Wintry weather here through Wednesday
The region awoke to its first snow of the season Friday, as forecasters eye more winterlike weather next week, with overnight lows dipping into the teens.
But wait. There’s more.
Wind gusts of up to 35 mph today could make temperatures feel more like 5 to 10 degrees, said Nathan Marsili, meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s northern Indiana office outside Syracuse.
Friday’s snow was followed by a sober urging from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security for Hoosiers to “prepare before winter weather hits.” Not coincidentally, Winter Weather Preparedness Week begins Sunday. Winter officially begins Dec. 21.
Between a half-inch and an inch of snow had fallen across northeast Indiana by 7 a.m. Friday, Marsili said. Friday’s high was not expected to climb out of the 30s, with temperatures plummeting to an overnight low this morning of 22.
While partly sunny, today’s high is expected to reach only 33 degrees. Expect similar temperatures next week through Wednesday, with highs in the 30s and lows in the 20s, and dropping to 19 Tuesday night.
Monday could bring more snow : up to 2 inches : but Marsili said that could move southeast of Fort Wayne, sparing the region. By next Friday : for those who have not left for Florida : temperatures could be back in the 45- to 50-degree range, Marsili said.
Here are some winter tips from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security:
• Prepare a winter kit in the event power goes out to include a battery operated or hand crank all-hazard radio, extra clothing, warm blankets and sleeping bags for insulation.
• If driving is unavoidable in severe weather, download the IDHS County Travel Advisory Map in the App Store or Google Play Store. Take along extra blankets, nonperishable food, jumper cables and spare clothes. Have a mechanic thoroughly check the vehicle, especially brakes, battery and tires.
• To avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, do not use ovens for a heat source or close fireplace dampers too early after a fire. Keep space heaters away from loose or flammable objects.