Weather outlook: Cold, snowy to turn warm, rainy

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Hazardous conditions are expected across Central Indiana as a low pressure system moves through the area this weekend. But looking ahead to next week, the big story will be flooding.

The National Weather Service warns the snow storm will bring accumulating snow through Friday and below zero wind chills overnight. NWS said untreated roads will be slippery, especially on the morning commute.

News 18 Chief Meteorologist Chad Evans said our viewing area will see one to three inches of snow on Friday, and another one to three inches likely on Saturday.

Several counties in the News 18 viewing area currently have travel restrictions in place. Jasper County is currently under a Travel Watch, which means only essential travel, such as to and from work or emergency situations, is recommended.

A Travel Advisory is in effect for Benton, Boone, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fountain, Miami, Montgomery, Pulaski, and Warren counties. Advisory status means routine travel is allowed, but it may be restricted in some areas because of hazardous conditions.

Evans said after the weekend snowfall, we can expect rain on Monday and then a big warm-up.

“A taste of spring,” said Evans. “Storms are possible, with near-record warmth and a high in the 60s on Friday.”

With the warming temps, melting snow and added rainfall, flooding will be a main concern next week. Evans said rivers will be rising above flood stage and ice jams may become an issue.

News 18 will monitor the river levels and keep you updated on flooding.

For more details on your local forecast, visit Chad’s Blog.

To view your county’s travel status, click here.

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