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Warmer end to January, colder February ahead

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — After a brief blast of cold air it looks like temperatures will stay above normal through the end of the month.

It’s been a relatively warm winter so far. In fact this winter is the eighth-warmest start to winter on record in Indianapolis.

The 6-10 day outlook from the Climate Prediction Center has much of the country with above normal temperatures. This is due to the modified Pacific air in place across much of the United States. Above normal precipitation is also expected through the central plains and southern states. This above normal precipitation threshold does extend into parts of Indiana as well. The overall confidence in this forecast is high. So it looks like we’ll end the month with above normal temperatures and the chance for above normal precipitation in Indiana too. Normal highs for this time of year in Indianapolis are in the middle 30s. We’ll see readings into the upper 30s and even 40s during the next 10 days.

Looking at the following week, above normal temperatures will continue. Much of the Great Lakes and central part of the US will see above normal temperatures and precipitation. There will be a quick westerly flow in the upper levels of the atmosphere from the west coast tot the Great Lakes ushering in the above normal temperatures. A few storms will move through during the 8-14 day time period and with the Gulf of Mexico moisture pushing north above normal precipitation will be likely. The Climate Prediction Center feels the confidence in the forecast is near average.

As far as February goes it looks like this is when we could see some real winter like weather. Below normal temperatures are expected for much of the Great Lakes. There’s a good signal suggesting precipitation would be below normal for much of Illinois and Indiana. So while we may see colder temperatures for February, it may not bring significant amounts of snow with it.


Neighbors stunned by shooting in ‘safe,’ ‘quiet’ Eagles Watch subdivision

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH ) — The Eagles Watch subdivision on the city’s northwest side is home to dozens of families.

“It’s very quiet here,” said Irma Molina, who lives on Eagles Watch Drive.

The winding road is often touted as an oasis of safety, seemingly removed from the city’s crime crisis, according to Jeremy Layly, who lives down the street from Molina.

He walks his dogs through the neighborhood every night without worrying about what he’ll encounter in the dark.

On Thursday night, his walk led him toward flashing police lights and crime scene tape. 

Detectives were collecting evidence from the scene of a shooting in the 5000 block of Eagles Watch Drive, less than a quarter of a mile from Layly’s home.

“I’ve heard gunshots [before] but not in the neighborhood,” he told News 8. “That’s intense.”

Officers arrived around 4 p.m. after neighbors reported hearing gunshots. An unidentified man was pronounced dead at the scene.

No arrests had been made Thursday night. No suspect information was available.

The shooting appeared to be targeted and did not pose an immediate threat to public safety, police said.

“[Detectives are] working hard to solve these crimes and to prevent crimes,” said Michael Hewitt, a spokesperson for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD).

Molina, whose home was within the police perimeter, ducked under the yellow tape to speak with News 8.

She and her son still feel safe living on Eagles Creek Drive, she said, but she is wary of rising crime in other parts of the city.

“It is very dangerous lately,” Molina said in Spanish. “Many crimes have happened.”

Anybody with information about the shooting is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.