By FRANK PHILLIPS
Even as the calendar says it's the first day of spring, the weather man says, "Dig out your snow boots." As much as six inches of snow is expected between 1 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.
Thirty Indiana counties are included in the winter weather warning issued by the National Weather Service.
The weather service forecasts the storm will begin as rain and quickly turn to snow late Monday night.
By the time the storm ends Tuesday afternoon, forecasters expect as much as six inches of snow will cover west central Indiana.
But there is more "good" news associated with this storm -- wind.
"In addition to the snowfall ... as the storm system tracks up the Ohio valley early Tuesday morning ... easterly winds of 20 to 25 mph will produce some blowing and drifting of snow," said the weather forecast early Monday morning.
"This snowfall in combination with the gusty winds will make travel quite difficult at times early Tuesday morning including the morning rush hour."
Some have asked, "What does a winter storm warning mean?"
According to the National Weather Service, "A winter storm warning means significant amounts of snow ... sleet ... and ice are expected or occurring. Strong winds are also possible. This will make travel very hazardous or impossible. If you must travel allow plenty of extra time to reach your destination and be prepared for severe winter weather conditions."
If you have access to a computer and the Internet, you can stay up to date on both the weather and local news at http://www.thebraziltimes.com.
At the bottom of the home page is a link to the local weather conditions, forecasts and warnings, issued by the National Weather Service via The Weather Channel.
The latest weather warning replaced a weather watch in effect Sunday night.