Region readies for freezing rain, rising temps

2014-01-09T20:50:00Z 2014-01-09T22:37:23Z Region readies for freezing rain, rising tempsTimes Staff nwitimes.com
January 09, 2014 8:50 pm  • 

Road conditions improved Thursday as the region prepared for freezing rain Friday morning followed by rising temperatures.

Indiana State Police for the Lowell District said Interstates 80, 94 and 65 were clear and traffic was moving smoothly Thursday, four days after a blizzard and bitter cold brought much of the region to a halt. Indiana State Police for the Toll Road reported similar conditions.

Matt Deitchley, spokesman for the Indiana Department of Transportation, said motorists should still be alert and prepared for slick, slushy spots on some roadways.

County and municipal police said roads were clear in their jurisdictions as well.

South Shore commuter trains were still seeing some delays, but far fewer than earlier in the week.

Though road conditions improved Thursday, the area isn't exactly in the clear.

A hazardous outlook was issued Thursday for Lake County, Porter County, Newton County and Jasper County in Indiana and Cook County in Illinois. The National Weather Service warned of freezing rain Friday morning, but temperatures were expected to gradually increase throughout the day.

The area will get a break from the brutal temperatures. Friday's expected high is 40 degrees with a low of 33 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures will dip to a high of 38 degrees Saturday and a low of 25 degrees. 

Friday's rain on top of the snow and ice on the ground could create ice-jam flooding. The National Weather Service also warned of the possibility of rising rivers and creeks during the weekend.  

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