GOSHEN — The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning until 7 a.m. Monday for Elkhart and Kosciusko counties along with counties to the west extending to Lake Michigan and counties to the south extending to Marion.
A winter storm warning has been issued for LaGrange and Noble counties.
The blizzard warning follows the declaration of a state of emergency in Elkhart County, which bars motorists from the roads so plows can clear snow. The emergency will extend through Monday and beyond until county commissioners decide the emergency is over.
According to the National Weather Services, heavy snow will taper off Sunday night after accumulations of up to 16 inches.
The wind will shift to the northwest and reach 35 mph, with gusts of 40 mph, causing severe blowing and drifting of snow overnight with whiteout driving conditions.
Temperatures will drop drastically overnight, according to the NWS, and reach -15 degrees. Wind chills will reach -45 degrees. The extreme cold and wind chills are expected to continue through Tuesday night.
The NWS warns that in such conditions frost bite and hypothermia can occur in a matter of minutes and death may result if precautions are not taken.