The Indianapolis area and much of central and northern Indiana will have a White Christmas. Temperatures will remain near or below freezing through the Christmas weekend. Some of the area may receive some additional snowfall by Christmas.
If one measures a white Christmas by how much snow is on the ground…the Indianapolis area will have its whitest Christmas since 2004. Snow depth in the Indianapolis area ranges between 4 and 6 inches. Some settling of the snow may occur by Christmas.
Snow cover exists along and north of a line from Terre Haute to Madison, Indiana as shown below in visible satellite picture the morning of the December 23, 2010. The southern edge of the snow field is clearly visible, but much of the snow cover in central and northern Indiana is obscured by clouds.
Little or no snow cover exists in the Farmersburg, Bedford and Paoli areas except where artificial snow is made for skiing. Snow cover is visible in the Rockville, Crawfordsville, Martinsville and Bloomington areas. Snow cover is hidden by clouds in the Valparaiso, Logansport, Indianapolis, Greensburg and Madison areas. Snow depth ranges from around an inch to 16 inches at La Porte in northwest Indiana.
An epic snow storm on December 22-23, 2004 dumped from 1 to more than 2 feet of snow on central and southern Indiana. Interstates 64, 65 and 74 were closed and Interstate 70 was crippled in Indiana at the height of this storm.
A record 9 inches of snow was on the ground at the Indianapolis airport on Christmas 2004. During Christmas 2004, the deepest snow cover existed in southern Indiana rather than northern Indiana. Up to 2 feet of snow covered portions of southern Indiana while portions of northwest Indiana had only a trace.