Blizzard warning in effect for northern Indiana

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By Melissa Hudson

The National Weather Service in northern Indiana has issued a blizzard warning until 7 a.m. EST Monday.

According to the National Weather Service:

  • Heavy snow will taper off through mid evening. Storm total accumulations of 10 to 16 inches are expected.
  • North winds will shift northwest and increase to 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 40 mph this evening. This will cause severe blowing and drifting snow overnight with blizzard conditions.
  • Temperatures will drop drastically overnight with lows between 5 below and 15 below zero. Deadly wind chills between 30 below and 45 below zero can be expected tonight through Tuesday.
  • Roads are becoming impassable in many areas. Snow emergencies are being declared in many counties.
  • Visibility will be reduced to one quarter mile or less in blowing snow.
  • Frost bite and hypothermia will occur in a matter of minutes with these expected wind chills. Death will also occur if precautions are not taken.

Precautionary\preparedness actions...

  • A wind chill warning means the combination of very cold air and strong winds will create dangerously low wind chill values. This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia or death if precautions are not taken.
  • A blizzard warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle.
     

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