Snowfall totals varied from 0.4-4" from the reports received. Highest amounts were in our eastern & southeastern parts of the viewing area.
SNOWFALL TOTALS TUESDAY:
4.0" 2 E Bunker Hill
3.0" 2 E Frankfort
2.7" 2 NE Lafayette
2.5" 3 E Galveston
2.5" 2 NE Russiaville
2.0" 2 ESE Wheatfield
1.4" WLFI Ob Site
0.5" 3 E Brook
The worst cast scenario played out in parts of southeastern Tippecanoe, eastern Montgomery, Clinton, Carroll, Cass, Miami & Howard counties last night.
Skies stayed clear much of the night & winds went light to calm. Area of freezing fog developed with the clear, calming conditions & devastating freeze occurred. All fruit was completely wiped out from southeast Tippecanoe County to Howard & Cass counties & also eastern Montgomery County.
To have this happen three years in a row in the same area is a big rarity. The probability of such a feat is very low. The last time we have had so many consecutive years of devastating late freezes in our southeastern counties (to wipe out the fruit crop & cause much vegetation damage) was 1966-1968.
According to Dr. Walt Beineke of Purdue University, those 1960s late hard freezes wiped out the emerging Black Walnut blossoms & leaves.
This was an issue for parts of the area 1976-78 late springs too with damage.
Here in 2021, last night, areas farther west were spared by cloudiness with steady temperatures of 30-33.
LOWS WEDNESDAY MORNING:
33 Lafayette-Purdue University Airport
32 Lake Village
32 Rensselaer-Jasper County Airport
32 Kentland Muncipal Airport
31 WLFI Ob Site
31 3 E Fowler
31 Pine Village
30 Rochester-Fulton County Airport
28 2 NW Crawfordsville
27 Peru Municipal Airport
26 Monticello-White County Airport
25 Frankfort Municipal Airport
24 Grissom ARB
24 1 S New Market
24 Kokomo Municipal Airport
22 Flora Municipal Airport
21 Galveston Airport
21 Logansport-Cass County Airport
Scattered snow, rain, rain/snow & graupal showers are likely today. An isolated rumble of thunder or two is possible this afternoon-early evening as some sun appears & clouds really build in the cold air aloft with low freezing levels.
Some of these showers will be gusty & squally with a downpour of graupal or snow or snow pellets that covers melted areas & even pavement briefly.
Temperatures as of 10 a.m. are 31-37 over the area with some scattered snow & snow pellet showers developing.
Temperatures will rise to 43-51 with west-northwest wind 10-25 mph.
It does not look as cold tonight for a good chunk of the area with lows 29-33 as light west to southwest wind commences with cloudiness around.
Then, by late morning Thursday, we will already be at 43-48 with west wind 10-15 mph.
Skies will be partly cloudy, turning mostly sunny.
Highs on Thursday should reach 53-60.
Lows Thursday night of 32-37 are likely & that should be it with the freezing!!
After 61-68 Friday, showers Friday night-Saturday AM with highs 58-63, we should see 62-68 Sunday & 74-78 Monday.
Tuesday looks windy & warm with highs 80-85 with Tuesday night lows of only 60-66.
Showers/storms are possible in a couple of main rounds Wednesday & Thursday with highs in the 80s.
Much of the severe weather risk is in two areas: Texas & Louisiana to Arkansas & Iowa to Minnesota.
Here, some MARGINAL RISK may sneak in. The main stronger wind fields & dynamics will bypass us to the nortwest & south, keeping severe weather risk isolated.
Our highest severe weather risk parameters seen since August 2020 are setting up for the May 2-5 time frame. It is unclear which day the risk will peak, but SLIGHT to ENHANCED RISK parameters are seen on soundings. Unstable, dynamic, sheared environment for some severe weather is showing up now.
Highs will be in the 80s.