GREENSBURG – Local authorities are preparing for up to six inches of snow, sleet and ice between this afternoon and Wednesday morning.
Decatur County Emergency Management Agency Director Rob Duckworth said snow and other precipitation is expected to begin falling at about 4 p.m. today.
Duckworth had participated in a conference call with the National Weather Service Monday afternoon.
By 9 p.m. tonight, precipitation is expected to switch to sleet and freezing rain, Duckworth said. A wintry mix is expected to continue through the night, and by sunrise Wednesday, about 4 to 6 inches of snow, sleet and ice is expected to have accumulated.
Duckworth said that thankfully the ice is coming on top of the snow, which means road crews will be able to clear the roads more easily than if they had to contend with snow on top of a layer of ice directly on the roads.
Another plus, Duckworth said: The wintry mix is expected to stop before commuters and school buses hit the roads, which means road crews should have enough time to scatter salt and clear the roads after the storm — rather than having to repeatedly try to clear the roads while precipitation is still falling.
The state’s southern area is expected to escape the brunt of the storm, with regions north of Interstate 70 expected to be covered by up to 9 inches of precipitation.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning through Wednesday. The NWS said that a low pressure system from the Gulf of Mexico is expected to travel through the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys today and Wednesday, bringing the potential for another round of significant snow and mixed precipitation to central Indiana.
The NWS warned that roads may become impassable and very slick because of snow, drifts, sleet and freezing rain. Travel may become very hazardous or impossible, according to the NWS.
Duckworth urged motorists to allow for additional travel time and to let their loved ones, colleagues or neighbors know about their planned travel route. That way, if motorists become stranded, they can be found more easily. He also suggested that residents prepare for the storm by having enough food and water in the home for 72 hours. Also, Duckworth said, residents should be prepared for power outages that may affect their ability to heat their homes in frigid temperatures.
Tonight’s low is expected to be near 24 degrees, while Wednesday’s high will be near 28, NWS said. Wednesday night, temperatures are expected to plunge as low as 4 degrees.
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