Relief is in sight for Northwest Indiana residents as they enter the third consecutive day of frigid temperatures.
Lake, Porter and Cook counties are scheduled to remain under a wind chill advisory until 9 a.m. Wednesday with the threat of wind chills of 15 to 25 degrees below zero. LaPorte County's wind chill advisory is expected to end at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
Temperatures will gradually rise Wednesday, with an expected high of 18 degrees and a low of 15 degrees. Thursday will see a high of 28 degrees and a low of 15 degrees with a wind chill of 1 degree below zero.
Gino Izzy, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said there is a possibility of light snowfall Thursday. He said there is a chance of more snow that could lead to accumulation Friday night into Saturday morning.
Though spring is more than two months away, this winter is already being described as one of the snowiest and coldest. The Chicago area has shoveled 47.3 inches of snow from Dec. 8 to Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
As of Sunday, this winter was ranked as the 13th coldest winter with an average of 20.3 degrees, according to the weather service. This January was also ranked the fourth snowiest January with 33.1 inches of snow.
Officials on Tuesday continued to ask residents to stay off the roads. Northwest Indiana remained under a travel watch as of Tuesday afternoon, which discouraged all nonessential travel.
Indiana State Police for the Toll Road said the bitter cold continued to cause scattered problems with black ice for the length of the road.
Indiana State Police in Lowell said road conditions were improving by Tuesday afternoon.
INDOT's Facebook page said crews worked throughout Monday night to clear and treat roads. Blowing and drifting snow created snow-covered roads in Newton and Jasper counties, with snow covering the roads soon after INDOT plows pass through. INDOT representatives said north/south rural roads were the most problematic.
Indiana State Police and INDOT continued to urge drivers to reduce speeds, allow extra time to arrive at their destinations and drive with a full tank of gas, a fully charged cellphone and a cellphone charger.
Illinois State Police urged drivers to be prepared for black ice, especially on ramps and bridges.
South Shore and Metra commuters should expect service delays throughout the week because of the cold as well, representatives from both commuter rail lines said.
For information about school closures and delays, visit www.nwi.com/closings.