Here are a few reported totals of the Sunday snow.
After winter 2014 brought record, brutal cold and snow, it’s hard to imagine being colder during any month this year… but we did it. This February was not only colder than last year’s February, but it even placed in the top 3 coldest of all time for Fort Wayne. February 2015 will officially go down as the third coldest on record for the summit city. If you average the highs and lows for each day this month, our average temps was a harsh 15.7°.
The roads are treacherous in many places this morning! I don’t think I went faster than 20 mph on my entire drive in to WANE-TV. If you’re heading out today, give yourself plenty of time to get to where you’re going. Most folks woke up to a blanket of fluffy snow this morning with temps in the teens. Here’s a look at some of the reports that came in:
With snow continuing for most of the day before wrapping up this evening, we’re far from done. Most of our area will see at least a few more inches of the white stuff. Here’s a look at our updated snow forecast (includes what already fell last night):
Be safe and keep checking back for updates!
Accumulating snow is working its way in late tonight and will linger through Sunday evening. We’re anticipating the snow to arrive for most by 10 PM. This will start of light in intensity and pick up a bit overnight. About two inches of snow is possible by daybreak.
As the snow falls overnight, travel Sunday morning will be slick, so please take your time getting where you need to be! Snow showers will continue for most of Sunday morning, but we expect a breaks in the snow for the late morning and early afternoon. Here’s a look at Futurecast depicting that break at 1PM
This break in the action will be followed up by more snow showers in the afternoon and evening. Temperatures will climb into the upper 20s to near 30 by 4 pm. Some good news too, wind is not a big factor in this storm so blowing and drifting will be kept to a minimum. When all is said and done, we’re still expecting several inches of snow with the heaviest totals in the southern half of the viewing area.
Here’s a quick update on the incoming snow:
- Still set to arrive late this evening with everyone seeing some light snow by midnight.
- Up to 1″ on the ground by tomorrow morning.
- Snow continues throughout the day with some breaks. Heaviest now looking to be midday.
- Temps in the lower 30s, so still likely a heavy, wet snow.
- Blowing/drifting will not be a concern with this storm.
- Slick travel and poor visibility will be the biggest impacts.
This storm is looking to track a little further south, so I’ve adjusted the snow totals map accordingly:
We’re still on track for seeing accumulating snow this weekend. Snow will begin late Saturday night (towards midnight) and continue throughout the day on Sunday. Some breaks will be possible on Sunday, with the heaviest snow likely during the afternoon and evening. Temperatures will hover right around freezing, making this a wet snow. Winds will be light so blowing/drifting is not a concern for this event. We had previously been thinking some mix would be possible, but now it’s looking more like things should stay as all snow here. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect:
By the time the storm is over, most folks can expect to see 3″-6″ of snow, with lesser amounts as you get close to the Michigan state border.
So far snowfall estimates have fluctuated with different mathematical outputs. The new GFS has about 5.6″ of snowfall. The NAM output coming in at about 3.6″. And interestingly enough the ECMWF output has about 5.6″. That would be just under the Winter Storm Warning criteria but it will be quite close. The other thing that will be close is the rain snow line. Right now Futurecast has the rain/snow line south of Portland which would still put most of our area in 3 to 5 inch range of snowfall for Sunday.
We will keep you up to date with the latest on changes that come along with this forecast but I’m impressed we are finally seeing some consistency with these mathematical outputs.
We’ll see quiet and cold weather the next couple of days, but accumulating snow will arrive before the weekend is over. Forecast models have been flipping back and forth with how to handle this system. Timing has been pretty consistent, with precipitation falling throughout the day on Sunday and wrapping up into early Monday morning. It’s the track that has been a big question mark. Models had been showing a warmer solution earlier this week, allowing temperatures to climb into perhaps the upper 30s. The latest trends have been colder, however, likely keeping most of the precip as snow. With temps hovering near freezing, a bit of mix is not out of the question. This would also likely be a wet snow.
Regardless of the track this storm takes, Sunday is shaping up to be a messy travel day – so plan ahead! Keep checking back in with the Live Doppler 15 Fury Storm Team for the latest updates!
Take a look at the northwest part of this map. We are seeing very cold air rebuilding and it will move in later today. Minneapolis had a temperature of 5 at noon. That’s what we have to look forward to.
Here are snowfall totals from Thursday morning. Most places in NE Indiana received well under 1″
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.