Starke County snow crews brace for Mother Nature

Unlike so many of the storms NewsCenter 16 covers each winter, our hardest hit areas in this system are south of Berrien and St. Joseph Counties.

Mike, Frank and Cindi have been tracking the system for the last 48-hours and from the get-go they predicted viewers in Fulton, LaPorte, Pulaski and Starke Counties were going to see the heaviest accumulation.

By 4 p.m. Tuesday, weather spotters in Starke County reported snowfall between one and two inches an hour.

Ahead of the afternoon rush, Knox’s five-man street department braced for Mother Nature. Starting at sunrise Tuesday, its fleet of four plows were busy laying salt and sand across all 30 miles of city roadways to lessen the chance for ice build-up.

Crews say Starke County has been lucky this winter with only two measurable snowfalls, each only brining about three inches of the white stuff.

"I have records going back 20 years and we've had some major storms in March. Just about this time of the month, we’ve gotten six inches of snow in the past,” Knox Street Department Supt. Jeff Borg said.

However in this case, the StormTeam 16 forecast is predicting up to eight inches of snow.

"By 9 p.m. Wednesday morning I want to see bare streets and intersections. I want people out there driving safe when they enter an intersection. If we can save one minor accident in the city of Knox, it's worth every bit of the salt, overtime and plowing that we did,” Borg added.

As of 2:30 Tuesday afternoon, INDOT had 150 plow and salt trucks working tirelessly across Northern Indiana. While that may sound like a lot, INDOT covers 5,000 lane miles, just in the northern part of the Hoosier State.


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