Putnam County no longer in Winter Storm Watch or Warning area
Although big, puffy snowflakes were falling in the Greencastle area between 9:30 and 10 a.m. Sunday, warmer air and a northern track for the predicted snowstorm are expected to keep Putnam County out of major issues.
National Weather Service forecasters, in their latest prediction at mid-morning Sunday, put Greencastle at the southern end of the area expected to see 1-3 inches of snow from this storm.
No watches or warnings are in effect for the Putnam County area.
The brunt of the storm has headed north with northern Indiana still seen possibly receiving 6-10 inches by the time it winds up Sunday night.
A winter storm that could dump more snow on central Indiana than it has received all winter to date is bearing down on the area.
Poised to begin in the last few hours of January and reach its intensity on Sunday, the first day of February, the winter storm is expected to bring 3-9 inches of snow to central Indiana.
Along a line following Interstate 70 and immediately north of it, forecasters are predicting a band of 3-6 inches to fall during the storm.
Snow is expected to start falling in the Putnam County area about 10 p.m. Saturday and continue until late Sunday afternoon.
Indianapolis could get 5-9 inches, forecasters say, while Bloomington, Columbus and areas to the south are expected to receive two inches
The Winter Storm Watch will be in effect from Saturday evening through Monday morning.
Blowing and drifting snow is likely to be an issue, especially Sunday afternoon and evening.
However, the National Weather Service said the majority of snow accumulation is anticipated to occur early Sunday morning through Sunday evening as moderate to heavy snowfall will likely take place.
A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, while sleet or ice accumulations may also impact travel.
How much snow falls during the storm appears contingent on the temperature.
Highs Saturday will be in the 35- to 40-degree range in advance of the storm. So if temperatures don't fall quickly, more rain than snow will fall to start and that will mean less snow.
Just 5.2 inches of snow has fallen thus far this winter season (November to date), after last year produced the snowiest winter in central Indiana over the months of December, January and February at total of 52.2 inches.