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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Indianapolis IN
630 AM EST Mon Nov 13 2017

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 above normal
precipitation and equal chances for near, above or below normal
temperatures. Expect mild and cold periods, snow and rain. Ice
storms or a blizzard are possible. Snowfall may 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
low temperatures are well below zero while record highs are in the
70s. 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 large amounts of rain, 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 dry and warm and can help you maintain your footing
on ice and snow.  When shoveling snow, take breaks to reduce
over-exertion.

For heating sources, never use a stove or oven to heat your home.
Fire causes carbon monoxide, a poisonous, colorless, odorless gas
often leading to death, and often from these alternate heating
sources. Never leave fires in fireplaces unattended. Keep a metal
fire screen in front of active fires to keep sparks in and hot glass
doors from being touched. 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 Tuesday, we will discuss winter weather travel safety.

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

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