More Snow On The Way Later Today
January 5, 2015 — Lakeshore Public Media Staff —
Highway snow plow crews have been out since the weekend rain turned to ice and then snow. Main streets in communities and major highways are still slippery in spots but country roads and side streets may be snowy and slick. INDOT spokesman Will Wingfield says plow trucks have been out around the clock with alternating 12- to 16-hour shifts.
INDOT’s reporting most major roads in Lake and southern Porter Counties are in fair condition — but driving conditions in northern Porter County and in LaPorte County are listed as”difficult” this morning.
There were many accidents and slide-offs reported yesterday. At one point, Indiana State Police were overwhelmed with accident report calls and asked motorists to avoid I- 65, I-80-94 and the Indiana Toll Road.
Snowfall amounts in Lake and Porter Counties from yesterday average about two and a half inches, with three inches reported in Valparaiso.
More snow is forecast for tonight into tomorrow morning. The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for all of northwest Indiana from 6 p-m until 6 a-m tomorrow for up to 5 inches of snow. Forecasters say the dry snow may blow and drift on open highways, and untreated roads may become slick. Visibility may also be reduced at times while the snow falls.