NW Indiana continues winter storm cleanup

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Northwest Indiana bore the brunt of a winter storm that left as much as 15 inches of snow in places and caused mass flight cancellations at the region's air hub in Chicago.

Authorities declared a State of Emergency in: Lake, Porter, Jasper and Newton Counties. Those have since been lifted. Roads are beginning to open to the public, but drivers should still exercise caution.

The National Weather Service says the highest snow totals were in Indiana's Lake and Porter counties, where the storm dumped over a foot of snow.

Dozens of vehicles were stranded along State Road 2 between US-231 and I-65 in Northwest Indiana and on the same stretch of road along Route 17 in Illinois near Grant Park, Illinois.

Many drivers spent the night at the Indiana State Police District 13 headquarters in Lowell as they waited for crews to clear the roads and dig their cars out.

Emergency crews are still working to free some of the trucks and cars that were stranded overnight. Many schools were canceled Thursday.

South Shore trains between Indiana and Chicago were also suspended Thursday because the storm knocked out power to railroad crossing gates.

The highest recorded wind gusts hit 60 mph during Wednesday's blizzard.