2011’s first lake effect snow system is not leaving Michiana anytime soon. Saturday will bring day three of snow for viewers in Berrien County, South Bend and Mishawaka. But folks in North Liberty have been spared so far from the snow, until now.
So just why has North Liberty gone untouched? It's the one million dollar question that baffles people every year. The best and most simple answer; blame the oddity on the unpredictable factors behind lake effect snow.
It was 5 p.m. Friday and thousands of people thought the work week was over. However, Mother Nature had one last trick up her sleeve, making people shovel the mounds of snow off their cars.
The afternoon commute home presented its challenges on most every road, as snow plows did their best to keep streets clear.
"I snowblowed this morning," Stacy Nicodemus said as he stood outside his South Bend home.
But by Friday night, Nicodemus was at it again.
"The first month of winter isn't bad, then the second month gets worse, but by the time the third month gets here, I’m done with it,” Nicodemus added.
Even so, he continued to clear the sidewalks and drive ways for four homes on his block.
"It’s just one of those things, some days are better than others,” Nicodemus said as he got back to work.
Right down North Shore Drive and armed with a simpler device, Jerry Kline cleared his walkway with a fine toothed comb.
"I’m keeping our walks as clear as I can. You know we are fairly attentive on this block because we don't want tickets, it's a city ordinance to abide by," longtime South Bend resident Jerry Kline said as he cleared his sidewalk with a broom.
But local cities couldn't even do their part with the eight inches of snow. That is unless your travels took you down State Road 23 to North Liberty where Main Street was smooth sailing and windshields needed little to no scraping. In fact, the town hadn't seen more than a flurry, good news for most, bad news if you're a snow plow driver.
"Money hasn't come in like it has in past years,” part-time snow plow driver Bob Litteral said. “Snow means money in the wintertime. It’s extra money on the side and keeps the bills paid when work is slow,” Litteral added.
While North Liberty has been flirting on the fringe of lake effect snow, by the looks of Friday’s night sky, it won’t be able to hold on for much longer.
Although road conditions were troublesome, Friday night brought few major accidents. However, multiple cars slid into the ditch along the Toll Road during white out moments.
Meanwhile at South Bend Regional Airport, there were few delays and no cancellations. But with a stronger system expected Saturday, airport officials advise travelers to call their airline before leaving home.