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February 20, 3 PM Weather Forecast Update

Surges of cold with rain & snow ahead.

Posted: Feb 20, 2020 1:51 PM
Updated: Feb 20, 2020 9:04 PM

It is sunny to mostly sunny in our southern, southwestern & far northwestern counties.  Meanwhile, the rest of the area has lake effect cloudiness, especially in our northeastern areas, where a few flurries are occurring.

Temperatures are running 24-29 after 16-22 this morning.  Wind chills are currently running 10-19.

Winter storm continues to bypass our area, now impacting the South with heavy rainfall & snow.  Winter Weather Advisories & Winter Storm Warnings are up.

You can see the lake effect snow & then the snow far northern Alabama to western North Carolina with all of the flooding rain south of that area.

This is a webcam east of Nashville on I-40 near Crossville:

It is now snowing northeast of Atlanta at Gainesville, Georgia:

Rain is changing to snow near Huntsville, Alabama now:

It is snowing at Hendersonville, North Carolina (western North Carolina).  Note Forsynthia in full bloom on the lower far right, as the Southeast was very warm & spring-like to start February, sending many plant species into bud & bloom.

We will turn clear, calm & frosty tonight. 

Lows of 6-13 are likely.

We would be much, much colder if we had snow pack or snow pack nearby.

Friday will feature wall-to-wall sun with southwest winds 10-15 mph & highs 32-37, followed by 19-25 tomorrow night with frosty conditions as winds diminish.

As for Saturday, it looks good (if you don't mind the breezy conditions)!  It will be a good day to get the car washed!  We look mostly sunny with southwest winds 15-25 mph & highs 44-50, followed by lows of 26-30 Saturday night as winds diminish.

Rain moves in late Sunday evening, then lasts off & on through Monday.

It will become more showery Monday night to early Tuesday.

After increasing clouds & 49-55 Sunday (with southwest wind 15-30 mph), we should see winds turn more to the east & southeast Sunday night-Monday.

So, it will turn colder with lows Monday night at 35-39 & highs Monday at 41-46.

Winds then turn back to the southwest by Tuesday morning, so temperatures may rise to 47-51.

However, cold front should pass by Tuesday midday & that will send temperatures falling into the 30s Tuesday with strong west to northwest at 20-35 mph.

Showers will taper to a few rain/snow then snow showers later Tuesday.

Total rainfall of 0.70-1.50" is possible, leading to ponding & rises on creeks & streams to rivers.

Periodic snow & strong, gusty winds from the north to northwest are likely Wednesday.

Minor snowfall accumulation is possible with winds gusting to 40 mph.

Temperatures will run only in the 20s to around 30.

Lows Thursday &/or Friday may reach near or below 0 with highs in the teens & 20s.

A clipper may bring some very minor to minor snowfall next Friday with highs in the 20s.  WInds look strong from the north on backside of system.

With such an impressive temperature gradient possible Friday from 20s here to 50s in Missouri & far southern Illinois, the potential is there for a band of enhanced, heavy snowfall with this clipper.

This baroclinic set-up usually brings a band of strong frontagenetical forcing in the Snow Growth Zone.  Very high snowfall ratios often develop & we are able to squeeze more snow out of less moisture.  We will monitor.

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West Lafayette
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Hi: 52° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 37°
Kokomo
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Hi: 49° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 36°
Rensselaer
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Fowler
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Feels Like: 34°
Williamsport
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Feels Like: 36°
Crawfordsville
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Feels Like: 35°
Frankfort
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Feels Like: 39°
Delphi
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Hi: 50° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 35°
Monticello
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Logansport
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Feels Like: 38°
A much cooler day with strong winds and some late-day showers.
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