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Wind chill warning starts Monday

The following is a statement issued from Paulding County Emergency Management:

Alert: the NWS Indiana has issued a wind chill warning. This wind chill warning is in effect from 1 a.m. Monday to 8 p.m. EST Tuesday.

A dangerous winter storm with historic cold air and wind chills and a significant winter storm will bring heavy snow with blowing and drifting snow beginning tonight and continuing into Sunday night. This will be followed immediately by extremely cold temperatures and deadly wind chills Sunday night through Tuesday. Therefore, the winter storm watch has been upgraded to a winter storm warning followed by a wind chill warning.

A cold front will move across the area tonight with snow spreading from northwest to southeast. Accumulations of 2 to 4 inches are expected tonight near this front across northwest Indiana and far southwest lower Michigan. Lesser snowfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are expected across the rest of the area.

A rapidly intensifying low pressure area will move along the front Sunday into Sunday night bringing additional heavy snow to the region. Total snowfall amounts of 6 to 12 inches are possible by Sunday night over the entire area, with the heaviest amounts expected over east central Indiana and northwest Ohio.

In addition, strong northwest winds will develop Sunday with widespread blowing and drifting snow and near zero visibility at times. As winds increase and colder air arrives, wind chills will quickly drop to between 30 and 45 degrees below zero Sunday night and persist through Tuesday.

This is a dangerous and potentially deadly winter storm and travel is discouraged. If you must travel, be prepared for significant travel issues with possible road closures and bitterly cold wind chills. Pack extra blankets, food, water, a shovel and make sure you have plenty of fuel. Do not attempt to walk long distances or spend long periods of time outside.

The national weather service in Indiana has issued a wind chill warning. This wind chill warning is in effect from 1 a.m. Monday to 8 p.m. EST Tuesday. The winter storm watch is no longer in effect.

Hazardous weather:

* light snow is expected to begin late this evening. The snow may become heavy at times Sunday into Sunday evening. Accumulations of 8 to 12 inches are possible through Sunday night.

* gusty northwest winds of 10 to 20 mph will develop Sunday and increase to between 20 and 30 mph Sunday evening. This will cause blowing and drifting snow Sunday into Monday.

* temperatures will drop drastically Sunday night with lows between 7 below and 17 below zero. Deadly wind chills between 30 below and 45 below zero can be expected Sunday night through Tuesday.

Impacts:

* roads will be snow covered, slick and hazardous. Travel conditions will rapidly deteriorate, especially Sunday and Sunday night. Significant drifting snow will cause roadways to become partially or fully impassable for a period of time.

* visibilities will be reduced to one quarter mile or less in heavy snow and 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.

Instructions:

This is a dangerous and potentially deadly winter storm and travel is discouraged. If you must travel, be prepared for significant travel issues with possible road closures and bitterly cold wind chills. Pack extra blankets, food, water, a shovel and make sure you have plenty of fuel. Do not attempt to walk long distances or spend long periods of time outside.

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