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4-6 inches of snow expected

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com

Grant County is expected to receive four to six inches of snow throughout today, according to Amos Dodson, meteorologist at the NOAA National Weather Service.

"It looks like it will probably begin around 6 a.m.," Dodson said. "(It will) slowly taper off late Saturday evening."

The snow may not stop falling until around 2 a.m., he added.

Dodson expects the snow to stick as no higher temperatures are forecasted next week.

The snow is caused by a low pressure system moving through the Tennessee Valley and traveling north, Dodson said.

According to the Associated Press, 25 Indiana counties are expected to receive snow from Friday night through Sunday morning.

The National Weather Service expects the storm to create hazardous travel conditions.

Forecasters told the Associated Press that snowfall amounts may change with any deviations in the strength and path of the storm system.

Marion is all set to take on the snow, according to James Loftis, Marion's city wide maintenance superintendent.

There will be seven plows heading out to remove snow and ice off the roads. The maintenance department spent much of Friday loading the plow trucks with salt and putting blades on the front of them.

The trucks will hit the ground running at 5 a.m., Loftis said.

Loftis warns people to be careful on the roads since it's the first big snowfall of the year and many people may be rusty driving on slippery roads.

The Grant County Highway Department is also expecting road conditions to be slippery, according to Superintendent David White.

The department plans on sending out 20 snow plows to keep the roads as clear as possible.

White said there may be some small traffic delays due to the road conditions.