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Weather service predicts bitter cold to continue Friday

Bitter cold and windy conditions are predicted for Elkhart Friday.

Posted on Jan. 2, 2014 at 12:00 a.m.

ELKHART — A brutal start to the new year for much of the Great Lakes region is expected to continue as more snow and extremely cold conditions are in the forecast.

Bitter cold and windy conditions that arrived Thursday night, Jan. 2, in northern Indiana will continue through Friday, Jan. 3, according to the National Weather Service.

Light snow is expected to continue Friday.

The high Friday will be 14 and the low will be 10, but evening winds will range from 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph, pushing the wind chill factor well below zero.

The weather service predicts Elkhart County and surrounding areas could receive more accumulating snow Saturday, Jan. 4, and Sunday, Jan. 5. The high will be around 29 but it will remain windy, the weather service said.

On top of that, the weekend snow system will be followed by extremely cold temps that could dip to at least minus 10 below by early Monday, Jan. 6.

Frigid temps, combined with high winds are expected from Monday through early Wednesday, the weather service said.

Wind chill temperatures Monday through Wednesday could reach 25 to 35 below zero, the weather service said.

Meanwhile, much of the region was still digging out of a storm that brought snow to the area throughout the course of three days.

A weather system that left half a foot of snow in parts of Indiana and even more in Michigan began to strengthen Thursday as it headed to the East Coast, which is bracing for blizzard conditions, the weather service said.

Most of Indiana was under a winter weather advisory Thursday.

Elkhart received roughly 5 to 6 inches of snow in recent days.

To the south, Indianapolis received 5.5 inches of snow.

A crash in central Indiana's Tipton County happened when a 19-year-old from Florida lost control of an SUV late Wednesday and it overturned into a field. Police say William Lamoreaux of Plant City, Fla., died at the scene and a 14-year-old cousin suffered a broken wrist.

LaPorte County police say 36-year-old John Kallok of Griffith died Wednesday when his pickup truck slid into the path of a charter bus on U.S. 20 in northern Indiana.

Parts of Michigan received upward of 10 inches of snow.

The National Weather Service says at least 10 inches of snow has fallen in Allegan in southwestern Michigan during the multi-day storm.

A tanker carrying crude oil crashed Thursday morning on snowy Interstate 69 in Genesee County's Davison Township, forcing the temporary evacuation of nearby homes and businesses.

AAA Michigan spokeswoman Nancy Cain says the auto club received 3,100 calls Thursday through 4 p.m. after assisting 3,000 people New Year's Day.

Associated Press contributed to this report.


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