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Many Indiana counties remain under travel watch advisories

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Starke County remains under a Travel Warning as of 5:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

Kosciusko, Starke and Marshall Counties were under travel warnings on Wednesday. All have since lowered their conditions to Travel Watches to coincide with the rest of Northern Indiana.

Under a travel watch, residents are discouraged from non-essential travel, but are allowed to drive freely.  A warning restricts travel to emergency personnel only.

Dan Dilts, the Manager of The Trading Post in Plymouth, said before the storm, "I don't like it but there's nothing we can do about the weather."

He says the barrage of winter storms this year has been bad on the bottom line.  "It's really affected business, it's slowed it down.  People tend to stay home and don't want to get outside in this cold weather."

Even if people wanted to get out, it hasn't been easy to do so.  Numerous winter storms have also meant numerous travel warnings.  That means you can't be on the roads unless absolutely necessary.

This time around Marshall County told people a travel warning was coming a day ahead of the storm.  Marshall County Sheriff Thomas Chamberlin said they did that because they "wanted to get the retail and the manufacturers and the school corporations prepared for the weather that has been forecasted by the national weather service."

Chamberlin said they wanted people off the roads before the storm got bad.  "That's the biggest problem we had last time.  [We] probably had 20 abandoned vehicles out on the county roads at one time."

That makes it difficult for plows to clear the road, when Chamberlin said they've already got it hard enough.  "With the current snow we have out there piled on the roads it's going to be an even tougher time for the county highways and sate highway departments to move the snow back."  So Sheriff Chamberlin says please heed the travel warnings. 

As for Dilts at The Trading Post, he's hoping the snow and travel restrictions all come to an end soon.  "I can't wait for Spring to get here."

Sheriff Chamberlin said the travel warning will be re-evaluated Wednesday.  At that point they'll decide if they want to keep the warning or drop it down to just a watch or advisory.

For a complete list of current travel advisories follow this link to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

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