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.