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Noble County getting ready for winter snow

When you factor in the expected strong winds, many county roads could be drifted shut when you go to work.

Posted: Dec 11, 2017 11:37 PM

NOBLE COUNTY, Ind. (WFFT) - The National Weather Service is saying parts of Noble County could get up to 9 inches of snow Tuesday morning.

When you factor in the expected strong winds, many county roads could be drifted shut when you go to work.

Many people tell WFFT they're ready.

"Not too bad. Just take it slow and steady. We'll get there. I don't go anywhere too fast," said Chris Jansen, Noble County resident.

Chris Jansen said he's skeptical of the forecast.

"I'll believe when I see it. But if it happens, my son will be excited," said Jansen.

"My kiddos will be super excited. They are 10 and 12 -year old boys and they will have a blast if we really get that much snow," said Katie Byrom.

Byrom lives in Fort Wayne, but drives to Noble County every day for work.

She said she's praying the forecast is wrong.

"I'm not super worried until I get to Noble County and then it is usually a mess. So hopefully, at least until I get up here, I'll be okay," said Byrom.

At Doc's hardware in Albion, the snow shovels are out and the snow melt is on the shelves. The store's owner, Don Merriman, said that's where they're staying, at least for now.

"I just think everybody is used to the snow bands being called for here and us not getting it. So they wait until the last minute," said Merriman.

"We suggest they prepare for the worst and hope for the best," said Michael Newton, Noble County EMA Director.

Newton said people shouldn't wait to be ready.

"The main thing I suggest is have a go kit in your car. Have warm clothes, have boots, have hats, things you can do. If you're stuck in your car, you can put water in there," he said.

Jansen said he's already done that.

"We actually, over the weekend, prepared bags for our vehicles. We're ready to go, we're ready for winter," said Jansen.

Newton also encourages people to stay off the roads if you can.

The Noble County Highway Department said they're bringing in all plow drivers around 4 a.m. to try to get the main roads cleared.

Those drivers will be out until all the roads are cleared.

The city of Kendallville is asking drivers to park off the street so snow plows can pass through.

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