NWS – Weather for the Chicago and Michiana Area
Today mostly overcast with a high of 57. Tonight rain with a low of 49. Thursday we will see a spike in temperature of 76. Then we will return to seasonable temperatures Friday through the weekend. Showers on Friday with a high of 64 and a clearing on Saturday with a high temp of 51.
Today Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 57. West wind 10 to 15 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.
Tonight Showers and thunderstorms likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 1am. Low around 49. East wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Thursday Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 10am, then patchy drizzle between 10am and 11am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 76. East wind 5 to 15 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Thursday Night A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1am. Mostly clear, with a low around 56. Breezy, with a south wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Friday Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64. West southwest wind around 15 mph becoming north northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Friday Night A 20 percent chance of showers before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42.
Saturday Partly sunny, with a high near 51.
Saturday Night A slight chance of showers after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41.
Sunday A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55.
Sunday Night A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46.
Monday A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55.
Monday Night A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.
Tuesday A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50.
National Short Term Outlook
Early season winter storm to blanket portions of the north central U.S. in heavy snow. Following on the heels of Tuesday’s snow storm in the Upper Midwest, a deepening upper-level trough and a surge of cold Canadian air sets the stage for yet another early season winter storm. Snow showers are forecast to develop from the northern Rockies to portions of the Dakotas later today. As a developing surface low pressure system strengthens in the northern High Plains late Wednesday into Thursday, snowfall coverage will expand throughout the northern Rockies and Plains with the heaviest totals likely to occur in the northern Absaroka Range and the Bighorn Mountains. There is also a chance for significant snowfall to occur Thursday in portions of the Dakotas and northern Minnesota where 8+ inches of snow is possible. Expect treacherous travel conditions and poor visibilities in these affected areas along with much below normal temperatures lasting into Friday. Some daily record cold highs/lows are possible in these areas through Friday. The plunging temperatures are forecast to plunge south into the Great Plains, eventually reaching West Texas by Friday morning.
Periods of rain and strong thunderstorms in the Midwest and Great Lakes; torrential downpours in South Florida today. Heavy showers and thunderstorms are soaking parts of the lower Great Lakes and mid-Mississippi early this morning but should diminish during the late morning hours. The impending winter storm system will also contain heavy rainfall. Showers and t-storms are expected to pass over the Midwest and northern Great Lakes today with the heaviest rainfall amounts expected to occur on Thursday. There are Marginal risks for both severe weather and excessive rainfall on Thursday: the former centered in the heart of the Midwest and the latter positioned over the northern Great Lakes. Farther south, a tropical air-mass will foster the development of widespread showers and thunderstorms in South Florida. Some rainfall rates could be excessive and lead to flash flooding in more urbanized areas. As a result, a Slight Risk for excessive rainfall has been issued in far southeast Florida for today.
Critical Fire Weather Risk continues issued for northern California & the southern High Plains on Thursday; abnormally warm temperatures persist in the South and much of the East. Elsewhere, favorable fire weather conditions look to persist in northern California’s Sacramento Valley through Friday due to the persistence of warm/dry conditions over the area. Thursday in particular features a Critical Risk for fire weather in northern California and the southern High Plains of eastern New Mexico and parts of the Texas Panhandle. In addition, balmy temperatures for mid-late October will engulf much of the southern and eastern U.S. with a handful of daily record warm highs and lows possible across these regions through the end of the week.
News that Impacts You
Courtesy of RISE NWI
You have options as a Hoosier voter!
Note: If you received a Mail-In Ballot and Opt to Vote In Person, You Must Return Unused The Mail-In Ballot on Election Day.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT/CHANGE BY THE STATE OF IN REGARDING TURNING IN YOUR MAIL IN BALLOT AND VOTING IN PERSON!
𝗩𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗯𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲-𝗯𝘆-𝗺𝗮𝗶𝗹? Know your options of returning your completed ballot.
