Winter Weather

Nature has created natural ice sculptures along the breakwall at the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk.

John J. Watkins, The Times

Main roads were clear of snow Wednesday morning, but temperatures at or near zero and wind chills ranging from 15 to 20 degrees below zero gripped much of Northwest Indiana.

High temperatures Wednesday were expected to rise into the low 20s, with wind chill values as low as minus 11, according to the National Weather Service.

A warming trend was expected Thursday and Friday, with highs rising into the 30s and low 40s. Forecasters predicted a chance of rain Saturday night and Sunday.

Many residents in Northwest Indiana still were digging out from Tuesday's lake-effect snow.

In Porter County, about 8 inches of new snow was reported early Wednesday in Porter and Portage, while just 1.9 inches was reported in Hebron. In Valparaiso, 2.5 to 4.7 inches of new snow was reported, leading to total snow accumulation of 5 and 6 inches, according to the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network website.

In LaPorte County, 4.5 to 6.2 inches of new snow was reported in LaPorte; 6 inches was reported in Trail Creek; and 8.2 inches was reported in Hanna. Total accumulation was 8.5 and 10 to 11 inches in Trail Creek and LaPorte, respectively.

In Lake County, less than an inch of new snow was reported in St. John, while 2.5 inches was reported in Gary. Total accumulation ranged from 3.5 to 5 inches.

Some schools in Porter and LaPorte counties were experiencing delays and cancellations.

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