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STATEWIDE–Heavy, wet snow is supposed to fall across Indiana throughout the weekend, says the National Weather Service.

“What we are looking at is a strong system moving in during the day on Saturday. We’re looking at snow Saturday night and maybe some rain Sunday then back to snow Sunday night,” said Crystal Petit, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis. “For Indianapolis, we’re looking at anywhere between two and four inches of snow. Right now, we’re anticipating the heaviest snow falling north of Indianapolis.”

The heaviest snow is expected to fall in the northern parts of the state.

“By the time it’s all said and done, probably a large part of northern Indiana will see anywhere between 5 and 9 inches,” said Patrick Murphy, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Northern Indiana. “It’ll be pretty widespread. The primary access of heaviest snow is expected to be probably on either side of U.S. 30.”

Both meteorologists say the storm should completely move out by Monday morning. They say heavy and wet snow can bring hazards.

“If that snow collects on the trees and doesn’t fall off in rather short order, you could be looking at some tree damage which could also cause some power outages. You’d also be looking at travel difficulties. There will be slick roads that people need to watch out for,” said Petit.

Murphy agreed with both of those points and added something else.

“This heavy wet snow also means snow removal won’t be easy,” said Murphy.

The American Heart Association encourages Hoosiers to protect their hearts while shoveling snow and to seek immediate treatment if they experience any signs or symptoms of a heart attack.

Murphy said skies will begin to clear Monday.

“It will be fairly quiet for a few days then there will be a system moving in later in the week. That system won’t be as strong,” said Murphy.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Saturday evening through Sunday evening for much of central and all of northern Indiana.