Changes in Storm Pattern Mean Less Snow Falls Overnight

Weather watchers with the National Weather Service say the predicted 5-8 inches of snowfall has not materialized, instead leaving just 1-3 inches in most areas.

Snow on Kirkwood

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Meteorologists say Monroe County could have seen more snowfall than it did if the winter storm hadn't shifted overnight.

Weather watchers with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis say the predicted 5-to-8 inches of snowfall has not materialized overnight, instead leaving behind just 1-to-3 inches in most areas.  Meteorologist Mike Ryan said that’s because of a shift in the pattern of the storm.

“One thing that’s taken place tonight that’s trimmed down the snow totals in the Bloomington area is the warmer air aloft got a little further north than we expected,” he said.  “As a result, there was a longer period of freezing rain and sleet mixing in with the snow across Monroe County.  Must just plain freezing rain the further south you go down towards Bedford.”

Ryan said the ice accumulation is heavier in southern parts of the state, but adds that temperatures near the Indiana-Kentucky border may break the freezing mark and allow for a thaw later this morning.  But he said the area may not have to wait long before more snow arrives.

“Well at this point it does appear that there is going to be another system coming into the Midwest and the Ohio Valley probably Monday, Monday night,” Ryan said.  And” that may bring another round of accumulating snow.  It’s a little early to tell.”

Meanwhile state police are advising motorists to stay off the roads unless they absolutely have to be out.  Crews are working a number of slide-offs  in Monroe, Morgan, Brown, Greene, Lawrence, and Owen Counties.  If drivers do have to be out on the roads, police say to drive slow and use extra caution.

Stan Jastrzebski

WFIU/WTIU News Senior Editor Stan Jastrzebski spent time as a reporter with WGN Radio in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He hosts WFIU's Ask the Mayor and anchors WTIU's InFocus.

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