Winter Storm Blog - January 7-8, 2010

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January 7-8, 2010

Indianapolis Storm Total Snowfall...4.1 inches as of 1:00 AM EST January 8

3:30 AM EST...The Winter Weather Advisory has been extended through 1 PM EST today.  While additional snow accumulations will be no more than a few tenths of an inch...west-northwest winds will gust up to 25 mph.  This will lead to continued blowing and drifting of roadways across central Indiana, especially in rural areas.

1:00 AM EST...Storm total snowfall at Indianapolis is 4.1 inches. Light snow showers and flurries continue across central Indiana.  Westerly winds gusting up to 20-25 mph continue to cause blowing and drifting of roadways. 

4:30 PM EST...Storm total snowfall at Indianapolis is 4.0 inches. Significant accumulating snowfall has ended across central Indiana and only a few tenths of an inch are expected through daybreak Friday. A new summary LSR has been issued for snowfall amounts and the highest measured amount thus far has been 7.0 inches in Williamsport in Warren county (measured at 3:15 PM EST). Winds have been increasing out of the west and blowing snow has been reported at the Indianapolis Airport.

2:40 PM EST...Spotter reports from northeastern Marion county indicate up to 5 inches of storm total snow.

1:40 PM EST...Significant accumulating snow has largely ended at Indianapolis, with only lingering light snow showers across the area.  The storm total snowfall is up to 3.9 inches.

12:40 PM EST...Storm total snowfall at Indianapolis is now up to 3.8 inches.  The heaviest snowfall has largely ended in the city and points westward.  A substantial snow band continues to push across eastern Indiana, and will exit central Indiana by 3:00 PM EST.

12:25 PM EST...The back edge of the most intense snowfall band is roughly from Kokomo to Indianapolis and Bedford at this time, with one final but slightly weaker band stretching from Greencastle to Bloomington.  As the final snowfall band passes, winds will swing quickly around to the west and gust up to 25 mph.  This could cause some blowing and drifting of snow, especially in rural areas on north-south oriented roadways.  Light snow showers will linger through the afternoon and into the evening hours.  Temperatures this afternoon will drop into the teens.

11:40 AM EST...Storm total snowfall at Indianapolis is now up to 3.5 inches.

11:10 AM EST...Snowfall reports across eastern portions of central Indiana are generally coming in around 3 inches, with another 1-2 inches possible through the afternoon.

10:40 AM EST...Storm total snowfall at Indianapolis is up to 3.0 inches.  Reports continue to indicate widespread travel difficulties.  The back edge of the most intense snowfall is approaching the Illinois/Indiana border at this time.

10:14 AM EST...A spotter in Bedford reports 2.5 inches of snowfall for the event thus far.  Reports continue to indicate around 2-3 inches in the Indianapolis metro area, with higher amounts over northwestern central Indiana.  Travel remains difficult across the area.

9:45 AM EST...Storm total snowfall at Indianapolis is up to 2.4 inches.  Local media reports indicate slick and hazardous travel conditions, with a few road closures around the area.  Click here for traffic and road condition information, courtesy of the Indiana Department of Transportation.

9:41 AM EST...The Winter Weather Advisory has been upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning across northwestern portions of central Indiana...along and northwest of a Rockville to Kokomo line.  Reports are coming in of up to 5 inches of accumulation in this area with additional snowfall expected with a band pushing through the area at this time.

9:30 AM EST...Snowfall reports from various county highway departments and law enforcement agencies indicate anywhere from 2.5 to as much as 5 inches across west central and northwest central Indiana.

9:05 AM EST...Snowfall reports across the western Indy metro area and southwest of the city thus far are running around 2 inches.  A big thank you goes out to all spotters who have taken the time to report snowfall amounts thus far.

8:55 AM EST...Storm total snowfall at NWS Indianapolis is up to 2.2 inches.  We are currently watching a particularly intense snowband over eastern Illinois that should move into the Lafayette area by around 1000 AM EST.

8:25 AM EST...As of 8:00 AM EST...storm total snowfall at NWS Indianapolis was 1.7 inches.  Various reports around central Indiana indicate up to 2 inches over west central Indiana, with only light amounts so far in east central Indiana.  Snowfall rates of up to one inch per hour are possible through the morning hours.



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