Special Weather Statement Issued by NWS NorthernIndiana (Northern Indiana and Northeastern Ohio)
Indiana Target Area: Adams, Allen, Blackford, Cass, De Kalb, Elkhart, Fulton, Grant, Huntington, Jay, Kosciusko, La Porte, Lagrange, Marshall, Miami, Noble, Pulaski, St. Joseph, Starke, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, White and Whitley Counties.
***Potential Winter Storm Late Friday Through Saturday***
A period of active winter weather is expected from Friday morning through Saturday. Rain is expected to transition to a wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet, and snow early Friday morning into before changing to all snow Friday afternoon. Some ice accumulation and slick roadways are possible during this period. Snowfall accumulations are expected to be minor through Friday afternoon with a few inches of snow possible especially along and southeast of Route 24. A stronger storm system will affect the area Friday night into Saturday with a potential of significant snow accumulations in excess of 6 inches. Some uncertainty remains regarding the exact track of this system, but at this time the greatest potential of significant snow accumulations appears to be roughly southeast of a line from Litchfield, MI to Logansport, IN Friday night into Saturday evening. In addition, there is a potential of gusty north winds accompanying the storm resulting in blowing and drifting snow and significantly reduced visibility. Small changes in forecast storm track will dramatically change forecast snowfall amounts. Anyone planning travel across the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley region should stay updated on later forecasts as confidence in the track of this storm increases over the next few days. Much colder air will move back into the region Saturday night behind this system with increasing chances of lake effect snow showers Saturday night into Sunday morning.
Instructions: Be prepared for Winter Weather Advisories or Winter Storm Watches or even Winter Storm Warnings to be issued as this winter storm approaches Northern Indiana and North Central Indiana.