Weather Service (NWS) in Chicago has issued a winter storm warning effective
7 p.m. tonight through 12 p.m. Saturday.
Heavy snow is
expected, with total accumulations of three to seven inches and winds
gusting 30 to 35 miles per hour, in portions of Northwest and Central
Indiana, Northeast and North Central Illinois.
Travel could be
very difficult. Strong winds will result in blowing and drifting snow and
could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact
the evening commute.
“A Winter Storm
Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions will make travel
very hazardous or impossible,” NWS said. “If you must travel, keep an extra
flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.”
Four to 6 inches of
snow was forecast to fall over Indiana’s northern half, with heavier amounts
in the northwestern counties.
blowing and drifting snow will reduce visibilities.
A section of
central and south-central Indiana that includes Indianapolis was expected to
get 2 to 4 inches of snow and up to .2 inches of ice.
One to 2 inches of
snow and a light icing was expected across southern Indiana.
Forecasters say the
storm is expected to begin Friday afternoon in the Chicago area, bringing as
many as 9 inches of snow before intensifying and reaching New York.
The weather service
says conditions in New England “could approach blizzard criteria.” Snow
totals of 16 inches to 17 inches are forecast in parts of Massachusetts and
Maine. Wind gusts in the Chicago area are expected to reach 30 mph to 35
Bitterly cold air
is expected in the storm’s aftermath.
The Indiana State
Police in Lowell has begun clearing abandoned vehicles from I-65 and I-80/94
in advance of the approaching weather system forecast for this weekend.
Contrary to the
usual practice of tagging abandoned vehicles for two hours on I-80/94 and
I-65 or 24 or 72 hours for abandoned vehicles in other areas, all
abandoned vehicles, regardless of allotted time, will be towed. These
vehicles will be towed to reduce the risk to other drivers and to allow snow
removal equipment to safely clear the roadways.
All major highway
systems in the seven-county Lowell District will be given priority. If your
vehicle is towed from one of these locations contact the Lowell Post at
(219) 696-6242 for assistance with locating it.
Please prepare now
for the inclement weather that is forecasted. Have a full tank of gas, fill
your windshield wiper fluid, and be equipped with blankets, ice scraper,
water, and a fully charged cell phone. Clean your car/headlights/taillights
of snow/ice. If you don’t need to make a trip postpone it.
If you need to make
a trip allow extra time to get to your destination, reduce your speed, and
leave an appropriate amount of space between yourself and other motorists.
For road and weather conditions, contact INDOT Road Conditions at (800)
261-7623 or visit