Old Man Weather appears to have given Duneland a pass this time, as the
season’s first hyped storm came a cropper.
“We dodged a bullet,” Chesterton Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg told
the Chesterton Tribune today. “We were anticipating lake-effect snow.
We had all of the trucks loaded. The plow drivers went home early Thursday
afternoon to take a nap. And then, pretty much nothing.”
The loop hole in the weatherman’s forecast: the temperature, which stayed
above freezing well into the early morning hours. “I think the moisture
moved out of our area before the temperature dropped to 32 degrees. That’s
ultimately what saved us.”
“I couldn’t sleep last night,” Schnadenberg added. “I kept waking up
expecting to get a call. And the call never came.”
At 6:30 a.m., crews did make a swing through town and found a few isolated
intersections slick enough to need salt, Schnadenberg noted. But the biggest
problem was the high winds, which were toppling the 96-gallon rollaway
garbage cans on today’s collection route.
At 9:30 a.m. the Northern Indiana Public Service Company was reporting a
total of 3,960 outages across its service territory.
Comparatively few of them, however, were in Porter County: 35 reported in
Chesterton, one in Beverly Shores, 17 in Valparaiso, 680 in Westville.
At 4:15 a.m. INDOT's LaPorte District was starting to see some snow
accumulation on the roads but the biggest concern was the high winds, which
were causing whiteout conditions with little warning.
INDOT put on the road a “full contingent” of 170 trucks, whose drivers were
reporting slushy conditions with some slick spots, especially on bridges,
overpasses, and ramps. But the ground across the district was warm enough to
keep the icing of roads to a minimum.
Lake County saw the most accumulation of snow, with I-80/94 in “fair”
condition with some slick spots on ramps for the morning rush hour.
The South Bend and Plymouth areas were experiencing slushy roads and high
winds, resulting in scattered trees and branches down, as well as some power
INDOT reminded motorists that, in the event of a power outage, intersections
without functioning traffic signals should be treated as four-way stops.
INDOT also reminded motorists who encounter plows to slow down, brake early,
and exercise safe winter driving skills while giving plows plenty of room to
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