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FORT WAYNE, Ind. ( --- Winter has let us know it's here in Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio with heavy snow in places and a shot of bone-chilling winds and cold air some thirty degrees below normal. Even though winter doesn't officially start until December 21st. This week's cold chill and snow caught many of us by surprise - with a lightning quick transition from mild fall weather right into to the bleak of winter. Will this winter be filled with a repeat of last year's cold and heavy snows? It was one of the worst of our lifetime! At 21Alive, our team of forecasters are ready for the worst --and ready to keep you, your family, home and car, and your pets safe this winter. With our exclusive Pinpoint VIPIR HD and Omni, we're tracking the weather with cutting edge digital technology on air on 21Alive, online at and in mobile, that helps you understand why the weather is the way it is, how long it will last, and how to make through the winter in great shape. "Curtis Smith's Winter Weather Outlook" is a half-hour special program produced to help you deal with the winter weather. Everything from the winter outlook, prepping your house, getting text alerts before the worst of weather threatens, school delays and closing alerts, to weather fact and lore. We've put it on for you and your family to watch. Take a moment and check it out. Then be prepared - and stay with 21Alive for the most accurate and useful forecasts in the region --- all the way to spring!