A potent storm system brought snow, sleet, and a little freezing rain to Central Indiana on February 5. Snow lingered into the early part of February 6, but strong winds created blowing and drifting snow problems during the day of the 6th. Snowfall amounts around 9 inches were reported across eastern sections of Central Indiana, with amounts decreasing to just a couple of inches across southwest sections. Reports of drifts up to 4 feet high were reported in Delaware county early on February 6.

Low pressure moved into eastern Kentucky and then remained nearly stationary for several hours. This, plus the movement of an upper level system across the area, allowed the precipitation to continue for many hours. Below is a radar image taken at about 3:00 PM on February 5. Click the image for a full size version.

Radar image near 3:00 PM Feb 5

Gusty winds caused blowing and drifting of snow Friday night into Saturday. Below are some peak winds during the event at a few Central Indiana locations:

 

Location

Peak Wind (mph)

Muncie

46

Indianapolis

44

Indianapolis Eagle Creek

37

Terre Haute

35

Bloomington

33

 

Below are snowfall and snow depth maps as of 7:00 AM February 6.  Click the images to see a full size version.

Snowfall map

Snowdepth map

Here are a few pictures of snow from across the area. Click any picture for a larger version. Thanks to all those who sent pictures in.

Snowfall at IND at 4:45 pm Snowfall at IND at 7:20 PM

Outside the NWS Indianapolis Office at around 4:45 PM

Outside the NWS Indianapolis Office at around 7:20 PM

 

Picture from Muncie Northwest Side of Indy

Picture from the north side of Muncie

Picture from the far northwest side of Indianapolis

 

A summary of some of the snowfall reports received:

THE TOTALS BELOW ARE SEPARATED INTO SNOW...AND ICE AND SLEET
CATEGORIES...THEN BY AMOUNT...AND ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE
FINAL AMOUNT FOR EACH LOCATION.


SNOW REPORTS LISTED BY AMOUNT

 INCHES  LOCATION                 ST  COUNTY           TIME
 ------  -----------------------  --  --------------   -------
  9.50   5 N MUNCIE               IN  DELAWARE         0225 AM
                 4 FOOT SNOW DRIFTS
  9.00   RUSHVILLE                IN  RUSH             0730 AM
  9.00   3 SSE RIDGEVILLE         IN  RANDOLPH         0700 AM
  8.50   NEW WHITELAND            IN  JOHNSON          0708 AM
                 8.5 INCHES REPORTED VIA FACEBOOK.
  8.50   2 S ALEXANDRIA           IN  MADISON          1125 PM
  8.40   MCCORDSVILLE             IN  HANCOCK          0826 AM
  8.00   STRAUGHN                 IN  HENRY            1029 PM
                 SNOW IS DRIFTING AS WELL
  7.50   6 S INDIANAPOLIS         IN  MARION           0800 AM
                 MEASURED BY COCORAHS OBSERVER.
  7.00   NOBLESVILLE              IN  HAMILTON         0746 AM
  7.00   4 N INDIANAPOLIS         IN  MARION           0700 AM
                 MEASURED BY COCORAHS OBSERVER.
  7.00   4 WNW ATLANTA            IN  TIPTON           0530 AM
                 MEASURED BY A COCORAHS OBSERVER.
  6.70   6 SE CRAWFORDSVILLE      IN  MONTGOMERY       0700 AM
  6.50   4 N ZIONSVILLE           IN  BOONE            0800 AM
                 MEASURED BY COCORAHS OBSERVER.
  6.50   MORRISTOWN               IN  SHELBY           0700 AM
  6.10   6 SSW SPEEDWAY           IN  MARION           0700 AM
                 OBSERVATION TAKEN AT NWS IND.
  6.00   SEYMOUR                  IN  JACKSON          0715 AM
  6.00   4 SSE NEW CASTLE         IN  HENRY            0700 AM
                 MEASURED BY A COCORAHS OBSERVER.
  6.00   2 SW NEW CASTLE          IN  HENRY            0700 AM
                 REPORT FROM A COCORAHS OBSERVER.
  6.00   FRANKFORT                IN  CLINTON          1003 PM
                 6 INCHES ESTIMATED BY PUBLIC
  5.70   1 NNW AVON               IN  HENDRICKS        0700 AM
                 REPORT TAKEN BY A COCORAHS OBSERVER.
  5.00   8 WSW COLUMBUS           IN  BARTHOLOMEW      0700 AM
                 MEASURED BY COCORAHS OBSERVER.
  5.00   LAFAYETTE                IN  TIPPECANOE       1003 PM
                 5 INCHES MEASURED BY WLFI
  4.60   2 S LAFAYETTE            IN  TIPPECANOE       0700 AM
                 MEASURED BY COCORAHS OBSERVER.
  4.40   1 ENE BROOKLYN           IN  MORGAN           0820 AM
                 MEASURED BY COCORAHS OBSERVER.
  4.40   2 NE NORTH VERNON        IN  JENNINGS         0730 AM
  4.30   6 WNW BLOOMINGTON        IN  MONROE           0800 AM
                 MEASURED BY COCORAHS OBSERVER.
  4.00   4 WNW PERRYSVILLE        IN  VERMILLION       0900 AM
  4.00   4 SW REELSVILLE          IN  PUTNAM           0800 AM
  4.00   SPENCER                  IN  BROWN            0700 AM
  4.00   1 WNW COVINGTON          IN  FOUNTAIN         0700 AM
                 MEASURED BY COCORAHS OBSERVER.
  4.00   4 SW KOKOMO              IN  HOWARD           0515 AM
                 MEASURED BY COCORAHS OBSERVER.
  3.40   WILLIAMS                 IN  LAWRENCE         0700 AM
  3.00   FREELANDVILLE            IN  KNOX             0700 AM
  3.00   FLORA                    IN  CARROLL          0700 AM
  2.70   MARSHALL                 IN  PARKE            0700 AM
  2.00   1 SW PENCE               IN  WARREN           0905 AM
  2.00   8 S SHOALS               IN  MARTIN           0700 AM
  1.90   5 WNW GRAYSVILLE         IN  SULLIVAN         0700 AM
  1.70   TERRE HAUTE              IN  VIGO             0920 AM

 

 


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