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January 30-31 Winter Storm Blog

Here are frequent updates on conditions....

Posted: Jan 30, 2021 3:43 PM
Updated: Jan 31, 2021 12:20 PM

11:45 a.m.

Overcast...35...NE wind 15, gusts 24mph...5.2" was snowfal total, but depth now down to 4.1" after rain overnight.

Total liquid is 0.87".

Lake effect snow & some system snow on the backside will expand over the area as temperatures begin to fall.  An additional 0.5-1.6" is expected over the area today-tonight.  Watch for slick areas on roadways with new snow as the temperatures fall to the 20s tonight & 29-33 later today.

North-northeast to north winds may gust to 33 mph at times.

SNOWFALL TOTALS (from CoCoRaHs, COOP observers & public spotters):

9.7" Demotte

9.3" Lake Village

9.2" Kentland

9.0" Goodland

8.8" Earl Park

8.5" Rensselaer

8.5" 5 SW Medaryville

8.0" Fair Oaks

8.0"  Monticello

8.0" Winamac

8.0" Chalmers

8.0" Morocco

8.0" Reynolds

8.0" Kokomo

8.0" Logansport

8.0" Monon

7.5" Remington

7.5" Collegeville

7.0"  Bunker Hill

7.0" Otterbein

7.0" Delphi

7.0" Rochester

6.5" Fowler

6.5" 2 NE Lafayette

6.1"  5 NNE Frankfort

6.0" Peru

6.0" Flora

6.0" Burlington

6.0" Montmorenci

5.3" West Lafayette

5.2" 3 W West Lafayette

5.0" Frankfort

4.0"  Covington

3.3"  Veedersburg

3.1" Darlington

3.0" Pence

2.8" New Market

2.5" Kingman

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12:05 a.m.

Light rain with bits of flakes...35...E wind 16 mph, gusts 24 mph...5.0" snow total.

Heaviest snow & precipitation in general is now over, except for areas north of US 24.

Transition to more rain/snow & rain will continue to occur over next few hours in the southern half of the area as temperatures warm from 30-35 over the area to 33-37.

It may remain as all snow in the far north right into & through tomorrow, but lighter. 

Eventually any rain & rain/snow will change to light snow with time later tomorrow-tomorrow night.

As for tonight, an additional 2-4" is possible in the north with 0-1.5" elsewhere.

As for later tomorrow-tomorrow night, totals of 0.3-1.1" are expected. 

Latest reports:

6.8" Monticello

6.3" Kentland

6" Chalmers

5" Winamac

3.3" Veedersburg

Rain & rain/snow is occurring over the southwestern half of the area.

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10:25 p.m.:

Light snow after heavy snow with large aggregates...34...SE wind 14 mph, gusts 25 mph...4.8" snow

Despite wet nature, snow is drifting some. Drifts measured 11.5" at Delphi.

1.2" snow in past hour here at our WLFI ob site.

Rain is now occurring or mixing in with the snow in our southwestern & southern counties.

Travel WARNING continues for Benton County.

Travel Advisory is up for Newton County.

Travel Watch up for White, Cass, Miami, Pulaski, Fulton, Clinton, Carroll & Howard counties.

2.5-6.5" has been measured area-wide now....highest totals in White County....

Snowfall totals reported so far (thank you all for these reports!):

6.5" Monticello

6.5" Brookston

6" Montmorenci

5.5"  Battle Ground

5.5" Monon

5.5" Fowler

5.5" Delphi

5.5" DeMotte

5.3" Southside of Lafayette

5.3" Ash Grove

5"  Wolcott

5" Kentland

5" Goodland

5" Chalmers

5" West Lafayette

5" Fowler

4.8" Lafayette

4" Logansport

4" Frankfort

3.3" Veedersburg

3" Grass Creek (Fulton County)

3" Morocco

2.5" Akron

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9:25 p.m.:

Huge 2" fluffy aggregates in heavy snow here at WLFI ob site...33...SE wind 15 mph, gusts to 28 mph...3.6" snow

Getting reports of rain mixing in near Pence & rain near Covington.  Snow still at Veedersburg. Been all rain & zero snow at Champaign, Illinois.

All....any merit to 6" report in Brookston?  Anyone have reports from there?  Seems plausible given that band, but just want to check to solidify the report.

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9 p.m.:

Light snow with medium, very wet, globular flakes...33...SE wind 18 mph, gusts to 28 mph...3.4" snow

Even though snow is wet, the gusts to 35 mph are leading to blowing & drifting snow.

Benton County is now under TRAVEL WARNING with only Emergency travel permitted.

