Courtesy / Indiana Department of Homeland Security

Despite another day of subzero temperatures and bitingly cold wind chill readings reaching between -20 and -40 degrees, several Northeast Indiana counties have downgraded their travel advisories from "warning" to "watch." 

As of 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, authorities in Allen, Dekalb, Huntington, Noble, and Steuben counties had downgraded their county travel statuses to watches, indicating roads were still potentially hazardous, but safe enough for essential travel needs, like getting to and from work.

Indiana emergency response teams are heading to the East Coast to help states deal with Hurricane Sandy and an overlapping severe weather system.

A total of 107 Hoosiers and 44 vehicles – including 24 ambulances – will assist in New York, New Jersey and Maryland.  State Department of Homeland Security director Joe Wainscott says Indiana began receiving requests for help Saturday.  One of the units is already in Maryland; the others will arrive on the East Coast soon. 

Wainscott says the bulk of the personnel are EMS providers.