Goshen News, Goshen, IN

March 11, 2014

WEATHER UPDATE: Area under a winter storm warning


THE GOSHEN NEWS

— The National Weather Service of Northern Indiana has issued a winter storm warning.

A winter storm will impact our area late tonight and Wednesday.

Heavy snow will overspread the area late tonight and continue into Wednesday as a strengthening low pressure system tracks east through far southern Indiana and Ohio.

Precipitation will begin as a period of rain before transitioning to snow from northwest to southeast during the early morning hours Wednesday.

A period of sleet is also expected, especially during the transition. 

Storm total snowfall

From late tonight through late Wednesday afternoon, about 5 to 9 inches of snow is expected to fall. North winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 35 to 40 mph will create areas of blowing and drifting snow resulting in hazardous travel conditions on Wednesday. The strong winds may also cause tree branches to be blown down, possibly resulting in a few power outages.

Counties affected include: Elkhart, LaGrange, St. Joseph, LaPorte, Steuben, Starke and Marshall counties in Indiana and Berrien, St. Joseph and Cass counties in Michigan.

This winter storm warning will be in effect from midnight tonight to 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Timing: Rain will move into the area tonight and change to snow around midnight and then continue through Wednesday morning before tapering off by Wednesday afternoon.

Snow accumulation: 6 to 9 inches, with considerable blowing and drifting snow.

Impacts: Heavy snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour and north winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 35 to 40 mph will result in hazardous travel conditions late tonight and Wednesday. The strong winds may also cause tree branches to be blown down, possibly resulting in a few power outages.

Weather officials said only to travel in an event of an emergcncy. Those who must travel should keep an extra flashlight, food and water in their vehicle in case of emergency.