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NWS backs off lake effect forecast here for tonight

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The roads in Chesterton were in pretty good shape for the morning commute today, following an overnight snowfall of around three inches.

And at deadline today, the National Weather Service (NWS) had walked back Sunday’s forecast for lake-effect snow late tonight.

Chesterton Street Commissioner John Schnadenberg told the Chesterton Tribune this morning that a crew was called out at 1:30 a.m. and was later joined, at 6:30 a.m., by a second crew, making a total of 12 trucks out and about at 8 a.m.

“The timing worked out pretty well,” Schnadenberg said.

The NWS, meanwhile, had been predicting possibly heavy lake-effect snow tonight into Tuesday but at 11 a.m. only a winter-weather advisory remained in effect--until 1 p.m.--for Porter County. “Light snow will continue through the morning before tapering to flurries,” the NWS said. “An inch or less of additional accumulations.”

A lake-effect snow warning did, however, remain in effect for Chicago, the North Suburbs, and extreme southeastern Wisconsin.

Should a lake-effect storm slam into Porter County anyway, Schnadenberg said, one of his crews will be “well-rested” and ready to hit the streets.



Posted 3/13/2017




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