Patchy drizzle, freezing drizzle & light snow will continue into the afternoon, despite main area of heavier precipitation out of the area.
Road conditions should continue to improve overall.
However, with any lingering precipitation this evening with light accumulations & re-freezing of any moisture or slush, areas of black ice will develop around & after 5 p.m.
Some precipitation totals from COOP, CoCoRAHs & WLFI observers:
West Lafayette 0.5" sleet, trace freezing rain, 0.1" snow
Southeast Lafayette 0.5" sleet/freezing rain
Frankfort 0.4" sleet/freezing rain
Kokomo 0.5" sleet/freezing rain
Monticello 0.5" sleet/freezing rain/snow
Twelve Mile 0.5" sleet/freezing rain/snow
Morocco 2" snow
DeMotte 2" snow
Ice storm with many trees, limbs & powerlines down has occur Indy metro & southward. 50% of Rush County is without power & tens of thousands are without power through southern Indiana.
It has pretty much been a sleet storm in Greater Lafayette, which cut snowfall totals. 0.3-0.7" sleet has been reported for a good chunk of the area. I measured 0.5" of sleet with 0.1" snow in West Lafayette. Up to 0.08" of freezing rain has fallen in our southeastern areas.
Up to 2.5" of snow has fallen in our far western & northwestern counties, however. Northern Jasper County reports up to 2.5" of snow, as does far western Benton County.
Roads are slick & hazardous in the viewing area, but main accumulating precipitation is over. However, patchy light snow, drizzle & some freezing drizzle are possible through afternoon with temperatures warming to 33-35.
Chicago NWS put out the Winter Weather Advisory for Benton, Newton, Jasper. So, entire viewing area is under advisory now.
Icy mix continues over much of the area. I have measured 0.1" of sleet & trace of freezing rain at 3 W West Lafayette. Roads & sidewalks are extremely slippery....like walking on small marbles.
Tim is still reporting freezing rain at Veedersburg, but he says it is much lighter.
Snow is falling now in Newton County, reportedly.
Transition to snow from near the state line eastward will occur over the next several hours.
Snow will tend to wind down by mid-morning.
Beware of the ice storm underway in the Indy metro & southward if your travels take you there this morning. 10,000 households are without power in southern Indiana.
Here is the 11 p.m. forecast:
Winter Weather Advisory expanded to cover White, Pulaski, Fulton, Miami, Cass counties per NWS Northern Indiana Office. Warren, Tippecanoe, Clinton, Howard, Fountain, Montgomery remain in it, per NWS Indianapolis. NWS Chicago does not have advisory for Benton, Newton, Jasper, but conditions will be similar as in the advisory with rough road conditions.
Given the history of the damaging icing across Kentucky & southern Indiana with trees, limbs & powerlines reportedly down, NWS Indianapolis has upgraded to Ice Storm Warning for Indianapolis metro, southward across south-central Indiana. So, if your travels take you there in the morning, beware! Good to delay or cancel.
It is a driving sleet storm here at 3 W West Lafayette & Roads & sidewalks are very slick, coated in sleet. It is snowing in Fowler.
Wind-driven sleet, freezing rain & snow here 3 W West Lafayette. Roads & sidewalks covered in ice & very slippery. Light dusting of sleet on grass & snow board. Edge of precip runs Fowler to Brookston to Flora to Kokomo & moving northward.
All freezing rain at Veedersburg reported. Sleet & freezing rain reported from Crawfordsville with "bad roads". Burst of sleet & snow initially at Frankfort, now report of all freezing rain.
Wind-driven sleet has begun here 3 W West Lafayette. Heavy sleet & freezing rain mix reported at Veedersburg. Sleet reported from Crawfordsville.
Leading edge of icy mix runs from Pine Village to Battle Ground to Burlington to Kokomo & is continuing to move northward.
Latest HRRR model shows the transition from this icy mix to snow, then the snow taper late morning-midday. Only patches of snow, drizzle & some freezing drizzle will occur after that. After rough commute, roads should improve nicely midday to afternoon as temperatures warm to 33-35.
Heaviest snow looks to fall 3:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
11 p.m. forecast is here: https://www.wlfi.com/weather/
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