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I65 reopens in Southern Indiana while I80/94 at standstill in Lake County

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SEYMOUR, Ind. (AP) — State police say a 60-mile stretch of Interstate 65 is open again in southern Indiana, but say some counties along the corridor have declared travel watches or warnings.

Meanwhile, in northern Indiana, state police say I-80/94 in Lake County is at a standstill because a band of lake effect snow has dropped nearly a foot of snow.

The state Department of Homeland Security reports Scott County in southeastern Indiana has issued the highest level of local travel advisory, asking people to refrain from travel. Fifteen other counties are under travel watches, meaning conditions are threatening to public safety and only essential travel, such as to and from work, is recommended.

Thirty-one counties are under travel advisories, meaning travel or activities may be restricted in areas because of hazardous situations.


ISP Snow hammers Lake County traffic at standstill’

While the sun shined brightly in Porter County this morning, Lake County was getting hammered by lake-effect snow.

At mid-morning traffic on I-80/94 in Lake County was “at a standstill due to a band of snow that has stalled over this area,” the Indiana State Police said.

The hardest hits area, Burr Street and Cline Ave., had received between eight and 10 inches of snow, police said.

“This is a slow moving band of snow with whiteout conditions at times,” police added. “INDOT is continuing to plow this area but cannot keep up with the amount of snow that is falling in addition to the blowing and drifting that is also happening. INDOT is sending payloaders to this area to alleviate the buildup of snow that has accumulated.”

The ISP was urging motorists to seek alternate routes or to cancel trips altogether, with “major backups” being experienced by motorists attempting to get from I-65 to westbound I-80/94.

“Expect long delays and please be patient,” police said. “Please make room for INDOT vehicles and our troopers to get to this area to assist people and get the road open.”


Posted 1/21/2014