As of 10:30 p.m. Tuesday the snowstorm which dumped 10 inches or more of
snow on Northwest Indiana had moved out of the Indiana Department of
Transportation’s (INDOT) LaPorte District.
State roads were improving but hard-pack snow along with blowing and
drifting snow were creating a challenge for plow/salt truck drivers, INDOT
said late this morning. All of the district’s 170-plus plows remained on the
roads. Many state roads were in fair condition, but a good number in more
rural areas were still in difficult condition.
To the west, Intestates were “cleaning up nicely,” with most of I-94 and
I-65 clear with wet pavement. But drivers were still being urged to reduce
their speed due to the high traffic volumes. Also in the Lake, Porter, and
Jasper County areas many of the previously cleared east/west state roads are
covering again due to blowing and drifting snow.
Conditions on all state roads were expected “to dramatically improve by the
evening commute hours,” INDOT said.
But slick spots will likely remain throughout as plows battle re-icing, and
hard pack ice and snow
“INDOT plow/salt trucks will remain in full call-out mode until all state
roads are clear, but it takes time and multiple passes by plows for each
stretch of road in conditions like these,” INDOT said.
“Drivers should expect to slow down and plan extra time to get to their