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Winter Storm Warning tonight and Saturday

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By Tribune Staff and The Associated Press

The National 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.

Forecasters say 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 mph.

Bitterly cold air is expected in the storm’s aftermath.

State Police towing abandoned vehicles off interstates ahead of winter storm

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

For current county travel advisories, please visitÊ

County snow parking ban in effect

The Porter County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the residents of unincorporated areas of the county’s “Parking After Snowfall” ordinance.

Under that ordinance, vehicles must be removed from the roadway when forecasts call for two or more inches of snowfall.

Failure to move your vehicle could result in its being towed at your expense plus a fine of $50.

Removing vehicles from the roadway makes it easier, safer, and more efficient for the Highway Department’s plow operators to do their job. It also widens the roadway for emergency vehicles and maximizes access to your house or your neighbor’s in the event of a true emergency.

Please refer to for information on the “Parking After Snowfall” ordinance.


Posted 1/18/2019




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