Special Weather Statement from the NWS

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Special Weather Statement from the National Weather Service:

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
840 PM EST SUN DEC 12 2010

[…] …SNOW DIMINISHING BUT STRONG WINDS CONTINUE…

LIGHT SNOW IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS BEFORE DIMINISHING FURTHER TO LIGHT SNOW SHOWERS. ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATIONS AWAY FROM LAKE EFFECT AREAS IS EXPECTED TO BE AN INCH TO POSSIBLY TWO INCHES. STRONG NORTH TO NORTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH WILL CREATE SIGNFICANT BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW…ESPECIALLY ON EAST TO WEST ROADS.

TRAVEL SHOULD BE AVOIDED TONIGHT WITH THESE DANGEROUS CONDITIONS EXPECTED TO PERSIST. IF YOU MUST GO OUT…PACK EXTRA BLANKETS…FOOD AND WATER IN CASE YOU BECOME STRANDED. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A FULL TANK OF GAS AND DRIVE CAUTIOUSLY.

And an updated Winter Weather Advisory as well:

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
741 PM EST SUN DEC 12 2010

…WINTER STORM TO IMPACT AREA THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT…

.LIGHT SNOW WILL CONTINUE THIS EVENING ACROSS THE ENTIRE AREA WITH BRIEF PERIODS OF HEAVIER SNOW. AN INTENSE BAND OF HEAVY LAKE EFFECT SNOW WILL CONTINUE ACROSS FAR NORTHWEST INDIANA AND SOUTHWEST LOWER MICHIGAN THROUGH THE NIGHT AND INTO MONDAY AND MONDAY NIGHT.

ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATIONS OUTSIDE OF THE LAKE EFFECT BAND WILL GENERALLY BE BETWEEN 1 AND 2 INCHES. WITHIN THE LAKE EFFECT SNOW BAND…ACCUMULATIONS TONIGHT COULD BE 5 TO 10 INCHES WITH SNOWFALL RATES OF 1 TO INCHES PER HOUR AND LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE. TOTAL LAKE EFFECT SNOWFALL ACCUMULATION WILL LIKELY BE BETWEEN 12 AND 18 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS.

STRONG NORTH WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO NEAR 40 MPH CAN ALSO BE EXPECTED TONIGHT. THIS WILL LEAD TO CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW…ESPECIALLY ON EAST TO WEST ROADS OVERNIGHT.

THE SNOW WILL TAPER OFF OVER MUCH OF THE AREA BY DAYBREAK…EXCEPT FOR THE HEAVY LAKE EFFECT SNOW BAND.

TRAVELING CONDITIONS ACROSS THE REGION WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT THIS EVENING…AND CONTINUE INTO MONDAY. SOME ROADS IN OUTLYING AREAS MAY BECOME IMPASSABLE FROM BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW…ESPECIALLY IN LAKE EFFECT AREAS.

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM EST MONDAY…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM EST MONDAY.

* TIMING…LIGHT AND OCCASIONALLY MODERATE SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH LATE EVENING BEFORE TRANSITIONING TO SNOW SHOWERS EARLY MONDAY MORNING. STRONG NORTH TO NORTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO 25 MPH WILL CONTINUE THROUGH MONDAY MORNING CAUSING WIDESPREAD BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.

* MAIN IMPACT…TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 3 TO 6 INCHES ARE EXPECTED WITH ISOLATED HIGHER AMOUNTS NEAR 8 INCHES POSSIBLE. STRONG WINDS WILL CAUSE WIDESPREAD BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF THE SNOW AND SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE VISIBILITIES BEGINNING THIS AFTERNOON.

* OTHER IMPACTS…MOTORISTS WILL LIKELY ENCOUNTER RAPIDLY CHANGING CONDITIONS…WITH ROADS BEING SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY
ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES…AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

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