Road emergency declared in Berrien County, Travel Watch issued for St. Joseph, Marshall counties

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(Marissa Zimney/95.3 MNC)

Travel is treacherous in spots as snow continues to fall throughout Michiana.

Many county roads are said to be snow-packed and slick.

Traffic was moving very slowly on the Indiana Toll Road and on the U.S. 20/31 bypass St. Joseph, Elkhart and Berrien Counties.

(Photo supplied/Indiana Department of Homeland Security)

A Travel Watch is in effect for St. Joseph, Marshall and Starke Counties. That means only essential travel is recommended.

A Travel Advisory is in effect for Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaPorte and Porter Counties.

A road emergency has been declared in Berrien County, where the sheriff has requested all residents stay off the roads to allow snow removal crews to safely clear the roads. All non-essential county offices closed in Berrien County at midday, as well.

The National Weather Service is predicting 7 or more inches of snow could accumulate in some areas. Wind gusts could reach 35 m.p.h.

The snow should end Monday night before what the weather service calls “historic cold weather” is forecast beginning on Tuesday.

Temperatures will drop to 20 below zero with wind chills of 40 below zero by Wednesday morning.

Forecasters warned of frostbite within minutes and hypothermia if precautions aren’t taken.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

3 COMMENTS

  1. I have grown up in SW Michigan. I’m in my 30’s now and I can honestly say we know how to handle this stuff. Before social media and the sensational news and weather channel started being dramatic about weather and naming storms, we dealt with it. We would bust through drifts with our 4×4 vehicles and if we couldn’t do that, we drive our snowmobiles down the road. Did that many times. Just another winter storm in Michigan. A little cold snap. I rather like a good winter.

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