February 11, 10 PM Weather Forecast Update: Snow, High Winds = Rough Travel

It is nasty out there tonight with poor visibility with snow, lots of blowing & drifting snow & high winds with a few isolated power outages.

Posted: Feb 12, 2019 9:23 PM
Updated: Feb 12, 2019 10:03 PM

I-65 at Indiana 25 interchange is closed in both direction due to an accident from icy roadway.  There are multiple other accidents in the area.  Visibility is poor with widespread blowing & drifting snow with continued falling snow, high winds with a few isolated power outages & falling temperatures.  It is rough out there!  Be careful!

Snowfall totals (although difficult to measure) have varied from 1.7" far north to trace amounts in the far southwest.  I have measured 0.7" so far here at the television station in West Lafayette on the snowboard as of 10 p.m. 

NIPSCO has no reported outages, but Duke Energy has a few isolated ones & TIPMONT is reporting a power outage at Linden.

Benton County is under a Travel Watch.  Other counties have travel advisories.  However, it is rough, no matter where you go with worsening conditions as you go north & westward in the viewing area. 

Measured gusts so far this evening:

56 mph  1 SW 52/Veteran's Memorial (Lafayette)

50 mph   Forest (Clinton County)

50 mph Fowler

48 mph  Round Grove

47 mph  Purdue University Airport

46 mph Kentland Municipal Airport

46 mph  Morocco

46 mph  Logansport-Cass County Airport

46 mph  WLFI

45 mph  3 SW Rossville

45 mph  I-65/Indiana 28 (Frankfort)

45 mph  4 NE Monon

45 mph  2 N Rensselaer

44 mph  Frankfort Municipal Airport

43 mph  8 NE Rensselaer

43  mph  Grissom ARB

43 mph  Crawfordsville Municipal Airport

42 mph  Attica

41 mph  Flora Municipal Airport

41 mph  3 SE Pine Village

41 mph  1 S Beard

40 mph  Rensselaer-Jasper County Airport

39 mph  Monticello-White County Airport

39 mph  3 SE Crawfordsville

39 mph  6 WNW Kentland

39 mph  4 NW Rochester

38 mph Rochester-Fulton County Airport

38 mph Peru Municipal Airport

38 mph  Winamac

37 mph  4 NW Pence (Warren County)

35 mph  1 SE Mulberry


Waves of wind-driven snow with gusts 35-55 mph will continue over the next several hours with bad conditions out there.

Snow wil decrease to flurries & snow showers overnight to early morning, but winds may still gust from the west to west-northwest at 30-40 mph into tomorrow morning with blowing & drifting snow.

With any flakes ending & some clearing, gusts will decrease to 20-30 mph by midday-early afternoon, then just 10-15 mph by late afternoon (with highs 27-32) tomorrow.  Wind chills tomorrow morning will run -5 to 3 with temperatures in the upper teens to around 20.

Roads will be slippery in the morning/

Now to noon tomorrow:

The Thursday-Thursday night system looks less in the way of rain & snow, but the same with the high winds.

Gusts Thursday of up to 45 mph from the southwest, then northwest are possible.  Gusts to 35 mph may continue to Friday morning as temperatures drop to near 17, resulting in wind chills below 0.

Rainfall should remain under 0.10" & snowfall should be local & under 0.4".  It still could be enough to dust, coat & cause a few little slick spots.

Clipper will pass just south of the viewing area Saturday.  We need to watch it, if it tracks a bit more to the north, it would bring minor accumulating snowfall of 1-3" here.

Accumulating snowfall from Colorado low is possible Sunday.  There are indications of 3-5" by Monday morning, but confidence is medium.  It is high enough to mention amounts, but not high enough to be really firm on that.

Looks like wind from the northeast up to 32 mph with the snow & then after the snow may be an issue.  So, substantial blowing & drifting could occur area-wide with temperatures in the 20s.

Additional accumulating snowfall is possible mid-next week from a Colorado low or Panhandle low.

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