If you weren’t a fan of Wednesday, might I suggest that just you call in sick Thursday.
While the Severe Weather remained far to our south for Wednesday, the rain did not. A good portion of our western counties have already received more than an estimated 2.0″ of total precipitation over these 24 hours; we’ve seen 1.75″ to this point in West Lafayette.
Unfortunately, the news doesn’t get much better from there. As the low responsible for all of today’s rain continues on it northeastward track towards New England, not only will our rain chances continue, but falling temperatures will allow for the production of a wintry mixture or even wet snowfall at times during the day Thursday.
What will likely be an already soggy morning commute, may be further complicated by the presence of periodic wintry precipitation. It’s possible that roads may become slick at times early Thursday morning as temperatures flirt with the freezing mark.
In fact, it’s possible that our northernmost and easternmost counties may receive prolonged periods of wintry mixture or snowfall between 2:00 A.M. ET and 10:00 A.M. ET Thursday.
While our wet April snowfall may linger into the late morning, it’s unlikely that we’ll see much (if any) accumulation at all. Surface temperatures are only expected to fall as low as 34° in Tippecanoe County overnight. Temperatures above the freezing mark at the already saturated surface paired with our continuing rain chances ahead will ensure that any snow that reaches the ground will likely melt immediately.
That’s not all! If you call right now, Mother Nature will throw in wind gusts of 40 mph to 50 mph at no further cost to you; tell her Cam sent you! Honestly though, wind speeds throughout the area are expected to rapidly increase over the coming hours. As a result, the National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for the entirety of Greater Lafayette beginning at 5:00 A.M. ET and lasting through 8:00 P.M .ET Thursday.
Between 5:00 A.M. ET and 3:00 P.M. ET Thursday, wind gusts are expected to consistently top out around 35 mph to 50 mph; wind chills at times early Thursday may fall as low as 18° to 20°!
To use the term “Miserable” to describe Thursday would almost be an understatement, but at least the weekend ahead looks absolutely gorgeous. After a cool, but drier Friday, expect highs in the 60s and 70s with plenty of sunshine for Saturday and Sunday!