Newton County:  Travel Watch with only work & Emergency travel

Pulaski, White, Fulton, Cass, Carroll, Howard, Clinton:  Travel Advisory.....limit travel due to conditions

Another band of heavy 1-2" per hour snowfall is moving back into the area with 0.15-0.25 mile visibilities.  Snow is mixing with rain, however, from Danville to Covington.  Reports of just heavy rainfall in northern Edgar County, Illinois to Vermillion County, Indiana.

All eyes are on that line. 

This next band looks to have blinding, heavy snow, but should be the last of the heaviest snowfall of the event.  We likely will not see such high snowfall rates again.

Be prepared if you are out for this band coming in though that will migrate northeastward over the next few hours.

Snowfall reports so far (thank you all very much for your reports!!!):

4" Shadeland

4" West Lafayette

3.5" Kentland

3.5" Fowler

3" Montmorenci

3" Attica

3" Wolcott

3" Veedersburg

3" Frankfort

3" Rossville

3" Delphi

3" Darlington

2.5" Romney

2.5" Kokomo

2" Monon

1.5" Peru

1.5" Kewanna

1.5" Morocco

Balint will have this latest forecast update at 11 p.m. on News 18 Weekend report on CBS.  He will also have Facebook updates.

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8:30 p.m.:

Heavy snow with large flakes...33...ESE wind 23 mph, gusts to 31 mph...3.3" snow

1.7" has fallen in past hour & 15 minutes at our WLFI ob site.

Conditions are worsening rapidly in the area with 1-2" per hour snowfall rates. 

Snow Emergency has been declared in West Lafayette. Be aware of the Emergency snow routes for plows.

Howard, Clinton, Pulaski & Fulton counties are under Travel Advisory.  Benton County is under a Travel Watch with only essential travel permitted (emergency & work traffic & nothing else).

The hill going westbound on Sagamore Parkway from Duncan Road to Solider's Home has been CLOSED due to the snowy conditions according to the West Lafayette & Lafayette Police Departments.

Totals of 1-4" reported over the area.  Roads are snow covered & winds are gusting to 37 mph.

Going 2-4" far southwest.....4-6" rest of south & 6-8" Greater Lafayette & north given that the rain line is holding & snow is falling so heavily.  Just kept the wording isolated +8" north of Lafayette due to lack of clarity on where focused +8" amounts may occur.

This is a nowcasting situation monitoring the snowfall bands & rain line.

Balint will have this latest forecast at 11 p.m. on CBS & will also be on Facebook for updates.

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7:15 p.m.: 

Heavy snow with large flakes...32...ESE wind 22 mph, gusts to 30 mph...1.6" snow

Gusts of up to 37 mph being measured in the viewing area with temperatures 31-34.

Even though temperatures are 31-34 after near 40 today, the snowfall rates are heavy enough for roads to be covered & very slippery.

The entire viewing area is reporting snow.  The rain line is just southwest of Covington as it is raining at Champaign & Chrisman, Illinois. Terre Haute has rain, but Greencastle has snow.  Central Illinois is all rain.  Central to northern Indiana is all snow currently.

2" of snow reported in Veedersburg, 1.8" Attica, 1" Delphi.

Heavy snowfall rates of 1-2" per hour at times are moving into the area from the southwest now. 

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6 p.m.:

Moderate snow with medium- to large-sized flakes...32...SE wind 18 mph, gusts to 26 mph...0.5" snow

Roads are getting slippery as snow spreads over area.  Have seen measured gusts from the southeast in the area to 34 mph.

Champaign, Illinois is now rain, as is northern Edgar County, Illinois.  Danville, Illinois is still snow.

Only observation site not reporting snow, or any precip for that matter, is Rochester where it is 34 with a dew point of 21. 

All other areas are low 30s with snow.

Much of central Illinois is rain.  We will be watching that line.

Balint will have this latest forecast at 11 p.m. on CBS & will also be on Facebook with updates.

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4:42 p.m.:

Light snow with small pellety, globular flakes...34...SE wind 20 mph, gusts to 26 mph...Trace snow

Sleet to snow pellets at first have quickly gone to snow at this site, but very little accumulation has occurred.  Up to dusting has already occurred in the western & southwestern areas.  We have wet-bulbed from 39 to 34 in 15 minutes.

Precip continues to spread northeastward with any mix quickly going to all snow.  Kentland, Monticello, Frankfort, Delphi, Fowler have been all flakes from the get-go.

Now we now-cast & dig into exact storm track & change-over through the night.

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Sat., 3:30 pm:  

WLFI Ob site conditions & snowfall accumuation:  Overcast...39 degrees...SE wind 18 mph, gusts to 25 mph...0" snow

Precipitation making it to the ground in western & southwestern areas with increasing lift & evaporative cooling.  Rain Covington....Sleet, snow pellet, rain at Veedersburg....snow at Kentland.

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