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Lights were beginning to come back on Monday morning across Northwest Indiana, as drivers found last night's wintry mix had become a wintry mess. 

Power was restored for more than 4,000 NIPSCO customers in the Valparaiso area by 9:30 a.m. after several hours in the dark, the utility's outage map showed.

The outage was caused by an equipment failure, and restoration was delayed because the equipment was in a not-so-easy to reach location on a golf course, NIPSCO spokeswoman Denise Rodriguez said.

Just more than 80 power outages remained in Hammond as of 9:30 a.m., the outage map showed.

Outages also were reported throughout Monday morning in Gary, Portage and Hobart. Rodriguez said the cause of those outages varied, from a pole fire to equipment issues and the weather.

Outage numbers were expected to decrease throughout the morning, she said.

About 350 Kankakee Valley REMC customers in the Morgan Township area experienced a power outage early Monday because of equipment issues, but power had been restored as of 8:30 a.m., spokeswoman Amanda Steeb said. 

The power outages affected traffic lights along U.S. 30 through Porter County.

Valparaiso Community Schools and Union Township Schools were on a two-hour delay because of a widespread power outage affecting several schools. The Tri-Creek School Corp. announced a two-hour delay because of the weather. For a full list of school delays, click here

Snowplows were busy along U.S. 30 early Monday, clearing the slushy snow from the highway and parking lots.

The National Weather Service said precipitation in Lake and Porter counties had ended as of 7 a.m., but roads could still be icy. Drivers should slow down and use caution, forecasters said.

Skies cleared late Monday morning, giving way to a winter warm-up. Temperatures could rise into the mid-30s Monday and the mid-40s by Wednesday, the weather service said.

There was a chancy of patchty fog Monday night, and localized ice jam flooding on local rivers was possible.

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