[Photo/Brandi in Black Oak]
Meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Chicago say conditions Tuesday resulted in an intense single band of lake effect snow that produced 1 to 4 inch per hour snowfall rates and extreme snowfall amounts of 1.5 to 2 feet by early afternoon in the vicinity of Gary, Griffth, Hammond, and East Chicago here in northwest Indiana. During the most intense snowfall rates, whiteout conditions were common and major interstates such as 80/94/Borman Expressway and I-65 became clogged with snow, bringing traffic to a standstill. Payloaders had to be sent to the Borman to assist plows in trying to clear the interstate during the intense snowfall, combined with blowing and drifting snow and clogged traffic. The band weakened as it shifted east into Porter County.