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Last updated on Friday, January 3, 2014
(UNDATED) - Forecasts from the National Weather Service in Indianapolis call for much heavier snow, strong winds and the coldest temperatures this area’s experienced in a quarter-century.
The next round of winter weather is expected to hit Sunday and Monday, bringing subzero temperatures, extreme wind chill and the possibility of eight to 10 inches of snow locally.
Accumulating snow will begin late Saturday and continue into Sunday, with most hitting by late Sunday.
Arctic air and polar wind will build in behind the snow sinking temperatures to their lowest levels since 2004. Temperatures will be as low as 15 below and with the strong winds, wind chills will be 30 to 35 below by Monday and Tuesday.
Authorities Urge Preparation in Advance of Storm
Authorities are urging residents to take all necessary precautions during the extreme and dangerous conditions. With that, travel may be impossible.
Authorities are urging everyone to make sure they have enough food and water inside their homes. It is also a good idea to make sure you have enough medication, both prescription and over the counter, to get you through early next week.
Police add that travel will be very difficult, if at all impossible if the snow falls. If you have to travel, you are urged to use an abundance of caution and to make all necessary preparations.
Drivers and passengers should dress warmly and carry items like blankets, gloves, an ice scraper, snacks, water and fully charged cellphone, among others.
You should also take steps to insure your home is as comfortable and efficient as possible. Make sure your furnace filter has been changed and that all vents are clear from any blockage. Any issues with the furnace itself should be addressed before Saturday night.
You also need to take steps to insure your water supply is continuous. With record cold temperatures expected, you need to do what you can to avoid burst pipes. It is a good idea to insulate your water pipes and to keep a small, steady stream of water flowing. You should turn the cold water on from the faucet farthest away from your water heater.
For updated road and weather conditions, listen to state and area media. You are strongly urged to not call law enforcement for this information. Authorities are asking for these lines to be kept open so that emergency phone calls can get through and be answered as soon as possible.
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