Brace yourself: Forecast calls for near-record lows
By James D. Wolf Jr. Post-Tribune correspondent January 25, 2014 11:10PM
An accident on Interstate 80-94 early Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, involving a semitrailer and a car forced the closure of three westbound lanes near Broadway in Gary. | Indiana State Police photo
Updated: February 27, 2014 7:01AM
VALPARAISO — Another blast of artic air this week could set low and high temperatures records, and the forecast is already prompting cancellations in Northwest Indiana.
Valparaiso University on Saturday announced it has canceled all operations from 11 p.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. Wednesday.
Amtrak said it would curtail some service out of Chicago on Monday, including the earliest and latest Detroit-bound trains on the Wolverine Line, which serves a Hammond/Whiting stop.
The weather setup that has been pushing cold air from Canada into the Midwest and beyond since mid-December will continue, forecasters said.
“It’s another shot of cold air that’s coming,” said meteorologist Charles Mott of the National Weather Service.
The weather service is predicting a high near zero for the area on Monday and a low of minus 17 degrees. The record lowest high for Jan. 27 is minus 1, set in 1895, and the record low is minus 10, set in 1955, Mott said.
The forecast Tuesday calls for a high of minus 1 and a low of minus 8 degrees. The record lowest high for Jan. 28 is minus 3 set in 1977 and the record low is minus 13 set in 1966.
The Weather Service predicts temperatures to rise on Wednesday with a high near 15 and a low around 9, well off the records for that date.
Light snow and flurries are also forecast in some areas early this week.
On Saturday, frigid temperatures led to the formation of black ice on roadways. That’s where a thin, clear layer of ice glazes over paved areas. Because the ice is clear, motorists mistake it for dry road.
High winds created drifting snow and low visibility on Saturday, too.
Indiana State Police stations reported 40 minor accidents, including spinoffs, along I-65 and I-94, and they reported about 50 accidents along the length of the Indiana Toll Road.