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Jonathan Miano, The Times

The first snowfall of the season in Northwest Indiana on Sunday came with power outages that were lingering into Monday morning.

About 860 NIPSCO customers in Gary remained without power as of 10:25 a.m. Monday, according to the NIPSCO website.

In Portage, 244 customers were still without electricity as of 10:25 a.m. Griffith had 69 customers without power.

NIPSCO spokesman Larry Graham said about 20,000 customers were without electricity on Sunday night. The number was down to about 1,200 across the Region on Monday morning.

Graham said Gary and Portage were the worst hit and all available crews are working to restore power.

He said tree limbs weighed down with the wet snow falling on power lines were the primary issue, but there were also several utility poles hit by cars that slid off the slick roads.

Graham said customers in Portage and Gary should have their power restored by late Monday afternoon or early Monday night.

The season's first snowfall brought between 4 to 6 inches of snow in the Region.

Merrillville recorded 5.9 inches of snow. Valparaiso reported 4.6 inches and LaPorte recorded 4.3 inches.

The National Weather Service is reporting areas of fog before noon in Northwest Indiana. Otherwise, it will be cloudy, with a high near 34. Southwest winds are blowing 5 to 10 mph, and will later shift south and southeast in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.

Check back at nwi.com for updates.

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