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Powerful winds are creating a deceptive travel picture in Northern Indiana. What may look like clear driving can quickly turn treacherous in an open area, especially with recent snow and windy conditions today.TreesWind

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) is joining the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Indiana State Police to advise Hoosiers to consider avoiding travel through northern Indiana.

Additionally, a winter storm should be monitored by citizens in northern Indiana through Sunday. The National Weather Service predicts 3-7 inches of snow is possible for portions of northern Indiana. Some areas may see higher totals due to lake effect snow.

Strong wind gusts of up to 45 mph through Sunday afternoon may cause white out conditions in some areas. The wind can create deceptive travel conditions for drivers. Some areas may look clear, but strong wind gusts across open fields can reduce visibility to nothing in a matter of seconds. It is better not to travel altogether in order to avoid being caught in whiteout conditions.

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Hoosiers should carefully consider if travel is necessary during this time. Use a variety of sources to make an informed decision.

One of those sources is the Indiana County Travel Advisory Map. It’s updated with information from the county emergency management agencies and describes the conditions for a travel warning, watch, advisory and caution.

The map is available online at http://www.in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory/, or on your mobile device by downloading the Indiana Travel Advisory app for iPhone (https://appsto.re/us/QHVw4.i) in the App Store, and Android (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.in.traveladvisory) in the Google Play Store.

In addition to the Travel Advisory Map, keep an eye on road conditions and closures across the state at trafficwise.in.gov or via the Northwest District’s social media channels:www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest or Twitter @INDOTNorthwest.

If travel is necessary, let someone know your route, expected time of arrival, and how to reach you. Charge your cell phone before leaving. Pack essential items such as high protein snacks, water, first aid kit, flashlight, warm blankets, extra prescription medications and important documents or information you might need during an emergency.