(Tribune News Service) — An estimated 150 members of the Indiana National Guard have been called in to assist state and local authorities in their response to the potentially severe winter storm predicted to move into the state Thursday.

Operating under the guidance of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, citizen-soldiers will stand ready in northern parts of the state, as well as form highway assistance teams to help stranded motorists, Media Relations Manager Master Sgt. Jeff Lowry said.

"Nearly 30 highway teams will patrol Hoosier highways in the northern part of the state to assist with stranded motorists and recovery efforts," he said.

The National Guard members will be based in armories in Gary, South Bend, Fort Wayne, Kokomo, Muncie and Lafayette.

"The Indiana National Guard remains always ready, always there as a relevant and reliable community-based, military, first-response organization," Lowry said.

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