We know the question on your mind, Hoosiers — when’s it going to snow (and actually stick)? Thanks to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center, we know what temperatures and precipitation trends to expect in our city for January, February, and March.
While exact weather conditions typically can’t be predicted more than a week in advance, here’s a seasonal outlook to help you prepare for what winter will bring.
Reminder: The first official day of winter was yesterday, Dec. 21.
Think cool. This winter, Indy has a 33-40% chance of temperatures being warmer than average.
Expect slightly less precipitation. Indianapolis has a 33-40% chance of seeing below normal snow and rainfall amounts this winter.
Drought conditions are expected to improve this season.
Indy’s lows in January average in the 21°F to 36°F range. Did you know January is usually the coldest month of the year in Indiana — when temperatures drop in the frigid zone? Historically, January is also the snowiest month of the year with as much as 10” in the northern part of the state.
Average temperatures in February vary from a cold 17°F during the night to a warm 50°F during the day + snowfall is usually in the range of 8" to 12". Fun fact: February is the driest month of the year in Indiana.
March typically brings a significant change in weather for Indianapolis, as the city finally begins to thaw. Temperatures rise to a comfortable maximum of around 50° — making outdoor activities more appealing.
Enjoy the warmer temps, Indy. We’re looking at significantly warmer than average high temperatures over the next couple days, with no chance of that trend changing before the holiday. Unfortunately, there’s no white Christmas on the horizon, but we can expect rain.