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Potentially dangerous weather in weekend forecast

BY Brian Powers - bpowers@chronicle-tribune.com

As temperatures were expected to drop between Thursday and Friday, winter precipitation is projected to come with the cold air.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Geoffrey Heidelberger stated that rain is supposed to change to freezing rain and then snow just in time for the morning commute.

Although the area was initially expecting to receive a large snowstorm, the forecast calls for between one and two inches of snow. The biggest concern is not the snow, but the freezing rain, Heidelberger said.

“Make sure to give yourself some extra time and remember that if the road looks wet, it may actually be ice,” he said.

Heidelberger’s forecast should serve as a reminder for residents to drive with more caution and, although the snow may not be as big of an issue as initially expected, drivers need to be aware of other dangers throughout the weekend.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is advising drivers to consider whether travel is necessary during dangerous conditions such as those in today’s forecast.

“Sometimes travel is better during daylight hours when ice is more likely to melt,” IDHS said.

Residents should not call law enforcement for road information, as these lines are for emergency calls, IDHS said. Instead, the state’s travel advisory map will be updated with travel warnings, watches and advisories at www.in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory.