SNOW FURY: Storm pummeling Whitley County

COLUMBIA CITY – Rapidly deteriorating road conditions started shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday when the most recent snowstorm started pummeling Whitley County. Five to eight inches of snow was expected during the storm.Starting as drizzle, then freezing rain, the wintry mix turned to heavy snow shortly before 6 a.m. and was predicted to continue without letting up until at least 12 noon Wednesday. A Winter Storm Warning was issued until at least 5 p.m. Wednesday.Schools were cancelled today, as were most community events for today and tonight.Despite the snow being heavy and wet Wednesday morning, drifting was already happening due to strong winds, 25-35 mph, from the north and northeast. Winds were expected to intensify during the day as temperatures continue to plummet to a low near zero to 5 below Wednesday night.The high temperature Tuesday was in the low 50s, while the high predicted for Thursday is 28. Friday's high is predicted to be 51. The high Wednesday was realized shortly after midnight at 41. At 7:30 a.m. Wednesday it was 30 degrees and the mercury will tumble throughout the day.