Wild Week of Weather in Central Indiana

Central Indiana has seen a wild week of weather to close out January and start February. In just one week the area has seen severe weather and record highs go to snow squalls and temperatures in the single digits.

Temperatures warmed from near seasonal values around January 26 to much above normal and even record temperatures by January 30. A record high of 65 degrees was set just after 1:00 AM at Indianapolis on January 30. A couple of cold fronts then brought severe weather and much colder temperatures.

As colder air continued to flow into the area, snow squalls developed across the area on January 31. The snow squalls brought brief periods of near zero visibility and some light snow accumulations. A large accident occurred on Interstate 70 just west of Indianapolis during these conditions. Temperatures bottomed out in the single digits by the morning of February 1, and then 1-2 inches of snow were common across the area on February 2.

Below is a graph of temperature and dewpoint at the Indianapolis International Airport during the 7 day period ending the morning of February 2nd. Below the graph is a listing of daily conditions at the Indianapolis International airport during the period.

7 Day Temperature and Dewpoint Graph


Date High Temp. Low Temp. Average Temp.

Avg. Temp's
Departure from Normal

Precipitation Snowfall
1-26 31 13 22 -6 0.00 0.0
1-27 37 19 28 0 0.23 0.0
1-28 53 37 45 +17 0.34 0.0
1-29 64 52 58 +30 T 0.0
1-30 65 (R) 27 46 +17 1.00 T
1-31 30 10 20 -9 0.01 0.9
2-1 16 5 11 -18 T 0.2


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