Forecasters were calling for another round of snow overnight — setting up the potential for a second day of dangerous commutes across the Region on Wednesday.
Lake, Porter, Newton and Jasper counties were expected to receive 1 to 3 inches of snow through 6 a.m. Wednesday — on top of the snowfall accumulated earlier in the week.
“While most of the snow will be done before the morning commute, the late end of the snow will likely leave some areas untreated, and will lead to a slower and likely slippery morning commute in spots on Wednesday,” according to the National Weather Service.
The development of lake effect snow on Wednesday across Lake and Porter counties is not out of the question, forecasters said.
“There is still some uncertainty how long-lived this will be,” the weather service said.
The weather service is predicting a 40 percent chance of snow before noon Wednesday with wind gusts as high as 15 miles per hour. Temperatures will dip overnight with wind chill values as low as minus 8 degrees.
Chances for snow will increase heading into Thursday and Friday, according to NWS. Thursday will be mostly cloudy with a high near 24 and a 40 percent chance of snow after noon. Snow will be likely after midnight.
More than 3 inches of snow accumulation is expected Friday.
State police respond to nearly 90 crashes
Snowfall Monday night resulted in slick roads during Tuesday morning's commute.
From early Monday through Tuesday morning, Indiana State Police responded to more than 88 crashes on Interstates 65 and 80/94 as slick conditions slowed traffic on Region interstates.
Some of the crashes resulted in long delays Tuesday for morning commuters. Police said minor injuries were reported in 13 of the crashes, and the remaining 75 resulted in property damage.
Troopers also responded to 29 calls for assistance, which included slide-offs where no crash report was needed, vehicles with flat tires, and vehicles that ran out of fuel or had mechanical issues.
Police said Indiana Department of Transportation plows would continue to salt roads and remove snow, but asked drivers to watch out for plows. Drivers also should slow down and move over for approaching emergency vehicles.
As of 7 a.m. Tuesday, southern Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties had received 1 to 2 inches of snow in a 24-hour period, while northern Newton County and much of Jasper County received 2 to 3 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
Northern Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties received less than an inch of new snow between early Monday and early Tuesday.