Winter Storm Watch in effect Tuesday thru Wednesday evening

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch effective Tuesday and Wednesday:

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
453 AM EST SUN JAN 30 2011

…POTENT WINTER STORM TO AFFECT THE REGION…

.A STRONG LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL PUSH INTO THE OHIO VALLEY ON TUESDAY…AND SUPPORT DETERIORATING WEATHER CONDITIONS IN THE AREA. SNOW WILL DEVELOP ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON…EXPANDING IN COVERAGE AND INTENSITY TUESDAY EVENING. SNOW WILL CONTINUE INTO WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON…ENDING BY WEDNESDAY EVENING. SNOW MAY MIX WITH OR CHANGE TO SLEET OR FREEZING RAIN SOUTH OF ROUTE 24…WITH SOME ICING POSSIBLE. SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF UP TO 18 INCHES WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH THIS SYSTEM…WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS OF OVER 20 INCHES NOT OUT OF THE REALM OF POSSIBILITY. SUSTAINED WINDS OF 15 TO 30 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS…WOULD SUPPORT WIDESPREAD BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW…WITH DRIFTS POTENTIALLY REACHING SEVERAL FEET IN SOME LOCATIONS. TRAVEL WILL LIKELY BE DIFFICULT TO IMPOSSIBLE IN MANY AREAS…WITH ROAD CLOSURES POSSIBLE. THERE IS STILL SOME UNCERTAINTY REGRADING THE EXACT TRACK OF THIS SYSTEM…AS CURRENT FORECAST SNOW AMOUNTS AND STORM IMPACTS COULD CERTAINLY CHANGE. PERSONS IN THE AREA SHOULD PREPARE FOR THIS POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS STORM. LISTEN TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR LOCAL MEDIA FOR LATER UPDATES ON THIS POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS SITUATION…ESPECIALLY PERSONS PLANNING TRAVEL IN THE REGION.

[…] …WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORTHERN INDIANA HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING.

* TIMING…SNOW WILL DEVELOP TUESDAY AFTERNOON…EXPANDING IN COVERAGE AND INTENSITY TUESDAY EVENING. SNOW MAY MIX WITH OR CHANGE TO FREEZING RAIN OR SLEET LATE TUESDAY NIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY MORNING. SNOW WILL CONTINUE INTO WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON…ENDING WEDNESDAY EVENING.

* MAIN IMPACT…HEAVY SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATIONS OF 6 TO 12 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE…WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS. IF PRECIPITATION CHANGES TO FREEZING RAIN OR SLEET…MUCH LOWER SNOWFALL AMOUNTS WOULD BE EXPECTED. ICING WOULD BE POSSIBLE FROM ANY FREEZING RAIN.

* OTHER IMPACTS…SUSTAINED WINDS OF 15 TO 30 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS WOULD SUPPORT WIDESPREAD BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW…HIGHLY IMPACTING TRAVEL.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

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.

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