Cold subsides, but more snow, wind in store
By Michelle L. Quinn Post-Tribune correspondent January 28, 2014 10:16PM
Two-hour delays announced for Wednesday:
East Porter County
Westville-MSD of New Durham
Updated: March 3, 2014 3:38PM
Now that the weather appears to be creeping toward less frightening temperatures, “Polar Vortex 2 — The Reckoning” still has more wind to blow and more snow to dump on Northwest Indiana.
The National Weather Service predicts the Chicago area has a 50 percent chance of more snow Thursday afternoon as the temperature climbs to 31 degrees. Friday night will also likely bring snow, though the temperature will drop to 19.
The wind, meanwhile, will stay between 15 and 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 Wednesday night into Thursday, it reports.
Car repair shops have seen their share of panicked customers the past couple weeks, but a lot of the repairs could have been avoided, said Larry Grimmer, who owns Hoosier Muffler & Brakes in Highland. Most of what he’s seen has been cars not starting or with no heat.
“There’ve been a lot of coolant leaks, which mean no heat, and a lot of battery issues, but those are people who didn’t prepare themselves for the cold,” Grimmer said. “If the ‘Check Engine’ light is on, ignoring it isn’t going to help you.
“If you’re not paying attention, once the cold comes, what would’ve been a simple problem becomes a lot more difficult.”
Grimmer said he has fixed a lot of tires and bent rims because of potholes as well.
For those needing heating assistance, NIPSCO has a Low Income Energy Assistance Program for customers falling within 150 percent of the federal poverty level. Operated through Community Action Agencies outreach offices in every county, applications for heating assistance will be taken through May 16, but funding is provided on a first come, first served basis.
To find an agency in your area, call (800) 464-7726 or log on to www.nipsco.com/en/billingpayment/payment-assistance/liheap.aspx.