HAMMOND, Ind. — Blizzard and winter storm warnings are in effect for Northwest Indiana as the winter storm moves through.
Porter and LaPorte counties are under a blizzard warning until 6 a.m. Friday.
The winter storm warning is in effect until 6 a.m. Saturday.
According to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, LaPorte County is under a travel warning, which means drivers are asked to “refrain from all travel.”
Lake and Porter counties are under a travel watch, meaning traffic should be limited to “essential travel” only.
On Wednesday, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb activated nearly 150 members of the national guard to help stranded motorists.
In Indiana, people can call 211 to find a warming center or other assistance.
Indiana State Police is reminding people to not call 911 or emergency dispatch centers to ask about road conditions. They are urging people to check conditions online or by calling 1-800-262-ROAD.
“The volume of calls is expected to increase for emergencies and phone lines need to stay open,” ISP Sgt. Ted Bohner said in a press release.
Joe Lambright, of Arthur, Illinois, said his drive started getting icy. He’s hauling a load of fiberglass from LaGrange, Indiana to Arthur.
“I don’t know, it might be midnight. I really don’t know. I’m going to try to drive slow and keep it between the lines,” Lambright said.
But some other drivers already called it quits for the night.
“Some people plow through it,” truck driver Tony Browner said. “Some pull over. If you’re smart, you go slow, take your time and find somewhere to shut down for the night.”
Eric Patino works as a driver for Lone Star Roadside Assistance out of Gary, Indiana. He said the phone has been ringing non-stop.
“I’m planning on staying all day today to help everybody out,” Patino said. “Make sure everybody goes home today.”
ISP Sgt. Glen Fifield said the roads are completely snow-covered and reported “blizzard-like conditions.”
AAA is reminding people to have a full tank of gas, fully charge their cell phone, and bring blankets, water, a flashlight and ice scraper before they head out. They are also reminding motorists to check their windshield wiper fluid.