WINTER STORM WARNING: Snow coming this afternoon and through night; north winds and drifting

COLUMBIA CITY – From Whitley County Emergency Management at 8:05 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4:Winter Storm Warning in Effect from 1pm Today -- 4pm Wed Feb 5thTOTAL SNOWFALL AMOUNTS BY MIDDAY WEDNESDAY ARE ANTICIPATED TO BEGENERALLY IN THE 6 TO 10 INCH RANGE WITH THE HIGHEST AMOUNTSALONG AND SOUTH OF THE HIGHWAY 24 CORRIDOR. SNOWFALL RATES OF 1TO 1.5 INCHES PER HOUR ARE POSSIBLE WITH GREATLY REDUCEDVISIBILITIES THIS EVENING INTO TONIGHT. FARTHER NORTHWESTSNOWFALL AMOUNTS SHOULD GRADUALLY TAPER TO 3 TO 6 INCHES ACROSSFAR NORTHWEST INDIANA INTO EXTREME SOUTHWEST LOWER MICHIGAN.IN ADDITION...NORTH WINDS WILL INCREASE AND LIKELY CAUSESIGNIFICANT AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW TO DEVELOP LATERTONIGHT AND CONTINUE INTO MIDDAY WEDNESDAY...ESPECIALLY IN OPENAND RURAL AREAS...PRIMARILY AFFECTING EAST TO WEST ROADWAYS.TRAVEL WILL BECOME DIFFICULT...ESPECIALLY DURING THE WEDNESDAYMORNING COMMUTE ACROSS THE REGION. INTERSTATES 65...69...75 AND80 WILL BE IMPACTED. PRIMARY ROADS INCLUDING...6 24 30 31 AND 33WILL BECOMES SNOW COVERED AND HAZARDOUS. CONSIDER ALTERNATIVETRAVEL PLANS...IF POSSIBLE.