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A strong winter storm system will be moving into the Ohio Valley at the end of the weekend and will bring heavy snowfall to the region. Although the exact track of this system is very uncertain at this time, our forecast area is believed to be on the edge of the heaviest snowfall from this storm system. The current consensus track is along the Ohio River. If the low pressure system tracks further north, most of our area (everywhere south of the Michigan border) will receive heavy snowfall. If the low pressure system tracks further south, most of our counties will be spared, with heavy snowfall confined to far southeastern portions of the forecast area. As of now, snow acculumations are expected to range from 2 to 6 inches across the majority of the area, with as much as 6 to 8 inches possible in our far southern counties.
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And the NWS has issued a Special Weather Statement:
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTHERN INDIANA
817 PM EDT FRI MAR 22 2013
…WINTER STORM EXPECTED TO IMPACT THE AREA SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH MONDAY MORNING…
AN INTENSE UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE OVER THE NORTHERN ROCKIES THIS EVENING WILL DIG SOUTHEASTWARD INTO THE SOUTHERN PLAINS SATURDAY…SPAWNING LOW PRESSURE OVER CENTRAL TEXAS. THIS SYSTEM IS THEN EXPECTED TO LIFT OUT NORTHEASTWARD THROUGH THE OHIO VALLEY SUNDAY AND MONDAY.
ACCUMULATING SNOW IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP THROUGH THE MID MISSISSIPPI VALLEY EARLY SUNDAY AND SPREAD NORTHEAST ACROSS THE AREA SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE INTO MONDAY MORNING. MUCH OF THE AREA WILL LIKELY SEE SEVERAL INCHES OF NEW SNOW ACCUMULATION…WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR 4 TO 6 INCHES ALONG AND SOUTH OF A PERU TO DECATUR TO OTTAWA LINE WHERE LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS WILL BE POSSIBLE.
THE TRACK OF THIS LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL DETERMINE WHERE THE HEAVIEST SNOW WILL FALL AND STILL REMAINS UNCERTAIN AT THIS TIME. PERSONS PLANNING TRAVEL ACROSS THE REGION FROM LATE SUNDAY THROUGH MONDAY SHOULD STAY TUNED TO LATER FORECASTS THROUGH THIS WEEKEND AS THIS SYSTEM DEVELOPS.