent chance of rain and snow.
The newer models are showing increasing confidence for accumulating snow across at least part of central IN - although it's still a little too far out to talk exact amounts.
Some drifting and blowing snow is being reported throughout the region, Tesar said, with low visibility reported on U.S. Highway 87 from Billings to Roundup. Paul and Omaha, Nebraska, potentially leading to travel disruptions. Totals over a foot are likely in the higher terrain.
Forecast guidance is suggesting a second area of low pressure will develop later this week in association with Winter Storm Hunter. Smith predicts that since we are only in mid-January, this isn't the last winter weather we will see move through this season. By Friday evening, precipitation will be all snow. A stripe of sleet or freezing rain may occur from parts of northern New England and the interior Northeast to the Ohio Valley. Maybe some freezing rain.
Saturday night will be mostly cloudy, with a low of 10.