Chicago, IL – Porter County, Indiana, is on high alert as the National Weather Service forecasts an intense lake effect snow band poised to bring heavy snowfall and whiteout conditions late tonight and into Friday morning.
Residents should expect snowfall rates of 2 to 3 inches per hour, with accumulations exceeding 6 inches in northern parts of the county, and possibly surpassing 12 inches. Such extreme weather could render travel nearly impossible, particularly in northeastern Porter County.
The situation is compounded by gusty winds up to 40 mph, significantly reducing visibility and creating treacherous driving conditions. While the heaviest snow is likely to shift east by Friday morning, there is uncertainty as to whether the snow band may move back into the area later in the day.
With the latest advisory, the National Weather Service strongly advises against non-essential travel in northern Porter County. Those who must travel should carry winter survival supplies and remain vigilant of rapidly changing conditions.