Snow starts to fall across Michiana

After a mostly mild winter, parts of Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan saw what could be the first substantial snowfall of the season.

A combination of rain and snow came down across the region, making roadways and runways slick.

The winter weather grounded hundreds of flights at Chicago's O'Hare airport and a handful of flights coming in and out of South Bend's airport.

While residents knew the flakes would start to fall some time Thursday night, few seemed too concerned.

Workers at Kabelin ACE Hardware in Granger usually see customers flock to their store when a snowstorm is headed toward Michiana, but that wasn't the case this week.

"Usually by now we've had six, eight inches of snow and everybody's gotten their equipment ready," said Assistant Manager Doug Christine. "And, we've had those who have been a little scared about what's going to happen and they'll come in and buy a snow blower. With the weather they've been getting out in Colorado with the blizzard conditions, I would have thought we'd of had more of a response."

Christine says despite low shovel and snow blower sales, business is still doing well.

Many residents have come in for other hardware items, trying to take advantage of the milder weather to do work outside while they can.

Christine says he anticipates more people will come in to get winter weather items later this week, after the snow sticks to the ground.

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