A storm system will dump heavy, wet snow over Indiana and Michigan
INDIANAPOLIS – Heavy, wet snow — part of a storm system that spawned tornadoes in the Houston area — blocked roads, vehicles, homes and buildings across much of southeast Michigan in central and northern Indiana on Wednesday.
About six inches of snow is expected in the Detroit area, and four inches of snow is expected in eastern Indiana southwest of Fort Wayne by noon, said Maddie Johnson of the National Weather Service in northern Indiana.
Wednesday’s storm is expected to bring damaging winds to parts of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, forecasters said. Winter weather warnings extended from Missouri south to Maine, with parts of New England expecting 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 centimeters) of snow, the National Weather Service said.
Fort Wayne, Indiana has been hit by snow and many accidents on the roads.
“People are sliding off exit ramps on freeways,” Johnson added. “They go too fast for the situation.”
In Hamilton County north of Indianapolis, power lines were flooded and power outages occurred, said Gregory Melo, a meteorologist with the Weather Service’s Indianapolis office.
Indianapolis recorded 2.8 inches as of 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, and while the snow is still falling, it is expected to end by afternoon. Snow totals are expected to be 5 to 8 inches north and northeast of Indianapolis by mid-afternoon.
“This is one of the first big snows we’ve had,” said Scott Cabauatan, assistant director of utilities for Wayne County, which includes Detroit. “It’s hard to get that snow because it’s wet and heavy compared to light snow.”
Cabauatan said crews will roughly clear just under 5,000 miles of track on a flat run. “We will have the right to have one hundred technicians and operators work at any time to clear the roads from snow and ice,” he added.
Snow is also forecast for the weekend and weekend. “We’re looking forward to a lot of weekends here from work and in the trucks,” Cabauatan said.
Schools and businesses were closed Wednesday in parts of central and eastern Oklahoma after 1 to 6 inches (3 to 15 centimeters) of snow fell. As of Wednesday morning, more than 160,000 homes and businesses were without power in northern Arkansas and southern Missouri after heavy snow fell in the Ozarks the day before.
Forecasters declared a rare tornado emergency for the Houston area on Tuesday as the storm system moved through the heavily populated area. There was heavy damage in cities east of Houston, but no injuries.
In Louisiana, three people suffered “minor to moderate injuries” when their mobile homes were overturned or destroyed after a tornado touched down in the Morel Lane area north of Baton Rouge, the parish sheriff’s office said. Pointe Coupee.
In Texas, several businesses in Pasadena, east of Houston, suffered extensive damage, including the city’s animal shelter.
The host reported from Wayne, Michigan. Associated Press writers Jill Bled in Little Rock, Arkansas, David Phillip in Pasadena and Sean Murphy in Oklahoma City contributed to this report.
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