Wind chills today, tomorrow will be dangerous

January 6, 2014

How drastic are the warnings by the National Weather Service over the most recent winter storm?
“Death will occur if precautions are not taken,” states the NWS in the bulletin on the windchill warning it posted at 6:59 a.m. today.
The NWS is expecting the ambient temperatures to be well below zero today and Tuesday and winds with gusts as high as 40 mph could make it feel like its 45 degrees below zero.
The winter storm warning, which was issued Saturday night, also remains in effect through 4 p.m. today. While the snow is all finished, the winds are expected to blow around the snow that’s on the ground, creating heavy drifting on all roads, rendering them partially or completely impassable. The winds will also create white-out conditions, especially in rural areas.
Weather should moderate some by Wednesday, when more snow is expected to fall. However, that snowfall is not expected to add up to much.
NWS expects the temperatures to get warm enough by Friday that precipitation may fall as rain.

Wells County, Bluffton have emergency declarations
Technically, in Wells County, nobody’s supposed to be out on the roads unless they are an emergency worker.
Wells County went to a Level 3, or Red, travel status about 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The city of Bluffton has essentially matched that, as Mayor Ted Ellis declared a weather emergency that will extend until 5 p.m. Monday.
Wells County and much of Indiana was blanketed by snowfall Sunday. Monday and Tuesday are expected to bring miserably frigid temperatures – with daytime temperatures of -11 on Monday and a high temperature of -2 on Tuesday – plus winds between 25 and 35 miles per hour. That will result in wind chill factors of -40 or worse.

County meetings delayed by storm until Wednesday
Meetings of the Wells County Commissioners, the Wells County Solid Waste District, the Wells County Drainage Board, and the Wells County Council will be delayed until Wednesday.
The Drainage Board will meet at 8 a.m., the County Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m., the Solid Waste District Board will meet at 1 p.m. in an executive session and at 2 p.m. in a regular session, and the County Council will meet at 7 p.m.
The first three meetings had been scheduled for Monday and the County Council meeting had been scheduled for Tuesday.

Don’t call police for road info — check INDOT, instead
Residents are asked not to call law enforcement agencies for road condition reports. Those lines must be kept clear for emergencies.
For information about road conditions, call 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or go online to or

No News-Banner home delivery today
No home delivery of this edition of the News-Banner will be attempted today, N-B Editor and Publisher Mark Miller said.
Papers will be delivered to subscribers as soon as possible this week.

Christmas tree pickup is delayed by snowfall
Bluffton Street Department workers were going to start picking up Christmas trees — the live kind, that is — at the curbside today.
That won’t happen. The best guess is that the process will start next week.

Heyerly’s will offer delivery of food to shut-ins
Heyerly’s Meat Market will be open, and is capable of delivering food to shut-ins.
Owner Shaun Imbody says the store has 4-wheel drive vehicles available for use.
Also, Imbody says the Snug Café is open  and will provide free meals to any snow abatement workers.

Trash pickup will be delayed one day this week
Trash pickup in Bluffton and Ossian will be delayed a day this week.
Crews will not be making their usual Monday runs, according to an announcement from Republic Services/National Serv-all. In Bluffton, that will push Monday’s pickups to Tuesday, Tuesday’s to Wednesday, and Wednesday’s to Thursday.

Bluffton cancels Tuesday meetings
The Bluffton Common Council and Board of Public Works and Safety has canceled its Tuesday, Jan. 7, meetings.

Northern Wells schoolboard to still hold meeting
Superintendent Scott Mills said he has talked to Gene Donaghy, board president, and members will still meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Fire marshal: Clear areas around fire hydrants
State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson is asking citizens to clear snow from fire hydrants as part of the snow removal for their properties.
Snow accumulation or the results of plowing and snow clearing can completely cover or restrict access to fire hydrants, Greeson said.
A blocked hydrant can mean slower response to extinguishing fires and (clearing it) only takes a few minutes,” said Greeson.

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