Northern Indiana to see low temperatures, snow over the weekend

Elkhart County is expected to see low temperatures and as much as six inches of snow over the course of the weekend.

Posted on March 1, 2014 at 12:02 p.m.

ELKHART – More snow is coming to Elkhart County.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for Elkhart County from 7 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 1, to 10 a.m. on Sunday, Mar. 2.

Two to four inches of snowfall are expected in northern Indiana and northwest Ohio late Saturday and an additional one inch could fall on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security issued a travel advisory for Elkhart County indicating that "routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas because of a hazardous situation, and individuals should use caution or avoid those areas."

State highway crews have pre-treated bridges, interchanges and roadways with salt brine in anticipation of the weather, the Indiana Department of Transportation said.

Though highs will hover around 30 degrees most of Saturday, the night will bring lows of 10 to 15 degrees and a wind chill factor of minus 10.

During the day Sunday, highs will be between 15 and 20 degrees with a wind chill factor as low as minus 5. Sunday night could see temperatures as low as zero, with a wind chill factor of minus 10.

INDOT reported that its average annual cost for winter operations for the past five years, including labor, fuel and salt, has been $33.8 million; it estimates it has used $50 million in winter resources this season through February 15.

Plow trucks statewide have logged more than 7.4 million miles and state highway crew have used 387,000 tons of granular salt and 4 million gallons of salt brine, according to INDOT.

We will continue to update this story as we learn more.

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