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Michiana prepares for winter storm

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Did the grocery store seem a little busier than usual for a Monday?

If you were stopping in to pick up some necessities you weren't alone.

Shopper Cathy Stahl says, "It's very busy."

"Lines are long, running out of some stuff." says shopper Janee Fredrickson.

It's time to pick up the essentials, before Mother Nature let's loose.

"I hear there's a big storm coming. I'm hoping not, but you can never be too prepared," says Fredrickson.

Shoppers aren't the only ones getting ready, so are school districts.

"We always make a decision in the best interest of safety for our students," says Dr. Jerry Thacker, Superintendent of Penn-Harris-Madison school district.

Thacker says the district keeps a close eye on the radar and sends out crews around 3am to see how bad the roads are before deciding to cancel or delay school.

Thacker says Michiana is particularly tricky as the weather changes quickly. That's expected to be the case Tuesday.

"It's our understanding that the weather is going to be good so the students can arrive safely. And as we monitor the radar, we'll make a determination on what would occur for the next day," says Thacker.

Thacker says because of the changing weather, the district tries to wait as long as possible to make a decision because they want parents to be able to send their kids to school.

"We'd love to have everyone here every day and we want them to arrive at school in a safe manner," says Thacker.

As long as the roads are in good condition, that will happen.
INDOT says crews are ready to go.

"We've got people prepared so that we can do a full call-out if we need to. We're going over the trucks doing inspections making sure that everything is working right. We've got a barn full of salt and we're just, we're ready," says Mary Foster with the Indiana Department of Transportation.

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