March 11th, 2014 at 4:18 pm by Nicholas Ferreri under Weather
Our entire area is now under a Winter Storm Warning for Wednesday. What does this mean? Well, we’re expecting rain changing to snow just in time for the morning commute with a period of heavy snow to follow. Winds will be high, too…from the north, sustained between 15 and 25 mph, but gusting to 35 mph. This, of course, will result in blowing and drifting snow.
Winter Storm Warning Wednesday
Most of the snow will fall during the morning and then taper off, becoming more scattered during the afternoon. Significant accumulations are expected across the area by the end of the day, ranging from 4″-10″ with the highest amounts north of Fort Wayne. Keep checking in for more updates here on wane.com and NewsChannel 15 as this winter storm moves through.
Wednesday Snow Forecast
March 11th, 2014 at 11:46 am by Greg Shoup under Weather
Still a rain/snow mix south of Fort Wayne at 8 am according to Futurecast
As we’ve been alluding to the last couple of days this is going to be a messy system at the on-set early Wednesday morning as we will see rain slowly changing over to snow. You can see Futurecast does not change it over to snow until 8 am in our northern counties and still has some rain from Fort Wayne and south.
All snow through noon Wednesday
By noon we see all snow as it begins to accumulate across the area. Heavy snowfall is certainly likely and we have a large amount of moisture with this system.
Snow winds down by 4 pm Wednesday
The snowfall begins to wind down by late afternoon across the area.
This is how we expect the snowfall to measure up across the area
Here is our snowfall accumulation map. The northern areas will certainly see the ‘lions share’ of snowfall and could see up to 8 inches in some localized areas. Around Fort Wayne, because the change over to snow is a little slower we’ve taken snowfall amounts down to the 3 to 6″ range.
The same reasoning is why we have the lightest accumulation south of Fort Wayne.
March 10th, 2014 at 5:57 pm by Nicholas Ferreri under Weather
Our weather undergoes a complete 360 within a matter of a couple of days. Highs reached the low 50s on Monday which, for many, was a welcome change from the arctic cold we experienced this winter. However, another winter storm is getting together and will track our way by Wednesday. The National Weather Service has already issued a Winter Storm Watch for Wednesday as a result.
Winter Storm Watch for March 12, 2014
The incoming precipitation will begin as rain late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning, before changing over to snow by the Wednesday morning commute. Snow’s in the forecast through the day, but will be heaviest during the morning and then taper off, becoming more scattered during the afternoon.
Futurecast Rain Wed Midnight
Futurecast Rain/Snow Wed 6 AM
Futurecast Snow Wed 12 PM
Futurecast Wed 6 PM
The snow changes over to rain in areas north of Fort Wayne first, so higher accumulations are expected in those spots. The overall range through our region is 2″-8″ of snow from this storm. A lot could still change with this accumulation forecast over the next 2 days. Keep checking in with us here on wane.com and on NewsChannel 15 for the latest. A lot will be determined based on when the changeover from rain to snow occurs – if it happens quickly Wednesday morning, the higher snow accumulations are more likely – if it takes longer, and we experience more rain, snow amounts will be lower.
Wednesday Snow Forecast
Cold air will also come in behind this system…so, after one more day with highs around 50° on Tuesday, don’t expect highs much warmer than 30° on Wednesday.
March 10th, 2014 at 11:18 am by Greg Shoup under Weather
Snow fall estimates through Wednesday PM
On Friday it looked as if the forecast models were taking this system a little farther south with most of the energy there. There were a lot of inconsistencies in place. Now it seems most of those inconsistencies have been solved and we are seeing the heaviest snowfall from Fort Wayne and to the north. Snowfall amounts are anywhere from almost 4″ to just over 7″ and we will get get more clarity as we see this system make landfall and progress a little toward our area.
Futurecast has a mix of rain and snow early Wednesday morning
Futurecast has this beginning as a rain/snow mix at 2am
Changing to all snow by 6am Wednesday Morning
Changing to all snow by 6am with the heaviest snowfall expected to be from around 8am through 2pm Wednesday.
Ending with flurries by midnight
It should taper to flurries by late afternoon and evening. It will leave some colder air behind it with highs back in the 30s Wednesday and Thursday.
March 9th, 2014 at 6:30 pm by Jesse Hawila under Weather
Many of you have heard by now that a certain “4-letter word” may accumulate this Wednesday. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, check out the forecast video.
Instead of focusing on what many of you are sick of, let’s look ahead to the next 48 hours and talk about the warmest air of 2014 so far! Our winds will stay gusty and blow out of the southwest throughout the day Monday. Coupled with a decent amount of sunshine, many areas from Allen County south, will likely hit 50°
There is one factor that may hinder temps from quickly soaring to 50 that we have to watch. Clouds. Check out satellite radar from Sunday afternoon. While much of the cloud cover shouldn’t affect temperatures TOO much, they will prevent some locations from reaching 50° especially north of Fort Wayne.
March 9th, 2014 at 1:06 pm by Rob Lydick under Weather
We’ve finally got a taste of spring in the forecast – but as we’ve been saying for the past few days, don’t get too used to it. The chances for midweek snow still exist – and this could be accumulating snowfall!
