NWS: Snowfall rates of 1 inch per hour possible tonight

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Latest update on the NWS Winter Storm Warning, but first, here’s a look at their updated forecast model for tonight:

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
355 PM EST TUE MAR 5 2013

…MODERATE SNOW TO INTENSIFY OVERNIGHT…

A STRONG LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM IS CURRENTLY MOVING ACROSS THE SOUTHERN OHIO VALLEY WITH MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW EXTENDING INTO THE SOUTHERN GREAT LAKES. SNOW CURRENTLY OVER THE AREA WILL CONTINUE TO INCREASE IN INTENSITY AND COVERAGE AS THE EVENING PROGRESSES. SNOWFALL RATES OF AROUND AN INCH PER HOUR WILL BE POSSIBLE BETWEEN 6 PM AND 2 AM TONIGHT. TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS OF 5 TO 7 INCHES ARE STILL EXPECTED IN THE WARNING AREA WITH 2 TO 5 INCHES IN THE ADVISORY AREA. A SLIGHT SHIFT IN THE NORTHWARD EXTENT OF SNOWFALL WILL ALLOW FOR LOWER ACCUMULATIONS IN THE FAR NORTHEAST THOUGH.

…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST WEDNESDAY…

HAZARDOUS WEATHER…

* TIMING…SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO INCREASE IN COVERAGE AND INTENSITY THIS EVENING WITH THE HEAVIEST SNOW EXPECTED BETWEEN 8 PM AND 2 AM.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…STORM TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 5 TO 7 INCHES ARE EXPECTED BY EARLY TOMORROW MORNING.

IMPACTS…

* PERIODS OF MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW WILL RESULT IN SNOW COVERED ROADS AND HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL…KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT…FOOD…AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

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