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Another Freeze Thursday Morning And Timing Out Rain

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A week removed from near-record high temperatures in the mid/upper 80s...many in Central Indiana experienced the first frost/freeze of the season.


Low temperatures ranged from the mid-20s in rural areas to near-freezing in Indianapolis... the coldest since April 29th.


Clear again overnight but a steady southwest wind at 10-15 mph should low temperatures up a bit. So compared to the 20s/lower 30s...expect out-the-door readings Wednesday of 35 to near 40. However, that same wind makes it feel like freezing so plan on layers for kids at the bus stop.


That southwest wind shifts to the northwest Wednesday morning with the passage of a cold front. This ensures another day of high temperatures in the 50s and much cooler than average.


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This is also sets the stage for another widespread frost/freeze Thursday morning. But it's followed by beautiful blue sky Thursday and temperatures rebounding nicely into the mid/upper 50s.

We're still targeting Friday afternoon/evening for the next bout of rain showers. This doesn't bode well for dry conditions during Operation Football. Also of note...medium range models continue to depict a decent piece of upper energy moving across the Great Lakes/Ohio Valley between Saturday-Sunday mornings.

There's diversion in data on timing, location, and intensity... but this feature could bring a round of wind-whipped rain showers to parts of Central Indiana that could mix with ice pellets and/or snow later Saturday with some lake enhancement too. Stay tuned for updates - Sean Ash



More Frosts This Week - Live Doppler 13 Weather Blog

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A chilly evening is shaping up for tonight... temperatures fall into the mid 40s by the end of the Fleetwood Mac show at Banker's Life Fieldhouse.

The sky clears overnight and temperatures fall back into the upper 30s. It won't be "as" cold tonight as compared last night with the help of a west wind at 5-10 mph.

A dry cold front will sweep through Central Indiana tomorrow keeping temperatures 13° below average.

Mostly sunny but with winds shifting back from the northwest, highs only rebound to the lower 50s.

Overnight lows Wednesday into Thursday morning will prompt widespread frost again dropping to near 32°.

Patchy frost will be possible again this weekend Saturday and Sunday nights with lows in the mid 30s.

Thursday will be quiet and sunny albeit unseasonably cool still. Highs in the mid 50s.

Our next chance of rain returns Friday afternoon -- scattered showers linger into the evening. It'll be a cool rain too with temps holding steady in the lower 50s for Operation Football.

Rain clears out for Saturday but it'll be a breezy start to the weekend.

The long-range pattern looks slightly warmer with highs pushing 60 to start next week.



Super Sunset Monday Evening

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Did you see it? Thanks to a mid-level cloud deck, Central Indiana was treated to a vibrant sunset Monday evening.


Thanks to the many Twitter followers that submitted photos.

Clouds thin and depart overnight to set the stage for the first freeze in many areas Tuesday morning.



Freezing Temps Tonight - Live Doppler 13 Weather Blog

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The sky clears overnight allowing for temperatures to plummet. We'll experience the coldest lows since late April. Temperatures fall to near freezing prompting freeze/frost alerts.

Overnight lows near freezing through Central Indiana. Here's the forecast for your neighborhood...

*A Frost Advisory will be in effect throughout Central Indiana from 5-9am Tuesday.

*A Freeze Warning will be in effect for Wayne, Fayette, Union, and Franklin counties in East Central Indiana from 3-9am Tuesday.

So how will this freeze impact our plants? The main thing to keep in mind is how cold it gets and how long it lasts.

With temps near freezing for a few hours, only minor impacts on tender plants will be noticed as ice forms only on the outside of the plants.

Most crops and plants can recover from brief drips below freezing. The killing freezes occur with low temperatures at 28° or below that last for several hours.

Widespread frost will be possible through tomorrow morning with sunshine in the afternoon. High temps will still run 10-12° below average with highs in the low to mid 50s.

We have a few more opportunities for patchy frost this week.

Wednesday night into Thursday morning and again Saturday and Sunday nights with lows in the mid 30s.

The silver-lining to the unseasonably cold temps will be the sunshine. Lots of sun through the week with the next chance of rain late Friday into Saturday morning.



Mainly Dry Work Week - Live Doppler 13 Blog

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The cool Autumn weather will continue this week. A cold front will arrive during the overnight, bringing a chance of some light rain to central Indiana. Rain will be possible through mid morning Monday with temperatures falling into the mid 40s.

Most of Monday will be cloudy with temperatures struggling to climb into the low 50s. The wind will be chilly, out of the northwest from 5 to 10 mph.

