The following statement was issued Monday morning by the National Weather Service of Northern Indiana:
The National Weather Service of Northern Indiana has issued a winter storm watch, which is in effect from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday afternoon. A winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet, or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.
A strong storm system will move quickly from the southeast Texas coast early Tuesday and intensify as it lifts northeast through the Tennessee valley and then to southwest Pennsylvania by daybreak Wednesday.
Snow will quickly overspread the region Tuesday afternoon from the southwest to the northeast and become heavy at times Tuesday night. Snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are possible with greatly reduced visibilities. Total snowfall amounts by midday Wednesday is anticipated to be generally in the 6 to 10 inch range.
In addition, north winds will increase and likely cause significant areas of blowing snow to develop Wednesday morning, especially in open and rural areas, primarily affecting east to west roadways.
The winter storm watch is based on the latest information and is subject to change, depending on the storms exact track and strength. Listen for later updates on this developing winter storm.
- Snow overspreads Tuesday afternoon and evening
- Snow heavy at times Tuesday night
- Total accumulations of 6 to 10 inches possible
- Areas of blowing and drifting snow develops Wednesday
- Snow covered roads and reduced visibilities in occasional heavy snow will produce extremely hazardous travel conditions by Tuesday night.
- Difficult morning commute Wednesday morning
- Increasing north wind Wednesday morning to cause drifting, primarily on east to west roads