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Region’s Sheriffs’ Departments Preparing for Winter Storm

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January 3, 2014 by Jerry Howard

A winter storm weekend fills the weather forecast for the Region as stiff winds and additional snowfall arrive.  Greater Chicago is under at least one watch or advisory, with more snow expected through the weekend.

As the winter storm approaches county sheriffs’ departments in the Region are preparing for the blizzard-like conditions to challenge public safety in their counties.

Lakeshore News spoke with Lake County Sheriff’s Department Commander Guy Mikulich, who said that varying information about the arrival of the wind means his officers must be ready at any time for treacherous winter conditions.

As law enforcement officers prepare for the overnight storm Porter County seems to be a target area for both wind and more snow.  Porter County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Larry LaFlower says the county’s rural areas present the most likely risk areas for blowing and drifting snow.

The National Weather Service included Rensselaer and Jasper County in the storm advisory tonight, and County Sheriff Terry Risner has been working today to prepare for the wind and the cold.  He says he has four emergency warming centers ready for residents, while bracing for more impact of a longer winter storm.

While the National Weather Service advisory about blizzard-like blowing snow tonight does not include LaPorte County, a Weather Service winter storm watch is focusing on heavy snow tomorrow and Sunday that could bring up to 12 inches of snow to the county.  LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office Major John Boyd says his county’s preparation for this weekend’s winter storm started well in advance for the county with varied geographies that present public safety challenges with this sort of winter storm.



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