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Daniels: State Preparing for Severe Winter Storm

Governor Daniels says the state will monitor an approaching winter storm, but for now at least, state government will operate as normal tomorrow.

Snow on Kirkwood

Photo: Bill Shaw

The governor is preparing for a winter storm that's expected to begin tonight in Indiana.

Following talks with members of the military and the state’s 92 emergency management directors, Governor Mitch Daniels and Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman have decided the state’s business will continue on Tuesday, even as a severe winter storm blows into Indiana.  Skillman spoke at noon Monday with Indiana National Guard Adjutant General Martin Umbarger, who Skillman says has ordered some National Guard troops deployed in anticipation of Hoosiers needing their assistance.  Daniels says what concerns him most is that many forecasts include heavy ice accumulation…

“May sound odd, but I think we’d rather have a couple feet of snow than a lot of ice, with the damage it can do to utility lines, to cell towers, to basic services.  So that’s why we’re especially concerned this time.  Hoping we catch a break, but planning for the worst,” said Daniels.

The state’s Emergency Operations Center, staffed by employees of agencies with a stake in public safety, will be at full strength by the time the storm hits.  Daniels says he’ll monitor the weather on a day-by-day basis, but currently has no plans to shut down the Statehouse or any state agency.  According to forecasters Central Indiana could get about an inch of ice and northern Indiana could see a foot of snow.

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