snow closes local government early

Friday, January 05, 2018 14:59 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

LaPorte County government offices began closing about 10 a.m. Friday because of heavy lake effect snow.

City Hall in LaPorte is closing at noon.

LaPorte County Commissioner Rich Mrozinski said the snow appeared to be falling at a rate of two inches an hour while he was blowing snow at his Rolling Prairie area home.

''I don't want to see people put their life in danger to try and stay at work here,'' said Mrozinski.

The city of LaPorte received 15 inches of snow Thursday and another 6.5 inches had fallen Friday by 11 a.m., said Todd Taylor, superintendent of the LaPorte Water Department which records daily precipitation totals.

LaPorte County Highway Department Superintendent Bob Young said all roads by 10 a.m. were still passable but snow and ice covered.

Blowing snow was presenting a challenge keeping roads open yet ''we're staying up with it.''

Young said lake effect snow totals were much greater in LaPorte and areas to the north and east.

In Michigan City, mayor Ron Meer estimated about half as much snow has fallen there since midnight Thursday.

Visibility, though, has been down to just a few hundred feet when the heavier lake effect bands move over the city, he said.

''It's coming down on us pretty good,'' said Meer about 10:30 a.m.

Meer said he was not planning to close city government early.

''The roads are not in the best of shape but we're staying on top of it,'' said Meer.

The lake effect snow totals can vary greatly depending on wind direction and where the heaviest bands fall.

Young, who lives in LaCrosse, estimated just a half foot of snow has fallen there since the first storm of the year moved through around Christmas.