Downtown drivers and pedestrians were treated to a dramatic cloud formation Wednesday afternoon before a cold front moved through the area.
County authorities chose Wednesday afternoon, while the clouds were swirling and the sky was darkening, to test weather sirens. There was no weather warning, it was just a test.
By FRANK PHILLIPS
The weather was all trick and no treat on Wednesday, almost three weeks before Halloween.
The National Weather Service issued a Freeze Watch effective Thursday night through Friday morning, but the freeze came early.
At 5:30 this morning, the temperature had dipped to 29 degrees at Northview High School, according to Weather Bug, and the thermometer on Riddell National Bank downtown was at 28 degrees at 6 a.m.
The lesson for gardeners was, if you waited until the last day to cover your plants, you waited one day too long.
The National Weather Service did issue a Freeze Warning, effective from 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday, still a little late for people who went to bed before they heard the weather forecast Wednesday night.
The weather service warning stated:
"ARCTIC AIR WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE INTO INDIANA TODAY AND TONIGHT. SKIES WILL BECOME MOSTLY CLEAR TONIGHT WHICH WILL ALLOW FOR GOOD RADIATIONAL COOLING. TEMPERATURES WILL DECREASE AFTER MIDNIGHT TO FREEZING OR A LITTLE BELOW. THEY SHOULD INCREASE ABOVE FREEZING AFTER 9AM ON FRIDAY.
"A FREEZE WARNING MEANS SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES ARE IMMINENT OR HIGHLY LIKELY. THESE CONDITIONS WILL KILL CROPS AND OTHER SENSITIVE VEGETATION."
The warning is in effect for most of central Indiana.
The good news is that temperatures are expected to warm up to near 70 degrees by Tuesday and should reach the lower 50s today, according to The Weather Channel.
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