Rain arrives for the weekend; Chance for winter mix to start the week?

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Guardian Radar is picking up a few light showers over northwestern Indiana this evening.  There is a small chance for some patchy drizzle or a few light showers, mainly for northwestern areas (Lafayette, Crawfordsville, Frankfort).

RAIN ARRIVES FOR WEEKEND

A warm front is projected to lift north in to Indiana Saturday.  Ahead of the front, clouds will stream in while moisture works north.  The front is expected to stall over Indiana Monday.

18z 4km-12km RPM Regional

Temperatures are currently projected to range from the 40°s to 60°s across the state.  Look for temperatures to climb to near 60° in Indianapolis.

Right now, it appears the front will move back south Sunday.  This will cause temperatures to fall through the afternoon on northerly winds.  Look for temperatures to be in the 40°s Sunday afternoon.

WATCHING MONDAY

For several days computer models have been suggesting a strong upper-level system would move through the Mississippi River Valley and Ohio River Valley Monday.  At one point it looked as though we could be dealing with severe thunderstorms Monday.  However, as we have gotten closer to the weekend computer models have been pushing the system further south.  If this is the case, we will be on the colder side of the storm.

Winter Mix Monday

Temperatures throughout the atmospheric column will be critical that morning in determining precipitation type.  That is something we will keep an eye on as we go through the weekend.

WHERE’S WINTER?!

Central Indiana’s warm December keeps rolling along.

Officially, the high temperature in Indianapolis today was 56° occurring just after midnight.  According to the National Weather Service, this is the warmest Christmas Eve since 1982.

December 2015 - Monthly Almanac Temperature

After Wednesday’s record tying temperatures, this December now climbs to sixth warmest December in the past 144-years.  It looks like this trend will continue through Wednesday of next week.

There are signs that winter will return to central Indiana to start the new year.  Long-range computer models suggest temperatures getting back to normal – or near normal – levels towards the end of next week.

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