Fickle Lake Effect Snow

By: Sarah Platt Email
By: Sarah Platt Email

For weeks there's been no snow here in Michiana.

That streak continues for some areas Tuesday, but other parts broke that record. Quite a bit of lake effect snow fell in parts of our western viewing area.

Some awoke this morning to absolutely nothing, while others were celebrating a snow day.

The difference between the two scenarios was just about a 40 minute drive.

We hit the road Tuesday morning, to give you a glimpse of the big difference out there.

Heading westbound out of South Bend, the landscape quickly changed from a couple of inches of snow to several. It made for a picturesque scene, that also required a digging out.

New Carlisle resident Dick Jones is elated over the snowfall. His snowmobile business is well overdue for a good snowfall. He's just hoping it's enough to bring people out.

“Hopefully it'll help sell some sleds, some parts, and it'll put some repair work in,” says Jones.

Meantime, to the southeast of New Carlisle, Lakeville got a few inches. In some parts, a broom was enough to brush it aside. South Bend and Mishawaka also got a little snow or a dusting in some parts.

“I didn't have to shovel, just got out, thank goodness you didn't have to get the snow blower out,” says Tom Brown of South Bend.

Back on the road, this time heading further east towards Elkhart, the snow scene quickly began to fade. Most of Elkhart got no snow, quite the opposite of New Carlisle.

“We didn’t get much of anything, we got some freezing rain. Trees looked pretty. As far as snow, we didn't see anything, maybe a little on the roof tops and on the windshield, but as far as anything on the ground, I'm up on the northeast corner and we really didn't have anything at all to speak of,” says Rob Gerring of Elkhart.

“If anyone wants to take their snow to Elkhart, I'll take it and put it on my front yard,” jokes Elkhart resident Judy Rossi-O’Neal.


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