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Winter weather advisory

The National Weather Service says a winter weather advisory remains in effect until 7 p.m. today for the Indiana counties of Adams, Allen, Blackford, Cass, DeKalb, Grant, Huntington, Jay, Miami, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and White.

Strong winds, accumulating snow and significantly reduced visibility will affect the region through this afternooon.

A powerful storm system is moving across northern Indiana and will continue a northeast track across southeast lower Michigan during the morning hours. Snow will increase, becoming moderate to heavy toward daybreak. A rain and snow mix will persist in the overnight house near Lake Michigan before changing over to all snow at daybreak.

In addition to snow accumulation, very strong west to northwest winds of 25 to 40 mph will continue through the afternoon with gusts to 50 mph. A few gusts to near 60 mph are possible near lakefront areas. The combination of blowing snow and strong winds will reduce visibility significantly with near whiteout conditions in open areas, especially across north central Indiana and far southwest lower Michigan.

Snow will continue today with total accumulations of 1 to 3 inches expected by evening. Travel may become difficult due to snow and blowing snow.

Minor wind damage and sporadic power outages are possible due to strong winds.

A winter weather advisory for blowing snow means that visibility will be limited. Motorists should use caution, especially in open areas.

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