Snow, low temps continue to cause throughout the area

Cass County Road Commission asks drivers to stay off county roads in Michigan and the weather is causing problems elsewhere as well.

Posted on Jan. 26, 2014 at 3:25 p.m.

ELKHART - The return of the cold and snow is once again affecting safety and transportation throughout the area.

The National Weather Service has the area under a Winter Weather Advisory until 7 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, as well as Wind Chill Watch.

There's a chance of more snow Sunday night, with up to an inch of accumulation possible by Monday morning.

Snow is also possible Monday, with temperatures dipping to as low as -2 degrees by 5 p.m. and wind chill values as low as -25.

Wind chill values Monday night could drop as low as -35 degrees, according to the weather service.

Temperatures will remain very cold into Tuesday, with an expected high of -2 degrees and a low around -7.

The weather continues to have a significant effect on transportation throughout the region.

• The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District announced Sunday that it will temporarily bus South Shore passengers between South Bend and Michigan City due to the possibility of sub-zero temperatures.

Train services between Michigan City and Chicago are still planned to operate as usual, but the NICTD will not bus passengers from Hudson Lake due to low passenger volumes.

• The Indiana Department of Transportation's traveler information page shows conditions are tough on several state roads.

U.S. 33, U.S. 20, S.R. 19, S.R. 119 and S.R. 15, are a few of the major roads that are listed as having difficult road conditions.

• The Cass County Road Commission has asked drivers to stay off county roads for the time being.

The CCRC is working on clearing the roads but is having trouble due to the amount of traffic, temperatures and blowing snow.

The Cass County Sheriff's Department is also investigating a crash between a snowmobile and another vehicle that occurred Saturday afternoon.

• According to a release from the Department, Keith Peterson, 33, of Niles, was riding a snowmobile south on Bame Avenue when Randall Womble, 60, of Niles, pulled his vehicle out of his driveway.

The two vehicles collided, injuring Peterson and his 8-year-old daughter Emily. The Petersons were taken to Memorial Hospital in South Bend to be treated for their injuries.

Womble was uninjured.

Investigators believe the Petersons were wearing helmets and Womble was wearing his seat belt. The release said investigators believe alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

The case remains under investigation.


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