Good Midday, Cardinal Country! An interesting forecast ahead with some ups and downs in weird places (as you can see with the green arrows, more on that in a bit) as well as some heavy rain potential! A Flood Watch is now in effect for Muncie & Delaware County from 8 PM tonight until 8 AM Saturday. Urban & poor drainage flooding as well as rivers overspreading their banks over time are both possible with the additional 2+ inches of rain we expect to receive in addition to the rainwater that’s already caused some large areas of ponding on area roadways like on McGalliard Rd earlier today as well as many farm fields from last night’s thunderstorms. Some more heavy rain is expected as a frontal boundary sinks south through the remainder of the afternoon, causing our temperatures to fall quite quickly into the lower 50s around or after dinner time.
We quiet things down a little bit, but that boundary comes back north as a warm front Friday night into Saturday & a windy, strong system (with gusts to 45 mph) swings right by our area through the morning hours. Temperatures then crash into the 30s as we have a cold front accompanying this low, but as we work our way through the night wind shifts back around as calmer weather and high pressure assert themselves in a decent ridge that moves through into our area Monday. Conditions are expected to become quite clear (a relief for many that have had it with the gloominess of our weather since Tuesday afternoon), and then we set our sights on the next system that could bring us our next chance of widely-scattered showers this coming Tuesday’s afternoon and evening. This heralds an active pattern that does have a decent shot opening spring with above average rainfall and (maybe) the chance March goes out like a lion. Stay safe & fly carefully, Cardinals, and remember… If you see a lot of water and don’t know the depth of it on the road… “Turn Around, Don’t Drown!”
-Forecaster Ryan Hill