February 15-16 Winter Storm Blog

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Posted: Feb 15, 2021 5:40 PM
Updated: Feb 16, 2021 2:21 AM

1:30 a.m.  9...N 11 mph...WC -6

Scattered clouds & some blowing & drifting snow...haze with visibility E8.00 miles

Light snow continues in our eastern & northeastern counties with Rochester, Logansport, Frankfort, Kokomo all reported light snow.

In the slot of drier air in the heart of the area, there is actually some clearing going on.  I can see some stars now showing through outside.

Some light snow is also in our northwestern fringe with Morocco to Kentland back to Kankakee, Illinois with light snow.

Blowing & drifting snow continue with gusts to 26 mph in the viewing area, but it is not like the gusts of 30-40 mph earlier with heavy snow.

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12:15 a.m.:  12...N 17 G 27...WC -5

Light snow & blowing snow....E1.50 mile visibility...

Snowfall as of 12:15 a.m.:  8.3"...melted 0.43" liquid...13" snow depth, 25" drifts

Roads are very treacherous to impassable in the area.  Widespread blowing & drifting continues area-wide.  Ground blizzard conditions are occurring in rural areas. 

Drifts of up to 4' are being reported & multiple rural roads are drifted shut.

Multiple highways are closed & Travel Warnings are up for Benton, Warren, Fountain, Montgomery, Clinton & Carroll counties meaning only essential emergency personnel are to be out on roadways until further notice.  Elsewhere it is Travel Watch with only essential travel recommended.

I observed two snowplows being pulled out of drifts & one car with flashers in a roadway, but no driver as they were stuck.  If you do not need to go out, don't.

Heaviest snowfall is in our eastern & northeastern areas with lighter snowfall westward.  It is even tapering to flurries in our southwestern areas as drier air comes in.

Some additional light will pivot in tonight to early in the morning, but accumulations look to run 0.5-2" additionally.

ON A SIDE NOTE.....

It is 77 degrees at Orlando, Florida as of 12:15 a.m. with a dew point of 72!  West Palm Beach is 80 with a dew point of 74. 

67 at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 65 at Wilmington, North Carolina & 69 at Savannah, Georgia.

The high today at Orlando was 88 & parts of the Florida Peninsula were record warm with low 90s.

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10:50 p.m.:  13...N 17 G 26...WC -3

Heavy snow...E0.10 mile visibility...

Snowfall as of 10:50 p.m.: 7.7"....melted to 0.40" liquid...12.5" snow depth, 24" snow drifts

Near white-out with heaviest snowfall of entire storm right now with north winds gusting to 26 mph.  Visibility less than 0.1 mile.

Snow falling easily at 1.5-2" per hour at this location.

Same in the band from Crawfordsville to Monticello.  Very intense forcing.

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10:15 p.m.:

SR 71 between US 52 & 24 closed & is impassable.

SR 114 is completely drifted shut from Rensselaer to US 41.

Counties under Travel Warning (only Emergency personnel allowed to be out):

Benton, Warren, Fountain, Montgomery, Clinton, Carroll.

Travel Watch is up for the rest of the area.

Heavy snow bands continue with poor visibility.

Snow should diminish after 1-2 a.m., then light snow & some moderate snow pivot in from the northwest & west. 

6-12" still looks like the final total with 6" northwest & up to 12" far south & southeast.

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10 p.m.:  13...N 20 G 26...WC -5

Moderate snow...E0.50 mile visibility...

Snowfall as of 10 p.m.:  6.4"....melted to 0.29" liquid...10.5" snow depth, 21" snow drifts

6-10" of snowfall reported over the viewing area as of 10 p.m. with 8-10" totals from Waveland, Ladoga, Crawfordsville & Darlington & 6-8" over the rest of the area. 

Drift reports are running 18-36".

I did receive one report of a rumble of thunder from 2 miles south of Brookston.

I appreciate everyone baring the elements to get vital totals!  You all are the best!

SR 26, SR 28 & SR 352 have been closed from the Indiana/Illinois line to Benton, Warren & northwestern Tippecanoe County.

