Weather condition reports throughout Michiana
Michiana residents are dealing with freezing rain, high winds, ice and rain. Traffic accidents due to weather have been reported throughout Michiana. Several areas are also dealing with power outages.
Here is the latest information:
Traffic update from INDOT posted to Facebook at 6:12 p.m.
Icy conditions are improving out there across the Northwest District, and much of the sleet/freezing rain has turned over to rain. Most roadways are wet and slushy.
The icy conditions are giving way to high water and high winds in most areas. A full call-out of plow/salt trucks continue to push back accumulating slush and sleet while checking drainage to ensure water can recede properly.
High winds are a major concern in the overnight hours as branches and other debris could create road blockages or downed power lines and signals. Crews will be on the patrol watching for this, but drivers should be extra careful. Remember, if you ever come across a traffic signal outage, it should always be treated as a four-way stop.
A tree fell onto a home in Niles and the family had to evacuate the home. There were no injuries.
Dispatch has received a few calls about vehicle slide-offs.
The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department posted this information on their Facebook page:
Officers from the Elkhart County Sheriff's Department have responded to 17 crashes already today throughout the county. Roadway conditions are poor in many locations with the heavy rain/ice mixture and temperatures at freezing.
In the event that you have to travel somewhere, please use caution, drive slowly, and leave yourself plenty of time to reach your destination.
Dispatch has received a lot of calls about lines and trees down, but no accident calls.
Dispatch says they have received calls about accidents, slide-offs and power lines down.
La Porte County:
FROM INDOT: US 421 in La Porte County is closed between US 30 & US 6 because of a downed utility pole/downed lines at CR 800 S. The location is just south of Westville. Crews are setting up barricades and redirecting traffic. There is no time frame for reopening.
From the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency: The Marshall County Highway Department is advising of at least 60 reported trees or limbs down, some have power lines entangled in them. Drivers are urged to use caution when traveling on county roads especially at night when they may be difficult to see. Please do not attempt to move downed limbs or utility lines due to the risk of electrocution. If you come across downed trees or utility lines, please report them to the Marshall County Sheriff's Dept. at 574-936-3187
Dispatch has received a lot of calls about trees down and power lines down but no calls about slide-offs.
St. Joseph County, Ind:
Dispatch has received a few calls of lines down but no major calls.
St. Joseph County, Mich:
Dispatch has received calls about slide offs, trees down and accidents.
Van Buren County:
Dispatch says no major incidents have been reported due to the weather.
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