Winter storm potential ramps up for parts of Indiana

Rain to change to snow, sleet late Thursday

INDIANAPOLIS - The stage is set for what could be the first significant snow and ice event of the winter season.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for much of central Indiana, and a winter storm warning is in place for much of southern Indiana.

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A low-pressure system will form along the cold front that will stall south of central Indiana, bringing more moisture and into the area.

Because of the cold air in place, precipitation is expected to fall as sleet and then snow in central and much of southern Indiana.

Sleet will transition to all snow into the early hours of Friday before ending later in the day.

StormTeam 6 meteorologist Ashley Brown said the forecast is tricky for several reasons.

"The amount of wintry precipitation will depend on where you are, how much moisture moves into the area and how quickly temperatures fall," Brown said.

As of Friday morning, snowfall potential appears to be 2 to 4 inches in the Indianapolis area, with higher amounts along and south of the Interstate 70 corridor.

Areas north of the Indianapolis metro area are expected to get a dusting to 2 inches.

In south-central and southern Indiana, the snowfall potential is higher, with totals that could range from 4 to 8 inches.

Snowfall totals could be suppressed, depending on how much sleet falls.

There is another chance for accumulating snow over the weekend.

"Another system heads our way for Sunday with a snow/sleet/rain mix followed by another blast of arctic air next week where we will drop into the single digits," StormTeam 6 meteorologist Todd Klaassen said.

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