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Effects of winter storm expected to continue into Thursday

Justin Hicks/IPB News

While the winter weather advisory is no longer in effect, much of Michiana is still dealing with the impact of Wednesday’s storm.

Snow showers are still in the forecast Thursday morning and afternoon, but with much lighter accumulation. The bigger concern is wind — gusts could get as high as 25 to 30 miles per hour, causing any snow that does fall to blow and drift.

That means travel will be dangerous most of the day. According to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, WVPE’s southernmost listener counties — Starke, Marshall, Pulaski and Fulton — as well as LaGrange County are under a ‘red’ travel advisory, which means all individuals are advised to stay off the roads.

St. Joseph, Elkhart, Kosciusko and LaPorte counties are under an ‘orange’ advisory, meaning only essential travel is recommended.

The Michigan State Police have also advised travelers to stay off the roads if possible.

So far, there haven't been widespread power outages across Michiana. As of 3 p.m. Thursday, NIPSCO was reporting 105 customer outages. The majority of those were in Grovertown, west of Plymouth.

Consumers Energy and Midwest Energy in Michigan weren't reporting any outages Thursday afternoon.

I&M reports that between Wednesday and Thursday morning, about 5,700 customers lost power at some point. However, power was restored to all but 6 customers by 3 p.m. Thursday.

This story has been updated.

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Gemma DiCarlo came to Indiana by way of Athens, Georgia. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2020 with a degree in Journalism and certificates in New Media and Sustainability. She has radio experience from her time as associate producer of Athens News Matters, the flagship public affairs program at WUGA-FM.