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New Year's Eve forecast includes light accumulation of snow

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Mother Nature is forecast to ring in the New Year with a bit of unwelcome weather -- meteorologists are predicting more snow to fall on New Year's Eve.

But the amount is expected to be light compared to last week's snowfall totals.

Weather forecaster Joe Astrouski of WTHI-TV10 in Terre Haute said he expects the snow to start falling in the afternoon on Monday and continue throughout the night, ending early Tuesday.

"In the Greene County area, there's a 60 percent chance of snow starting Monday afternoon and lasting into Tuesday. It's not clear yet, there could be an inch or two. Of course, snow may be a little thicker in some spots than others. But there could be less than an inch of accumulation," said Astrouski late Sunday afternoon.

"Snow looks likely but I would say light accumulation and it will be tapering off Tuesday morning.

"The low temperature should be in the mid-20s on New Year's Eve night, with a potential for 5-10 mph winds which could cause some blowing snow."

Astrouski said the forecast could change and he recommended checking the latest information issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) online at weather.gov and by checking forecasts issued in local media.

Astrouski's prediction echoed information issued by NWS.

A Special Weather Statement from the NWS in Indianapolis issued Sunday mid-afternoon for central Indiana including the counties of Greene and Sullivan:

* Accumulating snow of one to three inches possible Monday and Monday night across central Indiana.

* Low pressure along a cold front will pass through the Ohio Valley Monday and Monday night. This will bring accumulating snow to central Indiana.

* At the moment (Sunday afternoon), snow totals are expected to be from one to three inches by Tuesday morning.

* Most of the snow should fall in the 1 p.m. on Monday to 1 a.m. on Tuesday time frame.

The NWS overall forecast for the week, as of Sunday afternoon:

* Monday: Mostly cloudy. Chance of snow until midday ... then snow likely in the afternoon. Snow accumulation around one inch. Highs in the lower 30s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 60 percent.

* Monday night: Snow likely. Snow accumulation around one inch. Total snow accumulation around two inches. Nearly steady temperatures around 30. Southwest winds around 5 mph shifting to the northwest up to 5 mph after midnight. Chance of snow 60 percent.

* New Year's Day: Cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow until midday ... then partly cloudy in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 20s. North winds 5 to 10 mph.

* Tuesday night: Colder. Partly cloudy. Lows around 9. Northwest winds up to 10 mph.

* Wednesday through Saturday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 20s. Lows 9 to 14.

* Saturday night: Not as cold. Partly cloudy. Lows around 20.

* Sunday: Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 30s.

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This mornng news 10 says 1"-2" this afternoon and 1"-3" tonight total of 2"-5".

-- Posted by eagle26 on Mon, Dec 31, 2012, at 8:07 AM

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