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Winter Weather – Afternoon Update

A radar image from the National Weather Service in Indianapolis taken at 3:46 p.m.

The winter storm advisory issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect for much of south central Indiana.

The weather is predicted to start late this afternoon with sleet and freezing rain, turning into snowfall over the evening and overnight hours.

Jason Puma, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis says that the roads could become dangerous as early as tonight.

“Ice can make roads very treacherous at any time; you only need a little bit of ice to make it very difficult to travel. Even this evening once the temperature falls below freezing and there some freezing rain in the area, roads can become slippery very quick so you need to exercise caution with that,” says Puma

The sleet, freezing rain, and snow are the obvious hazards of the first winter storm of the year, but Puma warns that the harsh temperatures can be equally as dangerous.

“Be prepared for severe winter cold, temperatures are going to be rather cold. So dress appropriately, drive appropriately, and exercise caution,” says Puma.

Forecasters say in central Indiana up to five inches of snow is possible and that will be combined with sleet. In south-central and southern Indiana  the potential is higher. Forecasters say many areas can expect up to ten inches of snow by Saturday morning

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