A Winter Storm Warning, issued by The National Weather Service in Indianapolis Thursday, remains in effect in Putnam County until this evening.
The storm is bringing a mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain to large parts of Indiana.
A snow acumination of 8 to 11 inches will be possible in the region including Putnam County, with the heaviest snowfall expected to wrap up this morning. A mixture of light snow, sleet and freezing drizzle could continue through early afternoon.
A winter storm warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice are expected or already occurring. Strong winds are also possible and the National Weather Service warns that travel will be very hazardous or impossible.
Motorists who have to head out today are advised that with the temperatures below freezing, a vehicle that becomes disabled can make for a life or death situation.
Following are a few tips from the Indiana State Police that you can follow if you must travel during the storm:
* Before you leave, check the weather forecast and let someone know your route of travel.
* Always keep your gas tank full when driving in cold weather.
* Carry a winter survival kit in your car which is to include: blankets, flashlight, extra batteries, brightly colored cloth, sand or a bag of cat litter, shovel, candles and matches, non perishable high calorie foods, (nuts, raisins, and candy bars), newspapers (for insulation), a first aid kit and jumper cables.
* Do not leave your car if stranded because it is your best protection. Do not panic, an idling car only uses one gallon of gas per hour.
* Roll down a window a very small amount for fresh air.
* Make sure the car's exhaust pipe is not blocked to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
* Leave your dome light on.
* If at all possible carry a cell phone, and call 911.
The tips provided sound simple and include several items to place in your car, but they could save your or a family member's life. For Indiana road conditions until March 31, call 800-261-7623 or visit the state police website at www.in.gov/isp.