Blizzard Warning and Winter Storm Warning as winter storm bears down on Michiana

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By: Jon Zimney jzimney@953mnc.com

A Blizzard Warning is in effect from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, Feb. 24, according to the National Weather Service of Northern Indiana. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 10 a.m. Wednesday through 4 p.m. Thursday.

  • A mix of rain and snow is expected to change to all snow by early Wednesday afternoon, continuing into Thursday. The snow may be heavy at times Wednesday afternoon and evening.
  • Storm total snowfall accumulations of 4 to 8 inches expected by late Thursday afternoon. Locally higher accumulations are possible.
  • The heaviest snowfall is expected Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday night.
  • North winds will increase to 20 to 30 mph on Wednesday and shift to the northwest Wednesday night and Thursday. Gusts to 35 to 40 mph are possible Wednesday evening into Thursday causing some blowing and drifting snow and reduced visibility, especially in rural areas.

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ABC 57 Chief Meteorologist Tom Coomes Winter Storm blog

The ABC 57 First Warning Neighborhood Weather Center Forecast:

Today: Heavy wet snow is likely after 3:00 p.m. and will continue into the evening. If you can avoid travel this afternoon you’ll save yourself some trouble. More than 6 inches of snow is likely by tomorrow morning, windy with highs in the mid 30s.

Tonight: Snow continues, heavy at times, lows near 30.

Thursday: Windy and snowy, highs in the mid 30s.

Friday: Mostly cloudy, highs in the low 30s.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, highs in the low 40s.

Sunday: Partly cloudy, afternoon rain showers, highs in the mid 40s.

Monday: Snow showers, highs in the low 30s.