January 21, 2022

Lake-effect snowfall closes schools in northwest Indiana

This map from the National Weather Service shows the most snow accumulation -- in yellow -- southeast of Michigan City. - National Weather Service

This map from the National Weather Service shows the most snow accumulation -- in yellow -- southeast of Michigan City.

National Weather Service

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — College campuses and schools in northwestern Indiana closed Thursday after a winter storm dumped several inches of lake-effect snow on parts of the region.

Closings included Ivy Tech Community College campuses in in Michigan City and LaPorte, Purdue University Northwest’s Westville campus and the Michigan City Area Schools.

The National Weather Service reported traffic officials measured 9.5 inches of snow near Westville and 7.5 inches near Michigan City.

Michigan City-area resident Julina Adams told The (Northwest Indiana) Times that road conditions early Thursday were poor east of U.S. 421.

“County roads have snow on them up past my bumper and the road is totally invisible,” she said.

The Indiana Department of Transportation warned motorists of “hazardous travel conditions”

"Expect low visibility and rapidly changing conditions in those areas,” INDOT said.

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