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Potential for record cold tomorrow

March 4th, 2015 at 9:42 pm by under Weather

Our average Fort Wayne high temp for March 5 is 43°.  However we’re likely to see highs only in the teens this time around.

Predicted high temps

Predicted high temps

A high of 16° in Fort Wayne would be the lowest high temp on record for the date.  The current record low high is 17° set back in 1978.  We’ll also come close to the record low of -4° into Friday morning.

After this latest blast of cold, warmer air moves in for next week.

After this latest blast of cold, warmer air moves in for next week.

Winter recap

March 3rd, 2015 at 11:49 pm by under Weather

To simplify weather record-keeping, and to make sure we’re comparing “apples-to-apples” (since dates of the equinoxes and solstices can vary slightly year-to-year), records for the winter season are based on a December-January-February calendar.  This is what we call “Meteorological Winter”.  “Meteorological Spring” began on March 1 and runs through May 31.

So, with our winter weather data in the books, I want to compare it to the official Live Doppler 15 Fury Winter Weather Outlook the weather team and I put together back in November and announced during our December winter weather special.

Here’s how things panned out:

Live Doppler 15 Fury Winter Forecast vs. Reality

Live Doppler 15 Fury Winter Forecast vs. Reality

We easily experienced colder than average temps, helped along by the fact that February was more than 12° below average – and was the 3rd coldest February on record in Fort Wayne (even colder than last February, which was nearly 11° below average).  In case you’re wondering, December was 3.5° above average and January was 3.3° below average.

As far as snow went, we did end up slightly above, but not that far from, our average Dec/Jan/Feb snow total of 26.3″.

You trusted your Live Doppler 15 Fury Storm Team to prepare you for winter and we delivered.  Thank you for turning to us for your forecasts.

Tuesday travel will be quite tricky

March 2nd, 2015 at 7:39 pm by under Weather

Here’s the latest timeline for Tuesday’s upcoming winter weather.   Tune in to First News for the latest in the morning to learn how conditions are developing out on the roads before you leave for the day.

As of this post, .1″-.2″ of ice is possible – however, that’s plenty to make roads quite slick and dangerous.

Timing of Tuesday's winter precip types

Timing of Tuesday’s winter precip types

Temps will be below freezing in Fort Wayne through the morning and mid-afternoon.  As a result, it will take some time before any icy patches will be able to start to melt away.  Our high temp won’t be reached until late night.

Tuesday's temperature timeline

Tuesday’s temperature timeline (Time Range 11PM Mon – 6 PM Tuesday)


Snow tonight and Thursday, more COLD air coming

February 25th, 2015 at 9:00 pm by under Weather

Another wave of snow is moving in tonight and it will continue for the morning commute.  By midday Thursday, the snow becomes more scattered and ends by mid-afternoon.

Snow amounts won’t be all that much – accumulations only around 1″ are expected across northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio.  Plus, in the good news dept., winds will be light from the northeast.  Blowing and drifting snow should not be a huge issue.  However, many roads may still be snow covered and slick, especially in rural areas.

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Snow forecast Wednesday night through Thursday afternoon (2/25-2/26)

2 days, 2 records

February 24th, 2015 at 10:30 pm by under Weather

As Greg reported earlier today, our Tuesday morning low temp of -6 set another record low.  Our first one of the week came one day earlier, on Monday, when our low also reached -6.

There’s another surge of colder air getting ready to flow in between now and Friday, but our record lows look to remain safe.  Our next chance at below zero temps comes Friday morning, when the Live Doppler 15 Fury Storm Team predicts a temp of -3.  However, the record low for the date is -18°!

Another below zero morning occurs Friday, but we won't be anywhere near the record low for the date.

Another below zero morning occurs Friday, but we won’t be anywhere near the record low for the date.

By Thursday and Friday, the next blast of cold will be in place and we will be quite close to record low high temps for the day.  Thursday’s lowest recorded high temp is 11° (1913) with Friday’s record being 13° (1925).  As of this posting, we’re predicting a high of 14° both days.



Next system to bring gusty winds and snow to the area

February 23rd, 2015 at 9:43 pm by under Weather

After another quite cold night with air temps down to -3°, and wind chills around -15° by Tuesday morning, our next weather system moves through during the day, keeping things quite wintry around here.

Snow amounts won’t be all that high, but gusty winds (sustained from the SW 15-25 mph and gusts up to 35 mph) will result in areas of blowing and drifting snow and tricky travel on the roads, with periods of whiteout conditions possible – especially on east/west roads, like the Indiana Toll Road/I-80/90.


Snow forecast update

February 20th, 2015 at 8:00 pm by under Weather

Here’s the latest snow forecast from the Live Doppler 15 Fury Weather Center.  This snow begins later tonight and continues through Saturday afternoon – ending by evening.

Saturday snow forecast (2/21/15)

Saturday snow forecast (2/21/15)

A COLD start to Friday with snow on the way

February 19th, 2015 at 9:35 pm by under Weather

The coldest air of the week is in place and temps will be even lower on Friday morning than the -3° low we experienced in Fort Wayne this morning.  By morning, winds will be relatively light, only about 5 mph from the southwest. But, with an air temperature of -6° (at least), our wind chill will be around -15°.

Our next round of snow moves closer tomorrow and begins later in the evening  (around 6 PM).  This snow will pick up in intensity on Saturday as a weather system moves across the eastern half of the country.  Between 2″-4″ of snow accumulation are possible from Fort Wayne south.  Lower totals will be found northward.

Saturday's snow forecast

Saturday’s snow forecast

COLD Thursday will set record

February 18th, 2015 at 9:53 pm by under Weather

Today’s high of 12° was noticeably colder than yesterday’s high of 22°.  And, there’s even colder air still off to our northwest which will flow in on Thursday.

Wednesday, February 18 high temps

Wednesday, February 18 high temps

As of now, high temps are expected to only reach around 4°.  Such a high temp would set a new record for lowest high temperature recorded on February 19th.  The current record is a high of 8° set back in 1936.

The record for the lowest high temp on 2/19 should easily be broken.

The record for the lowest high temp on 2/19 should easily be broken.

Don’t forget, it’s going to feel much colder than 4° all day long due to below zero wind chills (NW winds 10-15 mph, gusts to 25 mph).  This is especially true in the morning when air temps start off below 0 with wind chills in the -15 to -25 range.

Thursday morning wind chills will be at dangerously cold levels.

Thursday morning wind chills will be at dangerously low levels.

This next round of cold air will also keep lake effect snow going, primarily north of Fort Wayne.  Places that find themselves under one of the scattered lake effect snow bands will pick up anywhere between 2″ and 5″ of snow accumulation by the end of the day Thursday.

Thursday's snow forecast

Thursday’s snow forecast

Tracking incoming cold and snow

February 17th, 2015 at 10:05 pm by under Weather

Another surge of cold air is getting ready to settle into our area on Wednesday.  While we were able to get to around 20° today, this incoming arctic air will prevent us from getting above 10° during the afternoon.

With this cold air blowing over Lake Michigan, some lake effect snow is possible…especially northwest of Fort Wayne.  Traveling west along the Toll Road (I-80/90) into NW Indiana is expected to be difficult and dangerous, at times on Wednesday & Thursday, due to this snow teamed with gusty winds.  While the winds won’t be as strong as the 40-50 mph gusts we experienced Saturday, potential whiteout conditions are still possible along with blowing and drifting snow (primarily in rural areas).  Not much snow is picked up on Wednesday around here, but the snow will do a better job of accumulating on Thursday.