Friday’s the big day…the official lighting of the Broadway Plaza Christmas Tree. The lighting takes place at 6 PM, but the crowd will be gathering beforehand to see Santa, meet his reindeer and enjoy hot chocolate during this neighborhood celebration. And, guess what’s new this year?? Fireworks!
The festivities take place on Broadway Plaza, which is right in front of the Shine & Hardin Law Offices at 2810 Beaver Ave.
Lake effect snow began across the area this evening and will continue through Thursday night. Our current set up, with westerly winds, favors the placement of the highest snow accumulations north of Fort Wayne around LaGrange and Angola, with lower amounts as you head south.
Remember, lake effect snow totals can vary greatly over short distances – accumulations are all dependent on where the exact snow bands develop and how long they persist in those locations.
The day started off with a record low of 9° and was followed by a record cold afternoon. The 17° recorded at Fort Wayne International Airport easily beat the old record for lowest high temp on 11/18, which was 24° (1903). Now, we’re on tap to set another record tonight with temps dropping to 10° by Wednesday morning.
A record setting Tuesday!
Wednesday’s arrival will also bring more snow to the area. Look for the snow to start to accumulate in the morning and continue through the day.
Snow starts during the AM commute
Continues at noon
More by evening drive home
The highest amounts will be found in areas north of Fort Wayne with ongoing lake effect snow taking place on Thursday, increasing totals in LaGrange County to as high as around 8″.
I want to provide an update to the record cold info Greg posted earlier this morning.
All is staying the same with our nighttime forecast low of 10° – so, we remain on track for a tie of the 1959 record low for Nov. 18. As far as high temps go, we’ve had to drop our afternoon temps even lower, all the way to 17°, which, basically, assures that we will set a record low high temp for the day. We only need to be colder than 24° to set that record.
Tuesday’s temps are the lowest yet in this current “Winter Blast”.
Along with Tuesday’s record cold will come strong winds, which will magnify this already unusual level of November cold. Look at these wind chill forecasts:
Additional lake effect snow showers continue across the area on Friday. Much like today, for northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio, it will mean little in terms of accumulation. However, some spots north of Highway 30 (basically, north of Fort Wayne) have a higher potential to see accumulations of up to an inch. All will depend on where the lake effect snow bands develop and how long they persist in those locations.
Friday’s Snow Forecast
Today, South Bend picked up over 8″ of snow (and counting as of this posting). This same region in northwest Indiana and also southwestern Michigan stands to pick up the heaviest amounts on Friday. 1″-5″ of additional snow will be possible in those areas.
Friday Night Football forecast for 11/14/14
Conditions will still be cold, too. Highs will be around 30° with temps sinking into the 20s by the time the remaining area football games get underway at night. Make sure to bundle up all day but, especially, if you’ll be outside for the games.
The major weather story of the week, of course, is the plunge of cold air that’s spread across the country and is giving us high temps at least 20° below average each day through the 7-day forecast.
However, the other big weather story, and one you may not have heard about, is that 4 of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) websites were compromised by hackers back in September. NOAA is the parent governmental body of the National Weather Service.
Clearly, the thoughts of having potentially life-saving weather data (think tornado warnings) being cut-off from American citizens by hackers or forecasts being manipulated by those hackers to show different info, are significant concerns.
While a winter blast of arctic air is on the way, we won’t start to truly feel that cold surge until Wednesday.
Colder air’s ready to flow in to northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio.
Before the cold air gets here, we’ll experience some scattered rain falling from morning into the evening. The rain will wrap up by late night. There’s a slight chance some lingering late night raindrops could change to snowflakes but, little, if any, accumulation would occur.
Rain moves in during the morning
Continues during the afternoon
Rain still around in the evening
The week starts above average, turning well below average by Wednesday
Above average warmth has been in place ahead of this incoming system and it will continue to be in place on Tuesday, until the evening when colder air will start to flow in.
Our high temp of 60° today will not be matched anytime soon. We’ll be down in the mid 50s Tuesday with the 30s setting up shop on Wednesday and staying the rest of the week. Highs next Monday could be even lower, in the upper 20s! “Hats and gloves weather” is definitely coming our way far too early. Remember, our average high for this date is 53° – and we’ll be 20° lower than that from Wednesday on – wow!
The week starts above average, turns well below average by Wednesday
The Whitley County Courthouse in winter. (Credit: whitleygov.com)
After all the snow and travel issues encountered last year, the Whitley County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is looking for the help of its county residents to join the Winter Transportation Team.
You need to own a 4X4, tractor, snowmobile or other similar vehicle to be on the team, in the event you are called on to assist. However, there are other volunteer opportunities for those who’d like to be on call to help during winter weather emergencies.