WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH
* WHAT...Heavy snow is possible. Winds could gust as high as 55 mph.
Wind chills are as low as -28. Blowing snow.
* WHERE...Portions of central and east central Indiana.
* WHEN...From Thursday evening through Saturday morning.
* IMPACTS...Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches and cause power outages. Wind chills as low as 25 below zero could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 15 minutes..
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Areas within the watch are where confidence is highest for the three major hazards; snow, wind, and extreme cold. Areas to the south are likely to see the wind and cold, but confidence on the snow remains low. A flash freeze is likely Thursday night, with temperatures dropping more than 30 degrees in a matter of hours during the transition from rain to snow.
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Confidence is high that Thursday into Saturday, Madison County and Central Indiana will experience a Winter Storm that could make travel treacherous and possibly impossible. Snow will start to fall across the western portions of Central Indiana and move toward our area. As of the writing of this, there are several counties in Central Indiana that are already under a Winter Storm Watch per the National Weather Service. The counties closest to us are Howard, Tipton, Hamilton, and Boone counties. Madison County is right on the edge of the Watch area. As time progresses over the next 24-48 hours, more detailed information will become available, and the Watch area may be increased, or possibly Warnings could be issued.
The current storm track is still a little uncertain, but again confidence is high that parts of Central Indiana will receive double-digit amounts of snow. Along with the snow, high winds over 50 mph can be expected. The highest winds will be Friday from noon to the evening. This will result in the blowing and drifting of snow. Once the winds are sustained at 50 mph or greater, this will result in Blizzard conditions. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches and cause power outages. The cold wind chills with this storm could reach -25 below zero, which could cause frostbite to exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.
Currently, the snowfall amounts indicate that the Lafayette area will receive 14.8" of snow, Indianapolis is listed at 8.5," and Muncie is listed at 3.8". If you have to travel Northern Indiana, the area of S. Bend is looking at 10.2". If you are headed to Terre Haute, they could receive 12.1' of snow.
Since Madison County is right on a dividing line at this point, the western half of the County may see 6" with the eastern half receiving about 3".
This is a developing Winter Storm and is very fluid in nature. As always we are continually monitoring several weather sources to bring you the most up-to-date information.
If you must travel, please have winter safety items in your vehicle. This can include, but is not limited to, a fully charged cell phone, cell phone charger, full tank of fuel and gas up any time you reach 1/2 a tank of fuel should you get stranded, candles for heat, a candle holder or metal can and of course a fire stick to light the candles. Bottles of water in the passenger compartment for hydration are a necessity. Non-perishable food like energy bars are a great idea to keep your stomach full and have to have calories to help keep you warm. Blankets and/or sleeping bags are beneficial. Make sure you have some sort of piece of fabric, other than white, that you can tie to your antenna (if you have one on your car) or hang out a window to indicate someone is in the vehicle. This will allow anyone who passes by to check on you. A small snow shovel and a bag of kitty litter are good to help you dig the snow out from behind or in front of tires should you get stuck. Kitty litter assists with giving your tire traction, especially on ice.
Should you become stuck in the snow and are unable to dig yourself out, stay with the vehicle. Use the snow shovel to keep the snow from covering your exhaust pipe. Never leave the vehicle to walk to try to find help.
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