By Marissa Perlman
CROWN POINT, Indiana (CBS) – Northwestern Indiana experienced blizzard conditions all afternoon Thursday as a heavy snowstorm battered the Chicago area.
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As CBS 2’s Marissa Perlman reported, wind and driving snow were everywhere near Crown Point around 4 p.m. The snow fell quickly and really stuck to the roads – visibility deteriorating every half hour.
At a residence just off Cline Avenue in Crown Point, many people stayed off the roads – although traffic continued to move.
The snowstorm began moving towards Crown Point just after noon. Within minutes, inches of snow began piling up in downtown Crown Point.
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Even in the early afternoon, drivers had to navigate an already dangerous route.
Businesses on Main Street told us they closed early Thursday in anticipation of the weather – and poor visibility.
Meanwhile, 11 schools in Lake County, Indiana were all back to remote learning on Thursday, or closed altogether.
Avery Petit of Crown Point said she wasn’t exactly surprised by another snowstorm.
“I’m definitely ready for spring, but I think I was expecting a few more snowstorms,” she said. “I think I’ll just stay home so I don’t have any driving accidents so I can just keep everyone safe.”
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Law enforcement is also encouraging everyone to stay off the roads – with poor visibility, more snow and blizzard-like conditions.