January 5th, 2014
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” With Northeast Indiana reaching the end of Winter Storm Ion, officials are working to keep citizens safe and informed.
A Level 1 State of Emergency has been issued for all of Whitley County, including Columbia City, South Whitley and Churubusco. The declaration was a joint decision between Whitley County Commissioners, Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel and Emergency Management Director Cathy Broxon-Ball, who all were hard at work Sunday afternoon, monitoring the storm as it blew through the county.
BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST \6 AM CST\ MONDAY...
...WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM MON
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORTHERN INDIANA HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST \6 AM CST\ MONDAY. THE WINTER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
* HEAVY SNOW WILL TAPER OFF THROUGH MID EVENING. STORM TOTAL
ACCUMULATIONS OF 10 TO 16 INCHES ARE EXPECTED.
* NORTH WINDS WILL SHIFT NORTHWEST AND INCREASE TO 25 TO 35 MPH
WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH THIS EVENING. THIS WILL CAUSE SEVERE
INDIANAPOLISâ€”State health officials are urging Hoosiers to stay safe in extremely cold temperatures by becoming familiar with the risks and taking precautions. Very cold temperatures, ice and snow can pose hazards both indoors and out. Health officials particularly encourage Hoosiers to stay indoors if at all possible.
Whitley County is officially under a SNOW EMERGENCY â€” MANY ROADS ARE IMPASSABLE.
Along with the snow emergency, Whitley County Commissioners, Whitley County Emergency Management have issued the following statement concerning travel within our county.
A â€śWARNING Level Travel Advisoryâ€ť has been issued at 5 p.m. today until Noon Monday.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Crews have officially taken the streets in an effort to clear roadways in Whitley County from Sunday's snow storm, that began at approximately 10 a.m.
According to police scanner traffic, snow plows in Columbia City are struggling to keep up, as many are getting stuck in the eight new inches of snow that has fallen as of 4 p.m. Sunday.
A winter storm advisory is in effect until 1 a.m. Monday morning, and many schools in the area have already been closed for Monday, the first day back from Winter Break.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A woman accused of methamphetamine manufacturing has a new trial date set in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Braidon M. Hall, 19, was originally scheduled to stand trial in February.
Monday, her new attorney, Brad Baber, said his schedule would demand a date three to four months from now.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Jim Bayman has announced his intention to seek re-election for his seat on the Whitley County Council on the Republican ticket.
He currently represents Council District 4, which includes Cleveland, Jefferson and Washington Townships as well as the southern portion of Columbia Township.
Bayman has served the district since his election in 1982.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s first new citizen born in 2014 came as a healthy baby boy Thursday.
Conner Isaiah Curry was born Jan. 2, 2014, at 7:34 a.m. at Parkview Whitley Hospital.
He weighed in at 6 pounds, 9 ounces at birth and measured 19.25 inches in length.
He is the son of Kayla Curry and Nicholas Gagnon of Columbia City, and joins his older brother, Jayden, who is 4 years old.
Conner was delivered by Dr. Michelle Harrison in a C-section.
His mother, Kayla, said she did not expect to have the first baby of 2014, since the delivery was a scheduled C-section.
(Jan. 3, 2014) -- Weather Advisory: Winter Storm ION due to arrive Saturday evening and will continue through Sunday. Six to 12 inches of snow possible. Blowing snow and below zero temperatures are expected until Tuesday.
(Jan. 3, 2014) -- The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning which will be in effect from Saturday evening until Monday morning.
Meteorologist say there is an increasing chance for winter storms to impact the Whitley County and surrounding areas. A significant winter storm will likely hit the area beginning as early as Saturday evening and persisting through Sunday evening.
A cold front is expected to bring light snow Saturday night. However the greatest concern lies with low pressure that will develop rapidly and bring an expected 6 to 12 inches by Sunday night.