In these subzero temperatures, road salt is not as effective on icy roadways. INDOT is using other methods to melt ice and gain traction on road surfaces, such as chemical anti-icing agents and sand, but the frigid weather is hindering these efforts as well.
INDOT officials stress all roadways are extremely hazardous across Northwest Indiana. Some roads remain impassable due to drifting snow, others are passable but with narrow lanes, while others are clear of loose snow, but hard-pack snow and ice has made for dangerously slick conditions.
Sections of I-94 and I-65 closed to all traffic Sunday evening due to impassable roadways and ramps that stranded many motorists. INDOT and Indiana State Police worked throughout the night to rescue dozens of people from their vehicles.
Drivers in Northwest Indiana can monitor road closures, road conditions, and traffic alerts at any time via the District’s social media channels: www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest or Twitter @INDOTNorthwest. Or visit http://www.trafficwise.in.gov for INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service....
The Portage Fire Department reports responding to several non-weather related calls throughout Sunday night and this morning and the City reports tomorrow's City Council meeting has been postponed until January 14th due to the weather. ...
Pence says the plan is to shift resources to northwest Indiana, which was hardest hit by the storm and cold. About half the state, including northwest Indiana remains under a travel warning....
Here is a short list of Warming Centers in the Region:
Valparaiso's Harre Union on the VU Campus as well as the Valpo PD and FD
Cedar Lake Town Hall Meeting Room
Chesterton Town Hall
Crown Point Civic Center
Heritage Hall Community Center in East Chicago
Gensis Convention Center Gary
Gary Public Safety Building (24hrs)
Calumet Township Mutipurpose Center (24hrs)
Merrillvile Town Hall
Michigan City Police Dept Lobby (24hrs)
Michigan City City Hall
Portage Fire Stations
Portage Township South Haven Fire Department *Call Crazy Cab @962.4949 for escort in Portage Township*
Burnham Police Department...