Snow forces school closures in Northwest Indiana

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CHICAGO – Before 11 o’clock this morning, it looked like close to three inches had already fallen in Portage, Indiana.

Wind whipped snow off buildings and quickly piled it back onto freshly plowed streets.

People out and about only made quick stops before hunkering down with the kids out of school on this snow day.

Along the Indiana toll road, smart drivers were taking travel slow and steady.

Officials warning all motorists only to venture out if needed with blizzard conditions possible.

Sporadic spin outs seeming mostly minor thus far.

Slick streets in Gary, Indiana made for slow driving conditions.

Streets remained largely empty, snow melting quickly on the roads, which, just days ago, basked in spring-like temperatures – today are covered with huge mounds of dirty slippery slush.

Near white out conditions in Hammond, Indiana as 30 mile an hour sustained winds whipped snow down empty streets.

Many people in this community hiding out indoors – as businesses and schools closed ahead of the storm.