Winter Storm Watch issued for Thursday night and Friday morning

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for our area for Thursday night and Friday morning.

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
357 PM EST WED FEB 23 2011

…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FOR NORTHERN INDIANA FAR SOUTHERN LOWER MICHIGAN AND NORTHWESTERN OHIO THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY MORNING…

.LOW PRESSURE WILL DEVELOP AND TRACK ALONG OR JUST NORTH OF THE OHIO RIVER THURSDAY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY. PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO RAPIDLY BREAK OUT THURSDAY EVENING AND MAY BECOME HEAVY LATE THURSDAY NIGHT INTO FRIDAY MORNING. WHILE THE BULK OF THE PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO FALL IN THE FORM OF SNOW…A MIXTURE OF SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN IS POSSIBLE…ESPECIALLY SOUTH OF A MARION INDIANA TO OTTAWA OHIO LINE WHERE WARM AIR ALOFT MAY BE IN PLACE. 4 TO 8 INCHES OF SNOW IS POSSIBLE ACROSS MUCH OF THE WATCH AREA WITH AMOUNTS CLOSE TO A FOOT POSSIBLE IN THE HEAVIEST BAND. A TENTH TO ONE QUARTER INCH OF ICE COULD ACCRUE ACROSS SOUTHERN AREAS.

TRAVEL WILL BECOME DIFFICULT THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY. STAY TUNED FOR LATER UPDATES ON THIS DEVELOPING WINTER STORM.

[…] …WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORTHERN INDIANA HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING.

* TIMING…PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP BY LATE THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND INCREASE IN INTENSITY THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY MORNING BEFORE TAPERING.

* MAIN IMPACT…SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW WILL POSE THE GREATEST THREAT WITH ACCUMULATIONS IN EXCESS OF 6 INCHES POSSIBLE. SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN MAY MIX AT TIMES…ESPECIALLY SOUTH OF ROUTE 24.

* OTHER IMPACTS…ROADS WILL BECOME SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY WITH BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW IN OPEN AREAS. TRAVEL WILL BECOME DIFFICULT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

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