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Snow blankets Ind.; area sees icy roads

November 17, 2008 8:35:07 PM PST
A November blast of winter was making travel on roads and highways Monday night treacherous. The problem is lake-effect snow in northwest Indiana. And it's a dusting of snow and black ice causing problems around Chicago, including one pileup in the northern suburbs.

Interstate 94 was shut down Monday night between Burns Harbor and Michigan City, Ind. State police say they have a number of salt trucks working between Burns Harbor and Michigan City trying to work on the black ice hoping to get I-94 open.

The problem was black ice on I-94 and lots of it. A major backup and many trucks sat on the interstate Monday night around 10 p.m. Road conditions were so dangerous that state police shut down I-94 from Burns Harbor east to Michigan City. They're forcing the traffic to get off I-94 eastbound at U.S. 20 in Burns Harbor.

In Michigan City along I-94 the scene was similar, with trucks and a long backup as drivers made their way slowly or went nowhere as they sat hoping I-94 would open up again.

There have been many spinouts. Many trucks were losing traction because of the black ice on I-94.

Just east of South Bend, drivers had to take it slowly because of near white-out conditions.

Snowplows were out in Michigan City and LaPorte. In LaPorte, they were expecting anywhere from 6-12 inches from the lake-effect snowstorm expected overnight.

In the Chicago area, there was a 17-car pileup Monday night at the Edens Spur, and black ice caused many drivers to lose control. No one was reported injured.

Black ice caused many spinouts on I-290 and I-355.


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