Lake effect snow hits region; Toll Road issues restrictions

2014-01-20T20:00:00Z 2015-03-04T18:07:29Z Lake effect snow hits region; Toll Road issues restrictionsTimes staff and wire reports
January 20, 2014 8:00 pm  • 

Northwest Indiana residents will experience deja vu as they wake up to snow and the threat of frigid wind chills. 

The National Weather Service issued a lake effect snow warning starting at midnight until noon on Tuesday. North Lake County was forecasted to get hit with 8 inches to 10 inches of lake effect snow. Other parts of Northwest Indiana may expect to see anywhere from 4 inches to 8 inches of snow. 

According to the National Weather Service's website, most of the snow was expected to move east into Porter County and LaPorte County by Tuesday afternoon.  

The Chicago area and Northwest Indiana have already had 38.9 inches of snow so far this season, according to the National Weather Service.

The warning prompted the Indiana Department of Transportation to warn motorists to avoid unnecessary travel. According to a news release, as much as 2 inches to 3 inches of snow could accumulate within an hour, which would create visibility issues on the road. 

INDOT said crews were planning to work on the roads around the clock to plow and salt roads. 

Indiana Toll Road officials plan to temporarily ban some types of trucks between Chesterton and South Bend because of expected heavy snow.

Toll Road officials say all triple, long double and high-profile oversize permit loads, as well as low-profile steel haulers, won't be allowed on the highway between exit 30 and exit 72 between 11 p.m. Central time Monday and 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Snow isn't the only hurdle residents will face this week. 

According to the National Weather Service, wind chills were expected to dip between 10 to 20 degrees below zero Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. The wind chill will fall even more to 20 degrees below zero to 30 degrees below zero Wednesday night into Thursday morning. 

Porter County police Sgt. Larry LaFlower reminds residents of unincorporated Porter County to remove their cars from the streets in subdivisions to allow snow plows to get through the area.

LaFlower said county ordinance requires the cars to be removed from streets when there is a snowfall of 2 inches. Cars that were left on the street during the last snowstorm hampered snow removal efforts.

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