CHICAGO (CBS) — As most of Chicago woke up to another day of single digit temperatures, folks in Northwest Indiana were dealing with something many of us haven’t seen in a while: snow.
A lake effect snow advisory was in effect until noon on Thursday Lake and Porter counties in Indiana.
About one to six inches of snow fell in areas in Northwest Indiana overnight–mostly east of Interstate 65.
There were reports of several spin outs and traffic was moving slowly all morning.
WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports that road salt was having little effect because of the cold temperatures. In Chesterton the snow became packed and icy on roads.
Lake effect snow is hard to predict, but Ed Curran reports 3 to 6 inches has fallen so far.
Here are some snow totals as of Thursday morning:
Porter 6 inches
Valparaiso 6 inches
Lake Station 4 inches
Hebron 3 inches
Chesterton 1 inch
On the Illinois side, some snow is possible along the lake, but it won’t be as intense. Snow could reach an inch or two.
If that happens at O’Hare, Chicago would have its first one-inch snowfall for the first time 11 months.
Snow was falling downtown around 11 a.m. The snow was shifting westward, with conditions deteriorating from Lake County, Ind., into Cook County. Snow-covered roads and near-whiteout conditions persisted on I-94 and the Indiana Toll Road in some areas.
Snow should end around midday on Friday with temperatures in the high 20s.