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Monday's snow dusting leads to crashes; 6 inches of lake effect forecast

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Dunelanders got their season’s first taste of winter driving on Monday evening, with at least six crashes reported to the Chesterton Police Department.

Meanwhile, worse is apparently in store, with the National Weather Service’s issuing a lake-effect snow watch for Porter County, in effect from late tonight through Wednesday afternoon.

Possible snow accumulations are being forecast in excess of six inches, with blowing snow likely, thanks to wind gusts of 35 miles per hour or stronger.

Driving conditions were diabolical enough on Monday, CPD Lt. Dave Lohse told the Chesterton Tribune today. Lohse himself drove from Valparaiso to Chesterton, around 6:30 p.m., and said that speeds on Ind. 49 had been reduced to 10 miles per hour in both directions, thanks to black ice.

At least six crashes or slide-offs were reported on Monday:

* In the parking lot of Jewel/Osco at 5:33 p.m.

* At Chesterton Middle School at 5:43 p.m.

* At Indian Boundary Road and Ind. 49 at 5:58 p.m.

* In the same area at 6:16 p.m.

* At 1100N and Fifth Street at 6:24 p.m.

* And at 1050N and 200W at 8:07 p.m.

As Police Chief Dave Cincoski noted at Monday night’s of the Town Council meeting, “When the weather changes, so should driving habits.”

“There’s a lot of things to consider when driving in inclement weather,” Cincoski added, including speed, following distance, and time to destination.

Cincoski also warned folks not to rely on four-wheel drive or electronic safety systems.



Posted 11/26/2013