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Bracing for Major Winter Storm

(La Porte County, IN) - Flakes of snow are now in the air from an approaching winter storm expected to create blizzard conditions later today. A blizzard warning remains in effect until 12 p.m. Saturday for La Porte County and surrounding areas.


Police Officer Mike Kellems of La Porte said now is the time for drivers to get what they need if they haven’t already and start preparing if they have to venture out again. 


“Have some emergency equipment with you in your car. Make sure you have a shovel, a blanket in case you get stuck.  Make sure your cell is working.  If you don’t have a cell phone, make it clear to people where you’re traveling and when you expect to arrive,” he said.


Kellems said drivers also need to make sure their gas tanks are full and drive according to the conditions.


“The bottom line is if you don’t have to travel don’t do it,” he said.


He also advised against traveling to family gatherings during the holiday weekend.


“Mother nature is dealing a card to us that means a snow storm is coming.  Make some common sense decisions,” he said.


The storm is expected to produce greater than 50 mile per hour winds while the snow is piling up, and that means white out conditions along with arctic cold temperatures.


“The best thing folks need to do is stay home,” Kellems said.

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