Snowy weekend ahead

WLFI File Photo
WLFI File Photo

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Snow is falling Friday and more white stuff heads our way this weekend.

Area law enforcement agencies are already sending notices to the community, urging the community to slow down due to slick conditions on roadways. News 18 has been informed of multiple side-offs and crashes due to the roadways.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Central Indiana. Local counties currently under advisory include Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fountain, Jasper, Montgomery, Newton, Tippecanoe, Warren and White.

NWS said snow, sleet and freezing rain are possible Friday night into Saturday. Officials warn warmer temperatures will drop and untreated road, bridges and overpasses may become icy and snow covered. Travel may become difficult.

News 18 Chief Meteorologist Chad Evans said snow will continue into Friday night, then change to sleet and freezing rain from south to north. He said the icing will overspread the Lafayette area with ice accumulations of one-tenth to one-quarter of an inch by Saturday morning.

Evans said ice will change to rain Saturday in the Lafayette area, while ice & snow will continue in our north & northwest. But the rain will change back, and we will have ice and snow return to the area by Saturday evening.

“There will be a flash freeze Saturday night. The high in Lafayette will be 36 tomorrow and drop to 13 that same day,” said Evans. “Wind will not be an issue until Saturday night, with speeds of 15 to 25 mph.”

Evans estimates that from tonight into Saturday night the area will see anywhere from a couple inches up to six inches, with higher accumulation totals predicted for the northern counties.

Evans said it isn’t the end to the white stuff either. He said more snow is likely Tuesday into Wednesday of next week. He said models are leaning towards four or more inches, with icing in southeastern counties, and strong winds up to 40 mph possible.

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