Forecasters say the lake-effect snow predicted for Porter County will not be as bad as originally thought, but are warning that the conditions may still impact holiday travel.
The lake-effect snow watch issued Tuesday for Porter County was downgraded early Wednesday morning to a lake-effect snow advisory, which expires at 3 p.m. The National Weather Service said lake-effect snow showers are expected Wednesday morning with brief periods of moderate snowfall possible.
Snowfall rates could be half an inch to 1 inch per hour at times. Forecasters originally predicted as much a 6 inches of snow for Porter County but said early Wednesday those totals will likely be between 2 and 4 inches in far eastern portions of the county.
Wind gusts of more than 30 mph could reduce visibility to less than 1 mile at times, making holiday travel difficult on Interstates 80 and 94, the Indiana Toll Road, U.S. 6 and U.S. 30.
Porter County Sheriff's police dispatchers said early Wednesday they did not have any weather-related crashes before 5 a.m.
Indiana State Police said snow was falling on Interstate 94 in Porter and LaPorte counties but no serious weather-related crashes were reported.
The Indiana Toll Road activated the winter trailer ban for double and triple trailers due to the forecast. That ban is set to expire at 7 p.m.
Forecasters are sticking by their original prediction for more than a foot of lake-effect snow in Berrien County, Mich. and between 7 and 12 inches in LaPorte County. The lake-effect snow warning there expires at 12 a.m. Thursday.
LaPorte County Sheriff's police said the roads in the eastern portion of the county were icy and slick early Wednesday and were urging motorists to watch their speed. Police there reported several slide-offs and spin-outs, with vehicles in ditches. Only one minor injury crash was reported.
As of 7:45 a.m., Valparaiso reported just a trace to a half an inch of snow and LaPorte County reported half an inch to 1.3 inches. Most of Berrien County, Mich. had less than an inch of snow as well while portions of St. Joseph County near South Bend had between 3 and 6 inches of snow.