Mother Nature not letting up yet

2014-03-01T19:00:00Z 2014-03-01T22:48:13Z Mother Nature not letting up yetMatt Mikus matt.mikus@nwi.com, (219) 933-3241 nwitimes.com
March 01, 2014 7:00 pm  • 

After enduring the third snowiest meteorological winter on record, region residents hunkered down Saturday for yet another snowstorm.

The storm was expected to hit Northwest Indiana starting late Saturday, with predictions of 2 to 4 inches of snow for the north end of Lake County and 4 to 6 inches for the southern half and surrounding counties.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for Lake, Porter, Newton and Jasper counties.

Meteorologist Amy Seeley, of the National Weather Service, said the weather advisory will last through Sunday night, but accumulation is expected to slow down Sunday morning.

"Snowfall rates could reach a half inch to an inch an hour," Seeley said. "That may cause some slippery road conditions."

Wind chills could reach 5 to 15 degrees below zero.

Matt Deitchley, of the Indiana Department of Transportation, said Friday that crews were pretreating bridges, interchanges and roads with salt brine.

Since the snowfall didn't begin early Saturday as predicted, crews were out during the day either treating ice or filling pot holes, Deitchley said.

About 6 p.m., INDOT crews also were out watching for changing conditions.

Indiana State Police warns drivers on I-65 that black ice covers the road near Lowell and Rensselaer. Multiple cars were sliding off the interstate because they didn't slow down for the conditions.

The 2013-14 meteorological winter was the third coldest and third snowiest since record keeping began, the National Weather Service reported Saturday. Friday marked the end of meteorological winter, which runs from Dec. 1 to Feb. 28.

For the Chicago region, the average temperature this season was 18.8 degrees. The coldest on record was the winter of 1903-04 with an average temperature of 18.3 degrees followed by 1978-79 with an average of 18.4 degrees. Record keeping started in 1872.

The region also posted 67.4 inches of snowfall this season. When snowfall before meterological winter began Dec. 1 is included, the Chicago region has received a total of 68.3 inches. The top two snowiest winters were 1978-79 with 80.6 inches and 1977-78 with 71.2 inches. Record keeping began in 1884.

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