Dangerous winter weather predicted for weekend
Post-Tribune Staff and wire January 3, 2014 5:00PM
Two teens wait for their friends Friday at the Deep River Water Park ice rink. | Carole Carlson/Sun-Times Media
Crown Point: Civic Center, 101 N. East St., will be open as a warming center as of Sunday morning. Hours were still being determined Friday afternoon.
Dyer: Town Hall, at One Town Square, 24 hours as a warming shelter. If shelter is needed after normal business hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, residents can call police at 865-1163 and someone will open Town Hall.
East Chicago: Heritage Hall, 4506 Tod Ave., 4 p.m. to 7 a.m. through Monday. Police station and library are available during daytime hours.
Gary: Calumet Township Trustee Multipurpose Center, 1900 W. 41st Ave., 24 hours as needed; Hudson/Campbell Fitness Center, 455 Massachusetts St. 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Public Safety Facility, 555 Polk St., 24 hours. For more information, contact the Citizen Services Desk at 881-1300.
Griffith: North Fire Station, Town Hall, 111 N. Broad St.; the Franklin Center, 201 N. Broad, 24 hours on an as-needed basis. Call the police department at 924-3141 or town hall at 924-7500.
Hammond: The Jean Shepherd Center, 3031 Mahoney Drive, during the day; State Street Center, 525 State St., Capes House at 662 E. Sibley Blvd., and the warming shelter at 525 State St. after hours.
Hobart: Festival Park Community Center, 111 Old Ridge Road; police/court/community center, 705 E. 4th St., Monday during the day if needed; Maria Reiner Center, 705 E. 4th St., for seniors during regular hours. Those needing extended hours should call the police dispatch center at 942-1125.
Lowell: Lowell fire station, 1331 W. Commercial Ave., if needed.
Merrillville: Call Merrillville Police at 769-3531 and Council President Carol Miano will open the Town Council chambers at 7820 Broadway from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., as needed. Individuals are asked to bring their own blankets, pillows and food.
Munster: Call police at 836-6600.
New Chicago: The basement at Town Hall, 122 Huber, 24 hours. If shelter is needed after 5 p.m. call county sheriff on the phone in Town Hall hallway and someone will be dispatched to open the building.
Schererville: The Town Hall meeting and community rooms are available during normal business hours.
St. John: The St. John Public Safety, 11033 W. 93rd Ave., 24 hours. In the event of a community-wide power outage, Lake Central High School, 8400 Wicker Ave., will be open as a warming center 24 hours.
Whiting: Whiting Community Center, 1938 Clark St., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. In the event of an after-hours emergency, call police at 659-2131.
Winfield: Winfield Library, 10645 Randolph, is available as a warming center during normal business hours.
Chesterton: Town Hall, 726 Broadway, 24 hours.
Hebron: Families without heat at home can call town hall at 996-4641 and the fire station on Indiana 2 will be opened as a warming facility. In the event of a town-wide power outage, Hebron High School at 509 S. Main St. will open to families.
Portage: Families should call Portage police at 762-3122. Fire Station 1, 3401 Swanson Road, Fire Station 2, 6275 Old Porter and Fire Station 3, 6070 Central Ave. and Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Road, serve as 24-hour warming stations.
LaPorte: IU Health LaPorte Hospital, 1007 Lincolnway, 326-1234, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the lobbies and the chapel.
Michigan City: City Hall, 100 E. Michigan Blvd., 873-1400, normal business hours; police station, 102 W. 2nd St., 874-3221, 24 hours; fire administration building, 2510 E. Michigan Blvd., 873-1440, normal business hours
Email information on warming centers to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated: February 5, 2014 6:04AM
The National Weather Servcie has issued a winter storm watch for Saturday evening through Sunday evening, and is warning of dangerously cold temperatures and wind chills Sunday night through Tuesday night.
Snow is expected to begin Saturday afternoon and increase in intensity Saturday night into Sunday, leaving as much as six inches of new snowfall. Stiff northwest winds could cause blowing and drifting snow.
The weather service said in its hazardous weather outlook that temperatures and wind chills will be near record lows, with wind chills sinking to 40 to 45 degrees below zero Monday and Tuesday morning and high temperatures unlikely to rise above zero.
“This could bring the coldest temperatures in two decades, creating extremely hazardous conditions,” Ball State University meteorologist David Call said Friday. “This could be one of the coldest air masses to affect Indiana and the Midwest since January 1994.”