Skies will gradually clear out Monday evening. The clear skies will allow temperatures to fall into the low 30s by Tuesday morning. Widespread frost will be likely and some areas could see their first freeze of the season. The average first freeze for Indianapolis is around October 14th.

Temperatures will be running around ten to fifteen degrees below average through Thursday with dry and sunny conditions.

Friday will be warmer with highs in the low 60s.

Rain returns by Friday evening with scattered showers likely Saturday.

There is a chance of snow mixed with rain next Sunday.



First Freeze Possible This Week - Live Doppler 13 Weather Blog

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Unseasonably cool temperatures continue today but with a stalled boundary to our south, a few stray showers will be possible mainly south with an otherwise mainly cloudy sky.

Highs will run nearly 10° below average in the mid to upper 50s.

A scattered shower will be possible this afternoon, mainly along and south of the I-70 corridor. Here's 5pm...

A cold front will push through the state during the overnight bringing more widespread rain in. Here's 3am...

A few lingering showers will be possible to get Monday started. Plan ahead for some potential wet pavement for your Monday morning drive.

Temperatures remain steady in the upper 40s/lower 50s through the day. Skies clear slowly through the afternoon.

Much cooler and drier air returns by Tuesday morning. With forecast low temps near freezing, this could be the coldest morning since April 29th as well as the first freeze of the season.

If temps do get to 32° or below, it'll only last a few hours.

This is important when determining the potential impact of frost on vegetation. This forecast only calls for minor impacts on tender plants with ice forming on the outside. Most crops and plants can recover from a freeze like this.

The real unrepairable damage is done when overnight lows drop to 28° or less and those freezing temperatures last several hours.

Beyond Tuesday morning, frost will also be possible early Thursday with forecast lows in the mid 30s.

Sunshine returns Tuesday afternoon with a quiet and tranquil pattern through Friday. Showers will be possible again Friday night into Saturday. Unseasonably cool air continues with highs only in the 50s.



Autumn Has Arrived! - Live Doppler 13 Blog

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It was a cool October day with temperatures starting off in the mid 30s and only rebounding into the upper 40s. It was, however, a sunny day.

Clouds will increase this evening and that will help keep temperatures in the low 40s overnight. There is a chance of a few rain showers in south central Indiana overnight.

A few scattered rain showers will be likely Sunday, mainly in south central Indiana.

Afternoon highs will climb into the mid to upper 50s with a light breeze out of the south.

By evening, showers will become likely for the rest of central Indiana. Rain will continue through mid morning Monday with lows in the mid 40s.

Monday afternoon will be cool and cloudy with temperatures struggling to climb into the low 50s.

An area of high pressure arrives late Monday. That will allow the skies to clear out and cool air to arrive. Temperatures will fall into the low 30s with widespread frost likely.

Frost will be possible through Friday morning with rain chances returning Friday evening.



Rain Returns Sunday - Live Doppler 13 Weather Blog

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Today will be the pick of the weekend with sunshine through the afternoon. It will still be an unseasonably cool day with highs in the lower 50s -- the average high is 66 this time of year.

Rain returns by Sunday morning to the southern part of the state. Slightly warmer with highs back in the upper 50s.

A warm front will push in from the south keeping the better chance of rain across the southern tier of Indiana. Not "as" cold tomorrow morning with lows in the 40s.

It won't be an all day rain event for the state, although there will be more dry time for areas north of I-70.

Rain showers continue through the overnight Sunday into Monday. As a cold front moves through Monday morning, temperatures will be hindered to the lower 50s.

Sunshine returns on Tuesday and we're in store for some pleasant fall days next week with sunny skies and highs returning to the lower 60s by the end of the week.



Frost Advisory and the Weekend Forecast - Live Doppler 13 Weather Blog

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Central Indiana has experienced a chilly change. This chill will last through the weekend and into early next week.

Skies will be mainly clear overnight and temperatures will fall into the middle and upper 30s. It will be cold enough for some patchy frost across the northern part of the state. Here is the frost advisory and forecast low temperatures.

It will be a sunny start to Friday, but clouds increase quickly and rain chances arrive by Friday afternoon.

If you are going to a high school football game, be prepared for some light rain and temperatures in the upper 40s.

The rain will end late Friday night and temperatures again fall into the middle and upper 30s Saturday morning. Saturday will be cool and in the 50s, with a mix of sun and clouds.

Another weather system arrives toward the end of the weekend, with the best chance for showers on Sunday across the southern half of the state. Where we have sunshine on Sunday, afternoon temperatures will near 60 degrees north, but temperatures will be stuck in the 50s south with that chance for showers.

Monday will be damp and cool, with showers and afternoon temperatures in the lower 50s.

