Dangerous cold on the way
MICHIGAN CITY – The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for northern Indiana, including La Porte County, and civic leaders want residents to know that warming centers are available if needed.
The weather service said wind chills of 20-below zero are expected for northern Indiana and southwest Michigan, with the possibility of -30 wind chills Friday morning. The advisory lasts until noon Friday, but actual temperatures aren’t expected to get out of the low 20s for the next several days, so further advisories will likely be issued.
“Cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills; and frostbite and hypothermia can occur if precautions (are not taken),” according to the weather service, which says precautions should be taken. At the least, residents should wear a hat and gloves at all times when going outdoors.
“The cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes,” the NWS warns.
There is also a chance of snow every day, with the best chance Sunday night and Monday.
With the extreme cold expected to linger, Michigan CIty Mayor Ron Meer remind residents that several warming centers will be open.
In Michigan City, warming centers include:
• Michigan City Police Station at 1201 E. Michigan Blvd., which is open 24 hours a day
• Michigan City Fire Administration Building at 2510 E. Michigan Blvd., open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
• Michigan City Senior Center at 2 on the Lake, open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
• City Hall at 100 E. Michigan Blvd., open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
• Michigan City Public Library at 100 E. 4th St. during regular business hours
• Keys to Hope Community Resource Center at 1802 Franklin St., open 8 a.m. to 5.p.m. Monday through Friday; and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday
La Porte County Emergency Management also said warming centers are available in La Porte at IU Health La Porte Hospital at 1007 Lincoln Way from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Fire Station 2 at 115 E. Shore Drive. These centers are for warming only and not intended to provide food and water.
While Thursday’s high was expected to hit 24, the area won’t see a temperature that “warm” again for several days.
The weather service is expecting a low of 1 Thursday night and a high of only 7 on Friday. Friday night should dip to about 4-above, and Saturday’s high will be about 16. After dipping to 10 on Saturday night, the high on Sunday is expected to be 17. And Sunday night will dip to 8.
After a high of 24 on Monday, things will get even colder. Tuesday’s high will be 16, and after a low of 3-below on Tuesday night, Wednesday’s high will be only 3-above.
Meer urges all citizens of Michigan City to “check on family, friends, neighbors, pets, and especially the elderly during extreme cold outbreaks to ensure everyone stays healthy and safe.”
Anyone needing transportation to a warming center can call the Michigan City Police Department non-emergency number at (219) 874-3221. If you need help keeping your pets warm, call the La Porte County Small Animal Shelter at 326-1637.
— From staff reports