WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Do not be fooled by the spring-like warmth we have Tuesday, because Old Man Winter is not done with us yet. Indiana will see another system move into our area Tuesday evening and change over to all snow for the Wednesday morning commute.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Indiana’s northern counties including Benton, Cass, Fulton, Jasper, Miami, Newton, Pulaski and White. NWS has a Winter Weather Advisory in effect for central Indiana including the counties of Boone, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Howard, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Tipton and Warren.
News 18 Chief Meteorologist Chad Evans said rain and a few thunderstorms will develop across the area Tuesday night with winds increasing as well, but will change to all snow by Wednesday morning.
Evans said rain will change to all snow from northwest to southeast across area beginning around 4 a.m. in Newton and Jasper counties and around 7 a.m. for the Lafayette area. He said very strong winds will accompany the snow with gusts up to 45 mph at times.
NWS said the storm will bring poor visibility and winds will cause blowing and drifting issues especially in open areas.
“It will be pretty nasty for a few hours, with the snow pulling out by noon,” Evans said. “Total snow accumulations look anywhere from 1.5 inches to 7 inches occurring from southwest to northeast. The Lafayette area looks to be near 2.5 to 3 inches.”
Evans said temperatures will fall throughout Wednesday and combined with strong winds of 40 to 45 mph, wind chills may possiblily drop to zero or below.
“Near record to record cold is likely Wednesday night as skies clear and winds diminish,” said Evans.
The Winter Weather Advisory and the Winter Storm Warning are both in effect for Wednesday from early morning until later afternoon.