Freezing rain mixed with snow is in the Region's forecast for Friday, with blowing snow and icy roads a threat to travelers heading into the weekend, according to the National Weather Service. 

A storm system is expected to bring a wintry mix to the area beginning Friday afternoon, according to the hazardous weather outlook issued by NWS Thursday. Snow accumulations between 1 to 3 inches are expected Friday. 

Areas along and south of Interstate 80 could see a mix of freezing rain and sleet, forecasters said. Several inches of snow could fall father north, particularly near the Wisconsin border.

Temperatures were expected to rise into the 20s Friday across Northwest Indiana. A winter weather advisory is in effect from noon Friday until 6 a.m. Sunday, with dangerously cold conditions expected Saturday night through Sunday night. 

Wind chill advisories for much of the Region expired late Thursday morning. Temperatures rose only into the single digits. 

The South Shore Line will again be busing passengers between South Bend and Carroll Avenue in Michigan City on Friday because of the cold, according to a news release. Buses operate on the posted train schedule, but delays are possible, officials said.

Several region communities have opened warming shelters, including Cedar Lake, East Chicago, Hammond, Hobart and Gary.

Check back at nwi.com for updates.

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