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Storm warning: 5 to 9 inches in area

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning forecasting 5 to 9 inches of snow over most of northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio from early Wednesday through Wednesday afternoon.

The storm will begin as rain tonight before changing to snow from northwest to southeast during the early morning hours Wednesday, the weather service said.

It said gusty winds of 35 to 40 mph over most of the area will make for travel very hazardous or impossible on Wednesday. Those winds may cause tree branches to be blown down, causing power outages, the weather service said.

The storm is expected to taper off Wednesday afternoon.

The current forecasts say:

  • 6 to 9 inches for LaGrange and Steuben counties in Indiana and Williams County, Ohio, from midnight

    Tuesday to 5 p.m. Wednesday;

  • 5 to 8 inches for Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, Noble, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties in Indiana and Defiance, Paulding and Van Wert counties in Ohio, from 2 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday; and
  • 4 to 6 inches in Mercer County, Ohio, where the storm may last into Wednesday evening.