Winter storm leads to slick roads, crashes and slide offs in Elkhart County

As a winter storm moves through northern Indiana and southwest Michigan, roads are becoming hazardous and home delivery service is experiencing delays.

Posted on March 12, 2014 at 7:33 a.m.

If you're driving this morning, make sure to slow down and give yourself plenty of extra time to get to your destination.

There have been at least 40 crashes and slide offs reported in the county since 3 a.m., a dispatcher with the Elkhart County 911 Center confirmed. Roads are slick and blowing snow is causing hazardous road conditions.

Elkhart County is officially under a travel watch, which means local travel is recommended for emergencies only and businesses, schools and other organizations should implement emergency action plans.

If you do get into a crash or if your vehicle slides off the road, you can call 911 or 533-4151 for help.

The falling snow is heavy and very wet. Winds of 20 to 30 mph and wind gusts up to 40 mph is causing a lot of blowing and drifting snow, the National Weather Service reports.

The winter storm warning that began at midnight Wednesday will go through 5 p.m. Wednesday. The NWS predicts that Elkhart County could receive from 6 to 9 inches of snow.

As of 8:25 a.m. NIPSCO reported power outages in Elkhart County and throughout northern Indiana. Indiana Michigan Power reported outages in St. Joseph County in Indiana and Berrien and Van Buren counties in Michigan, but none in Elkhart County.

Every school in Elkhart County has announced either a two hour delay or that it will be closed on Wednesday.

Home delivery of The Elkhart Truth is delayed in most areas of the county due to the slick roads and snow drifts.

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