ELKHART COUNTY – The National Weather Service of Northern Indiana has extended its winter weather advisory into next week and issued a wind chill watch Saturday afternoon, Jan. 25.
The winter weather advisory will be in effect until 7 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27. The wind chill watch will last from Monday morning until Wednesday afternoon, the weather service said. Both of the weather service's advisories apply to the majority of northern Indiana, including Elkhart County.
The weather service predicts one or two inches of snow will fall this evening. Snowfall will increase late Saturday night through Sunday morning before dying down Sunday afternoon, with accumulations expected to be between two and four inches.
While windswept, drifting snow is expected early this evening, it will become more widespread lat Sunday afternoon and night as winds strengthen. Wind chills will be -15 degrees Saturday night and Sunday night. From Monday through Wednesday morning, the wind chill is expected to be between -20 and -35.
Driving will be hazardous through Sunday night due to blowing and drifting snow, the weather service said. People should avoid driving unless it is absolutely necessary. The weather service also said to limit time outdoors Monday through Wednesday, as frostbite could occur in a matter of minutes.