Storm Team 10 is tracking the Wabash Valley’s first significant snowfall of the year. This system will move in during the evening hours on Thursday and last through Friday evening and come in two waves. Here is a detailed look at the timeline of this winter weather system:
Tonight: A potent cold front will move through the area during the overnight hours tonight and temperatures will fall back to about 39 during the overnight as well.
Thursday: Increasingly colder air will take over the Valley with temps falling through the 30s on Thursday. Although Thursday will have several dry hours during the morning and afternoon, any rain showers will transition into a sleet/wintry mix.
A Winter Storm Watch will go into effect for all of our counties along and south of I-70 Thursday evening and last through Friday evening.
Overnight Thursday Evening Through Friday Morning: Widespread rain moves into our southern most counties first and transitions into a sleet/freezing rain mix south of I-70 and precipitation looks to be all snow north of I-70. Preliminary accumulation totals show 1″-2″ of snow north of the interstate by Friday morning with 0.10″ of ice/sleet plus 1″ of snow south. This ice accumulation will be enough to cause very rough travel come Friday morning.
Friday: By about 7 a.m. on Friday, we will see the first wave of precipitation coming to an end. At this point, all precipitation from here on out will change over to snow. Around midday on Friday, moderate to heavy bands of snow will set up and push through the Valley coming to an end by Friday evening.
Totals (Thurs. PM – Friday PM): Snowfall totals will range from 1″-3″ to the north, 3″-5″ along I-70 including Terre Haute, and 4″-6″ to our south with ice mixing in to the south as well. Keep in mind the potential is there for isolated higher amounts.
Check out the very latest video weather forecast here: http://www.wthitv.com/weather/forecast/storm-team-10-forecast
In addition to this system, there is a second weather system set to move in on Sunday which again, has the potential to bring ice and snow accumulations to the Wabash Valley. We will continue to monitor both weather systems and will bring you the very latest as it becomes available.