Ryan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for March 14, 2017

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The worst of the snow is long gone this morning. However, we do have strong north winds that will keep northern Indiana under the threat of some on again-off again lake enhanced snow through today and early tomorrow. WE are mostly talking about NW Indiana today and perhaps north central Indiana tomorrow morning. The rest of the state should see sunshine peek through today and tomorrow, even with cold air slow to relinquish its grip.

Our next weather system is still on track for Friday. There still is a threat for some snow over northeast and east central parts of the state as the moisture begins, but good south flow will bring moderating temps and we should see mostly rain across the state as the day progresses. We like rain totals still in the .25” to .5” range with coverage at 80% some precipitation may linger into very early Saturday, but generally, we look for most of it still to be done by midnight Friday night.

The weekend will turn out fairly nice, with a mix of clouds and some sun, and temps continuing to moderate.

Early next week, moisture does not look as impressive this morning as it did 24 hours ago, but we are reluctant to remove chances at this point. We think we have to be on the lookout for scattered light precipitation Monday late into Tuesday, but that action looks much, much more scattered. WE will keep a few hundredths to perhaps a quarter of an inch of rain in the forecast, but will drop coverage back to 30%. There will likely be a lot more dry areas than wet ones. Dry weather is back for Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday.

A stronger front is in just at the end of the 10 day period now, with rains likely for next Wednesday night and Thursday. Liquid equivalent precipitation for this system will behalf to 1 inch over the entire 24 hour period, but the bigger question will be “where does the cold air set up, and where does that put the rain/snow line?” At this point, we are going to leave the door open for some snow in parts of the state, mostly north, as the system works in but it is far from guaranteed. Actually, at this point, only one model really is on that bandwagon. So, we will watch the evolution of this front over the coming days to work on honing in on the potential of snow. For now, we are going to look for mostly rain, and it will be a soaking rain at that.

The extended window has another front in for around the 28th, but models have not developed this system any further over the past 24 hours.

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