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Rain Decreasing, Cold and Breezy Night Tonight

Good evening everyone out there! I hope everyone is staying dry and warm. Been a wet day today in the Muncie area. Thus far as of 2:30 pm, Muncie received a total of 1.27 inches of rain total from this rain event. Areas south of Muncie got even more rain, up to 2 inches locally. This rain event has been a mixture of moisture from the deep upper level low that brought a nasty snow and ice storm to areas of Texas, Oklahoma, and the Desert Southwest as well as influence from what was Hurricane Zeta. In Fact on radar jet stream brought in rains from the outer bands of Zeta as it raced through the south and eastern US. The Jet stream helped shear and displace the precipitation further north of the tropical system than what it would have under summer conditions where shearing from the jet stream would not play as much of a factor in shearing and steering of hurricanes.

Well, it has been cold, breezy day today. We hit our high here in Muncie 52ºF at 12:01 AM this morning and temperatures have been steady or slowly falling since then. As of 2:30 pm we’re currently at 48ºF with overcast conditions. With a breezy Northeast wind at 13 mph is currently producing a wind chill of 43ºF. The wind will be pretty consistent throughout the night tonight around 10-15 mph out of the North with occasional gusts of around 20-25 mph. Light rain may linger around the area for this evening, especially areas south of Muncie. If it does rain, it won’t be the complete washout like we experienced in the morning and early afternoon hours. It will be light, maybe moderate rain at time. The rain won’t amount to much maybe a tenth of an inch. Tonight is going to be a chilly one! The north winds will not die down once the sun does, and with temperatures expected to drop to 35ºF tonight. This will create for wind chill values to drop into the upper 20’s at times in the morning hours at times. Clouds will linger around for the overnight hours and will begin to move out for the late morning hours so we’ll forecast cloudy to mostly cloudy skies tonight with a chance of showers in the early evening. Lows being in the mid-30’s. Probably a good night to stay inside, grab a warm blanket and heat up a good cup of a hot beverage!

Forecast discussion by CWS Forecaster: Ben Waggoner