Windswept snow causes problems across northern Indiana

High winds picking up snow have created white-out conditions on area roads, resulting in crashes and closures.

Posted on Jan. 24, 2014 at 2:47 p.m.

ELKHART COUNTY – The winter storm rolling eastward across northern Indiana has already caused significant problems in St. Joseph and LaPorte counties, emergency dispatchers said.

As of 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, both lanes of Highway 20 were shut down between S.R. 23 and Mayflower Road after a camper trailer rolled over in the area and whiteout conditions. Numerous vehicle slide-offs have been reported in St. Joseph, LaPorte and Elkhart counties.

According to National Weather Service meteorologist Courtney Obergfell, snowfall isn't what's causing the trouble – instead, winds of up to 40 mph are sweeping snow into the air and creating whiteout conditions.

Expect snow to begin falling between 6 and 7 p.m. Friday night, Jan. 24, and will continue through Saturday morning, Jan. 25, totaling between 2 and 4 inches throughout Elkhart County, Obergfell said. Lake effect snow may fall Saturday during the day, mostly in southwestern Michigan.

A complete area forecast is available on The Elkhart Truth's website.


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