Saturday, January 8, 2011

Below Zero Wind Chills Tonight, And Snow Chances To Start Next Week!

Winter weather is here and it's gonna stick around for a while. Cold temperature's for the next few nights along with below zero wind chills! Also we have our first playoff game for the Indianapolis Colts tonight! Kick off is at 8:00pm EST! What's in store weather - wise for the game? Let's take a look.
That's right tonight we can expect mostly cloudy skies becoming partly cloudy as the night goes on. Until then we can't rule out a few off and on scattered light snow flurries around the area. Nothing major! Lows coming back from the game will be around 12* degrees! Be sure to dress warm. One thing we can't forget is the wind chills tonight. With winds blowing between 10 and 15 mph we will have wind chills below zero. Take a look.
Talk about COLD! Over the next few weeks we are going to be seeing more below average temperature days then average temperature days. This is also the case for Precipitation. We will see more above average precipitation days then below average precipitation days.

Now because we are on the topic of "Average Precipitation" what about our snow for this month? So far Lafayette, has had a grand total of 0.3" Inches of snow for the month of January! Do we have more coming anytime soon? At this point and time I believe we may!
Above is a weather model showing some precipitation possibly moving into the area by late Monday night into Early Tuesday! This image above is looking at Tuesday morning. You can see we are on the north side of that 540 line. This means we are looking for an all snow event at this time. This model is showing a possible 2" to maybe 4" inches of snowfall. You can see how things look for Tuesday around Noon time below.
Even though these models are expecting a possible 2" to 4" inches of snowfall at this time, I have the MOS models expecting enough precipitation for anywhere between a trace to 2" inches possible. So I'm going to continue to watch this system as it continues to develop before I post a snow - cast map. A lot of things can change the amount of snow we see in a storm.

Such as on average an inch of rain is usually around ten inches of snow. However this isn't always the case. Sometimes if it's a real fluffy light snow then we could see 15" inches of snow that only melts down to an inch of water! That's why temperatures play a big factor in forecasting snow. The heavier and wet the snow, The more precipitation you need to reach higher amounts of snowfall. So for now we will continue to watch the data as it comes in and once things get a little closer I will post a Snow - Cast map. Until then I figured I would give you all an idea as to what we will be tracking over the next day or two!

Now let's take a look at your quick cast below.

Quick Cast.....

Sunday we will look for partly cloudy skies across the WLFI viewing area. Highs will be in the middle 20s around 27* degrees with lows that night around 15* degrees. winds light between 3 and 5 mph.

Monday we will see the clouds move back into the area. Mostly cloudy skies through out the day. Highs will be in the middle 20s with lows that night around 19* degrees. A few light snow showers are possible as we head into Monday night with a more steady snow by Tuesday possible. Winds will be between 5 and 10 mph.

That's the latest for now bloggers! Enjoy the game tonight. GO COLTS!! And then be ready for more winter weather tracking to start off next week! I'll check back soon.....

God Bless!

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