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Bloomington’s first snowstorm of the season to hit Saturday


A student makes her way down a snow-covered path between the Old Crescent and Sample Gates. Students can expect to see up to seven inches of snow this weekend after weeks of above-average temperatures.  IDS file photo Buy Photos

Break out those boots, because Bloomington could see up to seven inches of snow this weekend. 

Snowfall is expected to begin Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service. Weather agencies issued a winter storm warning for central Indiana from late Friday night to Sunday morning, stating that travel could become difficult and there could be low visibility.

This will be the first significant snowfall of the season and is expected to accumulate four to seven inches. Travel Saturday could be hazardous, and citizens should consider staying off the road.

The forecast calls for a high of 35 degrees and a 100 percent chance of precipitation through Saturday night. By Sunday morning, the snow is expected to slow down. The high will reach 34 degrees during the day, and the low will hit 18 degrees Sunday night. 

It is possible that the heavy snowfall could affect Monday morning commutes, according to the storm warning. 

Shawn Mandeville of the Monroe County Highway Maintenance Department said his department is already preparing for the snowstorm with snow plows.

“We will be out at full force,” Mandeville said. “We’ll probably be out most of Saturday and into the evening.”

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