Ice and snow forced Indiana State Police to close a more than 15-mile stretch of Interstate 94 in both directions Monday night from the Melton Road exit in Porter County to the U.S. 35 exit on the east side of Michigan City.
State Trooper Justin Nesius said there were too many vehicle accidents to count, and I-94 was closed because "it's all a sheet of ice." Nesius couldn't say when the stretch would reopen. Michigan City police couldn't say if vehicles going east after the U.S. 35 exit could head into Michigan.
The LaPorte County Sheriff's Department said there was a high volume of weather-related accidents on roadways, although the exact locations and other details weren't available. The Porter County Sheriff's Department also responded to multiple accidents involving vehicles and semitrailers on county roads.
Meteorologist Gino Izzi of the National Weather Service in Romeoville, Ill., said LaPorte County and east Porter County saw "some pretty good snow showers" Monday night. Izzi said the National Weather Service expects the heaviest snow to hit Porter County between midnight and midday today, and LaPorte County could see up to a foot of snow by this afternoon.
The Lake County Sheriff's Department said they were not aware of any weather-related accidents on county roads.