Today's highs reached 48-63. The record for Greater Lafayette was 67 set in 1971. Our high was officially 63. This nearly 25 degrees above normal!
A mild spring-like rain will increase tonight & become steady & widespread. Lasting through Saturday morning (with a few storms possible) it will decrease to some scattered showers & a few storms amidst pockets of developing sunshine by midday.
In this sunshine, a broken line of showers & storms may develop & pivot through along the cold front.
There is the risk of a random, isolated severe storm 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Behind all of this, low gray clouds will roll in with a few showers & drizzle around. This will change to a few snow showers & flurries tomorrow night to early Sunday morning.
Temperatures will fall from highs 55-61 to 38-45 by 6 p.m.
South to southwest, then west to northwest winds may gust 30-40 mph with a couple isolated gusts of 45 mph possible.
If you are prone to aches & pains from low pressure, be aware of the center of the deepening low passing from St. Louis to Morocco. This means low surface air pressure here.
0.75-1.25" (few isolated +1.25" amounts possible) rainfall is likely area-wide, the only real rainfall we have seen in nearly 3 weeks.
This is welcome rainfall. Part of the viewing area is in a long-term Moderate Drought from far northwest Warren, through Benton, White, western Cass, Fulton, Pulaski, Newton & Jasper counties. I bit farther southeast, there is a band of Abnormally Dry conditions.
Next week features frequent bouts of cloudiness with near normal to slightly-above normal temperatures. A few snow showers are possible Wednesday, otherwise it is dry.
Rainfall & 50s return a week from this weekend.
Could we squeeze in a random accumulating snow next week to early January? If it happens, it would be brief. We will monitor.
Overall, looks like a warmer than normal pattern with above normal precipitation.
Want snow, ice & cold? As we begin mid-January, we should get into a period of more winter-like weather.
Note the below normal temperatures arriving at that point: