Fortunately for us, conditions have become milder in the last 24 hours and while we reached 16° in Lafayette today, that high temperature remains near 20° below average for this time of the year. In fact, we hit 16°at 6:00 P.M. ET this evening; we hadn’t seen temperatures that warm for 71 consecutive hours!
A clipper system passing across the Great Lakes supplied the region with a dusting of a very dry and fluffy snowfall earlier this evening; we even received one report of 0.50” of accumulation near Chalmers.
I’m tracking another, more substantial, round of snowfall expected to reach the viewing area early tomorrow afternoon. Moisture being forced northward across the Great Plains will meet another super-chilled air mass flowing southeastward behind a migrating cold front. Expect the first of the snowfall to reach our westernmost counties by 12:30 P.M. ET.
It appears as though the heaviest of the snowfall will pass east out of the viewing area by 8:00 P.M. ET tomorrow evening. Light and sporadic snowfall however, will continue to linger across portions of the region through 11:00 P.M. ET or 12:00 A.M. ET.
Current model data suggests that much of the viewing area will receive between 2” and 4” of total accumulation between Friday afternoon and early Saturday morning. There’s still some back and forth wavering on some of these models, but the most recent model runs have inched those accumulations higher.
Current projections leave Tippecanoe County with just over 3 additional inches of snowfall by Saturday morning. Amber will have additional updates over the coming hours on News 18 This Morning.