The rain exits and the coldest air of the season arrives Tuesday morning. Right now a widespread frost is possible, with some areas having the first freeze of the season. We will keep you updated.

The rest of next week looks dry, with a slow warming trend in the forecast.



Hurricane Michael Update + Local Temp Drop

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The latest from the National Hurricane Center... 1pm EDT update:

Hurricane Michael is a Category 2 storm with sustained winds of 110 mph. The storm strengthened from 90 mph earlier this morning.

It is tracking north at 12 mph and sits around 350 miles south of Panama City Beach.

Michael is set to make landfall along the Florida Peninsula Wednesday afternoon as a Category 3 storm with 125 mph sustained winds. It will weaken to a Category 1 once it lands ashore and weakens to a tropical storm as it lifts northward into southern Georgia and the Carolinas.

Rainfall along the coast on into southern Georgia will total 4-8" with isolated 12"+.

Storm surge from Indian Pass to Cedar Key, Florida will reach 8-12 feet.

Here is a link to the latest storm information from the National Hurricane Center | https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at4.shtml?cone#contents

Let's get back local...

Tonight is the last night we will be able to run errands with "short sleeve weather".

We drop back into the upper 70s with a clearing sky by 8pm.

Tomorrow is the transitional day with a potent cold front set to move in. Temperatures still climb to the mid to upper 70s in the afternoon before the cooler air arrives.

A dry, warm and muggy start with temps again in the upper 60s.

As as line of storms develop along the front, a few may be strong with damaging wind gusts across the northwest portion of Indiana in the late morning.

Rain and storm timeline...

The line of storms moves into the northwestern part of the state around lunchtime with a few scattered showers developing out ahead of the main line.

Scattered storms develop through the afternoon and will be likely through the evening commute.

Storms linger through the state in the evening and begin to exit around midnight. As the rain moves out, cooler and drier air returns.

A chilly start to Thursday -- dropping into the upper 40s. This will be the first real noticeable temperature change.

A chilly north wind will prevent much of a warming trend Thursday afternoon with highs in the upper 50s. The unseasonably cool pattern sets up through the extended forecast.

A fall feel will be in the air for the start of the Covered Bridge Festival on Friday. Jackets will be needed if you're headed to Parke County this weekend!

Our next round of showers returns on Sunday into Monday. Cooler-than-average highs in the 50s continue through next week.

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Warm Through Wednesday Then A Temperature Tumble - Live Doppler 13 Weather Blog

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We have August like weather for the early part of the week and then November like weather for the end of the week. This means highs in the 80s then highs in the 50s. We are tracking big temperature changes this week.

It has been a warm start to the month. 6 of the first 8 days have been in the 80s.

It will be another warm and muggy night, with temperatures only falling into the upper 60s and lower 70s. There will be a mix of sun and clouds and afternoon temperatures in the middle 80s on Tuesday. There is a slight chance for a stray late day storm.

The better chance for showers and storms arrives later Wednesday. Showers and storms will develop along a cold front that will move through central Indiana late Wednesday into early Thursday. Ahead of the front, high temperatures will still be near 80 degrees on Wednesday. Behind the front, temperatures tumble into the 50s by Thursday afternoon. Here is a look at the timeline for late day rain and storms on Wednesday.

This fall chill will last through the weekend. Highs will be in the 50s Friday and Saturday too. The coolest morning will be Saturday morning, with forecast low temperatures in the range of 35 to 40 degrees. The northern part of the state might have some patchy frost.

There is a chance for rain Saturday night into Sunday.



From the 80s to the 30s

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If summer is your favorite season, you've got a couple more days to enjoy it.

Highs today peak in the upper 80s with a heat index 90-95°. Mostly sunny, hot and humid.

There will only be a few more nights the grill cast calls for jacket-free weather. Mainly clear, falling only into the mid 70s by 10pm.

We wake up tomorrow morning with temps in the mid to upper 60s -- these are our average DAYTIME HIGHS for this time of year.

Tomorrow is the last summer-like day before big changes roll in Wednesday. Highs in the mid 80s, mostly to partly sunny.


We're tracking a cold front set to move in late Wednesday. Temperatures will still approach the mid to upper 70s in the afternoon before the cool air arrives.

Showers and a few storms will accompany the front Wednesday afternoon and evening.

Severe storms are not expected.

Rain exits by daybreak Thursday -- notice the temp swing. We'll be 20° cooler Thursday afternoon compared to Wednesday on the backside of the front.

Unseasonably cool air settles in for the extended forecast. We're looking at highs only in the upper 50s through the weekend. We start Saturday at 38°. Potentially even cooler to start next week.

Plan ahead for scattered showers on Sunday.