AWS Festival of Lights begins tonight and it raises money for a great cause. It will be rather cold for this event but the good news is you can drive through Franke Park with the heat on inside your car. You don’t ever have to get out! This event begins tonight and runs each evening through December 31st.
Your trip to grandma’s house may be a little tricky if you are leaving Wednesday. A large scale weather system will move across the eastern third of the U.S. causing heavy rainfall along the coast and heavy snowfall inland. This snowfall will spread into New York by Wednesday evening which will most likely cause lots of travel headaches.
The rain came overnight ahead of this powerful storm system and Fort Wayne recorded an all time record of 1.56″ through midnight shattering an old record from 1979 of .69″.
Gusty winds were the next problem as they began moving in late morning with a wind gust of 50 knots or 57 mph at Fort Wayne Airport (10:19 am). These winds also knocked out power to thousands of residents across the area as power poles got knocked down by trees and the gusty winds.
Air from the southwest United States is coming in and a couple of things are going to happen that we need to highlight. First of all it won’t be a 100% smooth transition. This warmer air will move in to the middle layers of the atmosphere, while the colder air sinks. this will cause a brief period of freezing rain before dawn. Most of our model solutions are now favoring a very quick warm up Saturday morning so ice accumulation and dangerous weather from this situation should be rather minimal.
Bottom line is that this should be a warmer but mostly wet weekend. The majority of the precipitation comes in Sunday with one of our hi-resolution forecast solutions bringing almost an inch of precipitation! The good news is that it will all be liquid this time.
There is lots of coverage of the huge amount of lake effect snow or LES across Buffalo, NY. But what makes LES different? First off we are seeing an extremely cold air mass for this time of year, this cold air is very ‘deep’ and to add to it is very warm lake waters. These factors act as an almost perfect environment for LES. It also causes heat and moisture to rise rapidly which is something we usually equate with thunderstorms. Cold air moves over warm waters and because of the geography of the water basin and the depth a large amount of instability is created and causes huge amounts of moisture to be carried away from the lake and that of course is turned to snow. This snow as you can imagine is very wet and heavy since there is an increased water content.
If you think we’ve had a tough time with snow and cold then check out Buffalo, N.Y. They’ve already had over a foot of snowfall and there is more coming. Houses have been buried and some houses are even caving in. Here is a gallery of pictures from our sister station in Buffalo.
Our low temperature record for November 18th was set early in the morning at 4:36 am. The record maximum temperature was set in 1903 at 24 degrees.
The official snowfall at Fort Wayne Airport tied an all time daily record set back in 1932 of 3.4″. Here are the latest snowfall totals from the National Weather Service across the area.
Now get ready for some record setting temperatures. If we reach our forecast low of 10 degrees tonight it will tie a record for the lowest all time record for November 18th which was originally set back in 1959. If the high temperature does not get past 24 we will set an all-time daily maximum for the date. The previous record lowest maximum temperature was set at 24 in 1903. Our forecast high for Tuesday is 19 degrees.
A weather system which will bring in much colder into the region will first bring in some accumulating snowfall potential. In fact, areas north and west of Fort Wayne will see the most snowfall potential with 1 to 2 inches possible through Kendallville, Columbia City and portions of Steuben counties. An inch or less is possible for the rest of our area.
Early Thursday morning there was a heavy lake effect snow burst which dumped several inches of snow around the South Bend area. Here are some of the totals. Fort Wayne had very light snowfall, but there was enough to cause havoc and many accidents on local area roads and especially interstates.