Dreary, wet and chilly Thursday; timing a warmup

It’s a wet start to Thursday with scattered showers and a few snowflakes moving through central Indiana. A closed off low lingers in the region and while it’s slowly pulling away, it remains close enough to continue bringing us showers at times through the day.

There will be a slight lull in activity by the late morning hours, but as the air becomes more unstable this afternoon, additional showers will develop. These continue through the evening and we could see a return to a wintry mix in a few locations.

It may be April, but it certainly doesn’t feel like spring. Temperatures Thursday afternoon will only rise to the mid 40s. That is a more typical feel for mid to late February. The average high for today’s date is 60°.

Warming as we near the eclipse

Although the chilly temperatures will have lingered for a few days, we’re in for a quite a warmup through the weekend into next week. We flip the switch from below average to above average. Periods of showers will linger into Friday and temperatures remain chilly. However, by the weekend, we are back in the 50s to near 60° and early next week, we could be hitting a high temperature of 70°.

There is still some uncertainty on the eclipse forecast. A system coming in Sunday will bring rain into the afternoon and evening. This system could depart early enough to allow for some breaks of sunshine Monday afternoon. However, there is also the potential we could see a few patchy showers still in the area at the time. This is still a relatively early take and some changes are expected as we fine tune this forecast.

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