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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Indianapolis IN
630 AM EST Thu Nov 17 2016

This week is Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana.

Let`s do our part as Hoosiers to become a Weather-Ready Nation.

The weather outlook for Indiana this winter favors near to above
normal precipitation and equal chances for above or below normal
temperatures. Expect mild and cold periods, snow and rain. An ice
storm is possible. Snowfall could end up above average.

Whatever weather occurs, everyone must take responsibility for their
own safety. Here are typical winter conditions in Indiana.

In mid-winter across Indiana...high temperatures average between 25
and 35 degrees while lows average between 15 and 25 degrees. Record
temperatures are below zero. Average winter snowfalls range from
15 inches in the south to over 30 inches in the north with
locations near Lake Michigan often receiving more than 60 inches of
snow.

Frequent weather systems may occur, perhaps bringing large swings in
temperatures as well as potential for heavy rains, snow or ice. Minor
rain, snow and ice events are more likely. A crippling blizzard, ice
storm, major flood or tornado is always a possibility.

In addition to cold temperatures being the norm, wind chill is almost
always present, and can be dangerous. Wind chill is the temperature
it "feels like" due to the wind carrying heat away from your body.
Air temperatures near zero and 20 mph winds create wind chills near
20 below zero leading to frostbite in 30 minutes.

Extremely cold conditions can also cause a number of health and
safety concerns, including frostbite and hypothermia. Frostbite
occurs when skin freezes resulting in numbness and a pale white
appearance to the affected area. Slowly re-warm the affected skin.
Hypothermia is identified by uncontrollable shivering, slurred
speech, drowsiness or disorientation. If medical care is not
available, warm the person with a blanket and warm liquids. Do not
try to warm the arms or legs first, it drives cold blood to the
heart and may lead to heart failure.

Taking preventive action is your best defense against winter cold:
dress in several layers of lightweight clothing which keeps you
warmer than a single heavy layer or coat; mittens are warmer than
gloves; a hat or scarf minimizes exposed skin; a scarf over your
mouth protects your lungs from cold. Waterproof, insulated boots
keep your feet warm and dry and can help you maintain your footing
on ice and snow. When shoveling snow, take breaks to reduce
over-exertion.

For heating, never use a stove or oven to heat your home. Carbon
monoxide poisoning and fires are often caused by alternate
heating sources. With fireplaces, keep a glass or metal fire
screen in front of the fire, and never leave a fire unattended.
If using a space heater, follow the manufacturer`s instructions
on how to safely use it. Ensure the heater is on a hard,
non-flammable surface. Turn the space heater off when you leave
the room or go to sleep. Keep children and pets away from your
space heater to prevent burns and do not use the heater to dry
clothing, which if left unattended, could catch fire.


On Friday, we will discuss outdoor safety during winter and how
you can better prepare yourself to minimize your risk.

Visit getprepared.in.gov for more information about winter
safety.

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