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Brisk southerly winds have developed which will result in warming temperatures overnight. A mild day expected Tuesday ahead of a major winter storm forecast to hit on Wednesday. Preliminary indications are for a 3-6" snow in Louisville by Thursday. This could change depending upon new data arriving constantly to the WAVE 3 Storm Center. We will update this a number of times prior to the storms onset. Another cold blast is then likely for Christmas behind this storm.
Old man winter blasts region
City freezes; Indiana gets clobbered
By Glenn Jeffers
Tribune staff reporter
Published December 20, 2004
Lake Michigan and cold Canadian winds merged into a two-headed monster Sunday, dropping temperatures in the Chicago area to their lowest this season and blasting parts of Indiana and Michigan with up to 22 inches of snow.
The lake-effect snowstorm hit LaPorte County, Ind., the hardest, forcing officials to declare a state of emergency and state police to close all lanes of Interstate Highway 94 around Michigan City, 60 miles east of Chicago, because the plows could not keep up with the snowfall, police said. State workers and National Guardsmen were deployed to help stranded highway travelers.
County officials pulled the plows off the roads because of whiteout conditions Sunday afternoon. The plows were back on the roads by Sunday evening, once the heavy snowfall subsided, LaPorte County Commissioner Bill Hager said. State police did not reopen I-94 until after 9:30 p.m.
"Michigan City is just devastated," Hager said. "I heard on WGN [radio] that we could probably get a foot of snow, but I don't think anyone was expecting 2 feet."
Originally posted by makeitso
Looking like Indy called it right !!! At least for the Indy area.
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE INDIANAPOLIS IN
144 PM EST MON DEC 20 2004
.A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL DEVELOP OVER TEXAS LATE TONIGHT. THIS LOW WILL MOVE INTO THE OHIO VALLEY AND PRODUCE SIGNIFICANT SNOW FROM LATE TUESDAY NIGHT INTO THURSDAY MORNING.
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...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE TUESDAY NIGHT TO THURSDAY MORNING...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN INDIANAPOLIS IN HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH.
SNOW WILL BEGIN AFTER MIDNIGHT ON TUESDAY. STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL BY THURSDAY MORNING COULD BE 7 TO 9 INCHES WITH ISOLATED HIGHER AMOUNTS. THIS SYSTEM IS STILL DEVELOPING AND SNOWFALL AMOUNTS CAN STILL CHANGE BETWEEN NOW AND TUESDAY NIGHT.
Tuesday morning update...
Winter Storm WATCH late tonight through tomorrow.
As a cold front drops south into the Ohio Valley, a storm will form in the Gulf Coastal region and push toward the Ohio Valley. As the two systems meet in the lower Ohio Valley, a significant Winter Storm is likely to develop. The Louisville area is expected to be on the border of the rain/snow line. Thus, heavy snows are possible over southern Indiana while a wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow should fall over Kentucky. The storm has the potential to drop 6"-12" of wet snow over southern Indiana. The Louisville area should get a slushy 1"-3" before the snow ends early Thursday.
.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY
SCATTERED LAKE EFFECT SNOW SHOWERS ARE EXPECTED WEDNESDAY THROUGH
CHRISTMAS DAY. THE SNOW SHOWERS COULD BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES ON
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY IN THE SNOW BELTS.
A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM TRACKING SOUTH AND EAST OF MICHIGAN ON
THURSDAY COULD BRING A FEW INCHES OF SNOW TO THE LANSING AND JACKSON
AREAS. THE EXACT TRACK OF THIS STORM SYSTEM STILL REMAINS
UNCERTAIN...SO MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND STATEMENTS. A FARTHER
WEST TRACK COULD RESULT IN MORE WIDESPREAD...AND POSSIBLY
LARGE WAVES WILL BE FREQUENT ON LAKE MICHIGAN WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY.
Originally posted by Kidfinger
Yeah, Wave 3 is saying 2 to 6 inches now insted of 1 to 3 inches. I think observer is right when he(?) says that these forcasters dont know what they are talking about. These guys couldnt predict a storm if they were standing in it