Hahus Practice Forecasts

FORECAST UPDATED: 1:16 EST Thursday, January 16, 2014 by Hilarie Hahus (hhahus@purdue.edu)

Summary: Most of Indiana only expected to see snow totals of less than 1" with this system, but south central Indiana will get hit by the bulk of the storm. Perry County in particular is expected to see at least 5 feet of snow and bitterly cold temperatures, making this storm very dangerous. Extreme caution is recommended.

Light snow showers will continue today through the night and into tomorrow for most of Indiana. The northern two-thirds of the state will see accumulations totalling less than 1” with temperatures rising into the mid-thirties. Winds will generally stay steady around 5 mph with gusts up to 10 mph.

The bulk of the snowstorm passing through the state tonight will be centered in south central Indiana in the Vincennes and Seymour districts. Parts of these areas could see as much as a foot of snow, with winds and blowing snow making travel very dangerous. Models are all in agreement showing a very isolated area of heavy snowfall over Perry County. Snowfall totals are expected to hit as much as 5 feet with temperatures dropping rapidly into single digits. Travel will be very dangerous as winds will pick up, reaching a steady 30 mph with gusts as high as 50 mph.

Vincennes district forecast/discussion

Eastern Vincennes will see about a foot of snow as the storm picks up as it moves east. The western half is expected to have totals of around 2” or less. Perry County is where models are showing the fiercest part of the storm. Perry County is expected to buried under at least 5 feet of snow and frigid temperatures. Winds will rapidly increase to around 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.

Seymour district forecast/discussion

Western Seymour is expected to see about a foot of snow. The snow will taper off as it moves east, keeping the eastern half of the district’s snowfall amounts down to about 2”.