FORT WAYNE, Ind (WFFT) - What's the old saying, records are meant to be broken? While we likely won't BREAK any records in Fort Wayne with the upcoming snow this week, it could crack the top ten!
To do that, we would need at least 3 inches of snow to fall. This would tie it for 9th place on the list along with 1970 and 1957. To break the record? We would need 6 inches or more of snow, which while some say might say "anything can happen," it's not likely.
This system, though, is large spanning. It could make the case for top ten snowfalls in several parts of the country, according to the NWS Weather Prediction Center.
Winter isn't over yet! Periods of moderate to heavy snow are likely from the Central Plains through the Great Lakes this week. Several inches of snow accumulation are possible before the system exits to the east Wednesday evening. pic.twitter.com/GPlVMS0O5a
— NWS Weather Prediction Center (@NWSWPC) April 18, 2021
So, how will this play out in our area? The event will start out as rain, then transition over to snow late Tuesday night, and be all snow for a good chunk of Wednesday early morning. By the time things are said and done, as of the writing of this blog post, most of Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio could see anywhere from 2-4 inches of snow.
A couple of things will lessen the impacts from the snow.
1) The ground is warm. We've had temperatures well above freezing for quite sometime, so the ground will stay above freezing for a good while before dropping to the point where snow starts to stick.
2) It's mid-April and the sun angle is pretty high, so melting will happen quickly on Wednesday.
However, the timing of this weather system and the arrival of sub-freezing temperatures could make for some slick roads on Wednesday morning.