CHICAGO — Winter weather is sweeping through parts of Northwest Indiana, leaving behind a thick blanket of snow on Friday.

Over two feet of snow has fallen in some areas of Northwest Indiana, creating hazardous driving conditions and leaving some residents shocked.

The heaviest snowfall totals were recorded in Pinola, Waterford, and Trail Creek, where around 27 inches of snow covered the ground. 

Winter weather impact: Snow totals around Northwest Indiana

Snow totals around parts of northwest Indiana as of 9:30 p.m. Friday:

  • Pinola, In. — 27″
  • Waterford — 27″
  • Trail Creek —27″
  • Michigan City — 25″
  • LaPorte — 25″
  • Kingsford Heights — 25″
  • Springville — 24″
  • Union Mills — 2.2″
  • Westville — 13.0″

According to Capt. Derek J. Allen from the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office, it is the heaviest amount of lake effect snow the area has seen in six to ten years. 

While the light and fluffy snow has made for a picturesque winter scene, it is also causing havoc on city streets as drivers work to navigate the hazardous roadways. 

On Friday afternoon, Indiana State Police asked drivers to avoid taking I-94 through LaPorte County due to a miles-long backup in the area that even caught some snow plow trucks in its grip.

“It’s created near whiteout conditions on and off throughout the day,” Capt. Allen said. 

Winter Storm Warnings continue for Northwestern Indiana into early Saturday morning.