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9 p.m.:  14....NNE 15 G 22...WC -1

Heavy snow...E0.25 mile visibility...1" in past hour

Snowfall total (as of 8:45 p.m.) at WLFI ob site: 6.0"......melted to 0.24" liquid....10" snow depth, 21" drifts

Very strong rising air motion with +100-knot upper jet streak now & negatively-tiled upper trough.  Heavy snowfall is occuring in a deep, moisture-rich with perfect temperatures for efficient snow-making below that jet streak.

Vertical velocities & lift are impressive.  A rumble of thunder is not out of the question given that intense rising air motion with bits of CAPE.

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8:15 p.m.:  14....NNE 10 G 24...WC 1

Moderate snow with E0.75 visibility

Snowfall total (as of 7:45 p.m.) at WLFI ob site: 5.5"......melted to 0.20" liquid....9.5" snow depth, 18" drifts

Peak measured wind gusts so far (with sustained winds 20-30 mph measured):

38 mph  2 W Rochester...3 E Attica

36 mph  3 E Fowler

34 mph  Athens...Peru Municipal Airport

33 mph  5 S Montmorenci

32 mph  Kentland Municipal Airport...Remington...Morocco

31 mph Galveston...Purdue University Airport

30 mph  Covington...Frankfort Municipal Airport

29 mph  Crawfordsville Municipal Airport...2 NW Crawfordsville...1 S New Market

26 mph  Logansport-Cass County Airport

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7:45 p.m.:  14....NNE 10 G 24...WC 1

Light snow here, blowing & drifting..............heaviest in two bands over the area at 1-1.5" per hour:  Remington to Covington & Grissom to Crawfordsville.  E1.50 miles at WLFI ob site, but as low as 0.1 mile in the two bands of heaviest snow.

Snowfall total at WLFI ob site:  5.5"......melted to 0.20" liquid....9.5" snow depth, 18" drifts

Totals in the viewing area vary from 4-8" over the area.  8" West Point...7" Grass Creek...6" Frankfort...6" West Lafayette...7" Crawfordsville...7" Dayton...6" Delphi...5" Fowler, Morocco...5.5" Kentland...

Benton, Warren, Fountain, Montgomery, Clinton all under Travel Warnings which means (per IDHS):

1.  Refrain from all travel

2.  Comply with necessary emergency measures

3.  Cooperate with public officials and disaster services in executing emergency operations plans

4.  Obey and comply with the lawful directions of properly identified officers

Rest of the area is under Travel Watch which means only essential travel such as to and from work or in emergency situations recommended. 

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6:30 p.m.:  14....NNE 18 G 32...WC -3

Heavy snow, E0.15 mile visibility....white-out conditions occurring in multiple parts of the area.

Snowfall totals are 4-7" over the area currently.  Drift up to 2.5' being reported.

Travel Watch area-wide except for Tippecanoe & Howard counties per IDHS & county commissioners.  Travel Warnings are lining up over the southern half of the state. 

CR 600N at Prophets Rock Road is closed until Tuesday due to deep snow.  Battle Ground officials are asking any travelers to use SR 225 as alternative route.

US 24 west of Peru has traffic completely stopped & backed up.

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5:30 p.m.:  14.....NNE 21 G 31....WC -4

Heavy snow, E0.15 mile visibility at our WLFI ob site.....white-out conditions & blizzard-type conditions are overspreading entire area.

Snowfall totals since this morning are running 2-6" with drifts of up to 3' already being reported.

Heaviest snowfall should occur now to midnight with winds gusting 30-40 mph leading to white-out, blizzard-type conditions.

It will continue to snow during the night with widespread blowing & drifting & many roads becoming impassable, the rates just won't be as heavy.

I do not expect big improvement in roads until midday tomorrow & into the afternoon.

West Lafayette
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Rensselaer
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Fowler
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Williamsport
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Crawfordsville
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Frankfort
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Delphi
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Monticello
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Logansport
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A windy and chilly day is expected. Tonight could be the coldest night of the season so far.
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