The forecast models have been having a very difficult time with this system. The big uncertainties are related to the track and the subsequent precipitation types and amounts. The latest data suggests that this storm will track along the Ohio River, putting Northwest Ohio and Northeast Indiana in a sweet spot for accumulating snowfall. Precipitation may start out as a bit of a wintry mix Wednesday morning before changing over to mostly snow. With temperatures expected to be hovering right above freezing or slightly higher, some of the snow will initially melt as it hits the ground, especially given the forecast for temperatures near 50° on both Monday and Tuesday. But, the ground will still be frozen and snow will eventually stick. Snow looks to continue throughout the day Wednesday before tapering off Wednesday night into early Thursday morning. The big concern here will be the evening commute home on Wednesday.
Given the flip-flops between forecast model runs, preliminary snowfall totals are extremely difficult. At this point, it’s looking like 3″+ is a good bet, but we’ll definitely be fine-tuning this in the coming days as we get more information, possibly increasing or decreasing those totals.
This is just an update to our early outlook for this storm. A lot can change in the next few days!
Keep checking back with the Live Doppler 15 Fury Storm Team on wane.com and on NewsChannel 15 for all the latest!
March 8th, 2014 at 4:34 pm by Jesse Hawila under Weather
Don’t forget to set your clocks one hour ahead before you go to bed tonight! 1:59 AM will tick over to 3:00 AM overnight for daylight saving time. The hour change means:
SUNRISE on Sunday will become 8:02 AM
SUNSET on Sunday will become 7:41 PM
Indiana hasn’t participated in DST for very long. On April 2, 2006, the entire state of Indiana became the 48th state to observe daylight saving time.
March 8th, 2014 at 10:30 am by Rob Lydick under Weather
The brutal cold we’ve experienced over the past few months has not just affected us here. As we’ve posting on our social media and in this weather blog, the Great Lakes have been feeling the icy grip of Mother Nature recently too.
The ice cover over the Great Lakes has been astounding…the most in 35 years! Earlier this week, about 92% of the Lakes were covered with ice. That’s just a little over 1% shy of the all-time record set back in 1979. All of the Lakes, with the exception of Lake Ontario, are more than 90% covered with ice. Lake Ontario is a little over 60% covered at the moment – it’s so deep that it never freezes over. To put this into perspective: the area under ice this winter covered about 86,000 square miles, which is a little bit larger than the whole state of Minnesota!
Here’s a look at historical ice coverage over the Great Lakes. Courtesy: GLERL.
Of course, this record amount of ice coverage will have some serious implications, including the possibility of a cooler spring in the Great Lakes & Midwest areas. In fact, the ice on some of the Lakes could stick around for a while if we don’t warm up soon! This is also causing some big problems when it comes to transportation of goods through the Great Lakes.
As of March 7th, the Great Lakes are still more than 90% ice-covered. Courtesy: GLSEA.
If you’re as fascinated by this as I am, you may want to check out the following:
March 7th, 2014 at 10:07 pm by Nicholas Ferreri under Weather
Saturday will see a brief period of a wintry mix early in the day, changing to snow showers later in the morning which will last into the day’s second half. Accumulations will be light and less than 1″ by the end of the day.
Saturday’s Snow Forecast
Next week, on Wednesday, a more significant system may head our way. It’s still too early to tell just how much snow we’ll get from this one, but the early indications are enough for me to tell you to be prepared to pull out the shovels and rev up the snowblowers. Continue to check back in with us here on wane.com and on NewsChannel15 as Wednesday gets closer. ((Click on the above thumbnails to see them enlarged.))
March 7th, 2014 at 9:59 pm by Nicholas Ferreri under Weather
Thanks to all the WANE viewers and wane.com visitors who submitted modern-day “March Mottoes” to replace the age-old saying, “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” It was a lot of fun reading all the thoughts you each shared.
Here are the favorite submissions that I featured throughout the week on NewsChannel 15, in case you missed any. To see more submissions, please visit my “Nicholas Ferreri” facebook and twitter (@nicholasweather) pages.
March comes in like a cold pack and goes out like a hot tamale. – Mike N Tracey Stahl
March comes in like a wrecking ball and goes out like a snowball. – @gregmiller78 on twitter (He apologizes for the Miley Cyrus reference
March comes in like a Mother-in-Law and out like a new girlfriend. – Denny Smith
March comes in like a marine and goes out like a nun. – Lori Vance-Silvers
March comes in like Metallica and goes out like Johnny Mathis – Ronald Upton
March comes in like a horror movie and goes out like a love story. – Kathy Brigle
March comes in with a snow blower and goes out with a lawn mower. – @lucifoltz
March comes in like a Badger and goes out like a Hoosier. – Augie Augenstein
March comes in like Vladimir Putin and goes out like Pee-wee Herman. – Glenn Robinson
March comes in like a ruffian and goes out like a gentleman. – Amy Wysong
March comes in like a Mack truck and goes out like a Cozy Coupe. – @acwrenchturner
March comes in like “Frozen” and goes out like “Happy Days”. @sajones1942
March comes in like a quarrel and goes out like a solution. – Cara Lou Strahley
March comes in like madness and goes out like gladness. – Debbie Deuter