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Winter comes early to Duneland

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The temperature in Chesterton at 8 a.m. today: 17 degrees.

The record local low for Nov. 12, according to Accuweather: 14 degrees, set in 1920.

The forecast low for today: 11 degrees.

So begins winter in Duneland.

How much snow fell on Monday? “It’s hard to say, it was blowing so much,” Chesterton Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg told the Chesterton Tribune today. “I would think we got at least 3 inches.”

Blame the gusty winds and blowing snow for today’s two-hour delay of the start of the Duneland Schools. At 5:45 a.m. parents were greeted with calls and e-mails announcing the delay “due to inclement road conditions.”

The roads in Chesterton were, for the most part, in decent condition for the morning commute, although those bordering open fields without wind breaks--along 1050N and 1100N--were partially snow-covered. “It was a challenge to keep up with it,” Schnadenberg said of his plow drivers. “The wind and blowing snow are what kept them slick. Anything in the open, you can put the salt down, but when you’ve got the wind and it blows all night long, there’s not much you can do.”

Meanwhile, Schnadenberg said that the Street Department’s leaf program has been temporarily suspended--“until we can see them,” that is.

Temperatures are predicted to rise to thaw levels later this week, with a high of 36 on Thursday, 37 on Friday, 35 on Saturday, and 40 on Sunday.

Chesterton Fire Chief John Jarka, for his part, reported numerous minor weather-related accidents on Monday and one serious one on I-94.

Record low temps, single digits in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois cities are experiencing record-breaking cold.

The National Weather Service in Chicago says record low temperatures were set Tuesday morning at both Chicago and Rockford.

It says Chicago had a low of 7 degrees, which breaks the previous record of 8 set in 1986. It says Rockford had a low of 3 degrees, which breaks the previous record of 7, also set in 1986.

The weather service says an “arctic airmass” that started in Siberia has been spilling over a large part of the Midwest. It says more records could tumble Wednesday.

Indianapolis hits record low of 8

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A blast of arctic cold has set a record low of 8 degrees in Indianapolis, giving Indiana’s capital its earliest recorded fall temperature in the single digits.

The National Weather Service said Tuesday’s record is the coldest temperature recorded in Indianapolis so early in the fall. The closest similar reading was 11 degrees recorded on Nov. 3, 1951.

Indianapolis’ 8-degree reading is also its earliest recorded single-digit autumn reading. Previously, the city’s earliest single-digit fall temperature was 4 degrees recorded on Nov. 22, 1959.

The arctic cold was producing heavy lake effect snow along Lake Michigan, dumping heavy snow on parts of northern Indiana. The highest snowfall total as of Tuesday morning was 10.6 inches near the city of Goshen.



Posted 11/12/2019




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