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
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.”
Schnadenberg said that the Street Department’s leaf program has been
temporarily suspended--“until we can see them,” that is.
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.
Chief John Jarka, for his part, reported numerous minor weather-related
accidents on Monday and one serious one on I-94.
CHICAGO (AP) -
Illinois cities are experiencing record-breaking cold.
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 (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
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.
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.