Lake-effect snow could hamper Thanksgiving travel plans in the region, with more than 6 inches of accumulation possible in Porter County and up to a foot expected in LaPorte County.
The National Weather Service is warning Tuesday of potentially dangerous driving conditions on Interstates 80/94, the Indiana Toll Road, U.S. 6 and U.S. 30. Strong winds could cause blowing and drifting snow. Drifting coupled with heavy snowfall rates could create hazardous conditions on roads.
The National Weather Service issued a lake-effect snow warning for Porter County and LaPorte County that is expected to last until 11 p.m. Wednesday.
The northeast part of Jasper County is expected to also receive 4 inches to 6 inches in snow, according to the National Weather Service. Lake County is not expected to get as much snow, but meteorologists warn of gusty winds that a toll on holiday travelers.
The snow is expected to develop Tuesday afternoon in Porter County and increase in intensity overnight, with snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour possible. The snow is expected to taper off by midday Wednesday.
In LaPorte and Porter counties, the snow is expected to begin falling late Tuesday night and continue into late Wednesday night. Snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour also are possible there.
Lake and Jasper counties are not under any lake-effect snow watches or warnings, but the National Weather Service issued a special weather statement for those counties warning subtle changes in winds off Lake Michigan could shift the snow bands farther south and west, Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning, causing accumulating snow.
The National Weather Service said if people must travel on the roads they should use precaution. Motorists should keep a flashlight, food and water in their car as a precaution.