No break from bitter wind chills, snow

2014-02-06T12:21:00Z 2014-02-07T05:53:05Z No break from bitter wind chills, snowTimes Staff nwitimes.com
February 06, 2014 12:21 pm  • 

Northwest Indiana just can't catch a break from the dreadful winter.

Lake, Porter, LaPorte Jasper, Newton and Cook counties are expected to remain under a wind chill advisory until 11 a.m. Friday. Residents will feel wind chills dip to 20 to 30 degrees below zero.

Snow is expected to return to the area Saturday. Richard Castro, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said the area is expected to get 1 to 4 inches of snow with the majority of snow falling in Lake and Porter counties. 

Temperatures will gradually increase to 21 degrees Saturday with a low of 9 degrees. However, wind chill values will remain below zero and are expected dip to 14 degrees below zero. 

By Sunday night, wind chills again will dip to as low as 20 degrees below zero until Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service. 

Below-zero wind chills continued to cause problems on the road Thursday. 

Local police throughout the region reported ice-covered roads, slide-off and spin-out accidents. U.S. 30 was particularly problematic in parts of Merrillville near the intersections of Randolph Street and Grand Boulevard. Police reported slick conditions on rural roads as well. 

Black ice was blamed for a multivehicle crash that resulted in serious injuries. Indiana State Police said the crash happened at 4:45 a.m. at the 8.4 mile marker just before Grant Street. 

The crash closed all lanes for about an hour.

Black ice was a problem on the road near the accident scene, police said. The wind chill in Gary at the time of the crash was 3 below zero.

Indiana State Police said troopers responded to 53 property damage crashes between Tuesday and Wednesday. Troopers also responded to three crashes resulting in injuries, 57 slide-off crashes and assisted 29 motorists.

State police said most interstates are clear but ramps and the shoulder of the roads remain snow covered and icy. Troopers warn motorists to use caution and slow down.

For information on school delays and closures, visit www.nwi.com/closings for a full listing. 

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