𝗪𝗵𝗼 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗿𝗲𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝘆 𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗲?
1️⃣ Yourself. You can hand-deliver your ballot to the county election office.
2️⃣ A member of your household can hand-deliver your ballot to the county election office. This person must have the same address as you. This individual will have to fill out form ABS-19 (https://forms.in.gov/download.aspx?id=11887).
3️⃣ The United States Postal Service. Utilize the pre-paid postage envelope provided with your absentee ballot.
4️⃣ A bonded courier company
5️⃣ Your attorney in fact
𝗗𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗹𝘆 𝘃𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴, 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗡𝗢𝗧 𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗮𝗯𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲 𝗯𝗮𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘁 𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗻 𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗹𝘆 𝘃𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗹𝗼𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘃𝗼𝘁𝗲 𝗼𝗻 𝗮 𝘃𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗺𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗲.
If your absentee ballot is lost, spoiled, or defective you can fill out the ABS-5 form (https://forms.in.gov/download.aspx?id=9942) and the election office will issue you a new ballot by mail or you can vote on a machine at early voting.
On Election Day (November 3, 2020) a voter may surrender their absentee ballot and vote in person.
If you have any questions please contact your county election board!
Lake County – 219-755-3795
Porter County – 219-465-3485
LaPorte County – 219-326-6808
𝗥𝗲𝗴𝗮𝗿𝗱𝗹𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝘀𝗲, 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗠𝗨𝗦𝗧 𝗯𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝘃𝗼𝘁𝗲 𝗯𝘆 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗢𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟱, 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟬. You can register online, or update your current voter registration information, by visiting IndianaVoters.com.
To be eligible to vote absentee-by-mail, you must submit your application by Thursday, October 22. If your county election office does not receive your application on this date by 11:59pm, you are not eligible to vote absentee-by-mail in November’s election. To submit your application you can:
💻Visit IndianaVoters.com to submit your application online.
🖨Download and print the application at https://indianavoters.in.gov/MVPHome/PrintDocuments. If you print an application you must hand sign your application, a digital application will not be accepted.
☎️ Call your county election office and request a paper application be mailed to you.
Early voting is scheduled to begin Tuesday, October 6. Traditionally, Lake County has 11 early voting locations and registered Lake County voters can visit any of the 11 sites. Due to COVID-19 we recommend contacting the county election office to verify dates, times, and locations.
𝗩𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗻 𝗘𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗗𝗮𝘆
Polls will be open 6:00 am – 6:00 pm on Tuesday, November 3. Visit IndianaVoters.com to verify your polling place.
𝗩𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗔𝗯𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲-𝗯𝘆-𝗧𝗿𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗹 𝗕𝗼𝗮𝗿𝗱
Travel board is a unique opportunity for voters who are confined to their home on Election Day. Call the county election office to learn more about this opportunity. The deadline to submit an application to vote absentee-by-travel board is noon on Monday, November 2.
𝗤𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀? 𝗔𝗹𝘄𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗰𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝘆 𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗲!
Lake County: 219-755-3795
Porter County: 219-465-3485
La Porte County: 219-326-6808
Early Voting Locations Lake, Porter and LaPorte County
Lake County Indiana
Early Voting Locations, Dates & Times
For your convenience, there are five early voting locations. Eligible Porter County voters can cast their ballot at any of these locations.
Chesterton Town Hall Meeting Room
790 Broadway, Chesterton
Hebron Community Center
611 N Main, Hebron
Porter County North County Annex
3560 Willowcreek Rd, Portage
Porter County Administration Center,
Suite 102A, 155 Indiana Ave, Valparaiso
Union Township Fire Station #2
267 N 600 W, Valparaiso
Dates & Times
Early voting begins on Tuesday, October 6th and ends at Noon on Monday, November 2nd. All Early Voting locations will be open as follows:
Monday, Wednesday & Friday:
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Tuesdays & Thursdays:
8:30 AM to 8:30 PM
Saturdays (October 24th & 31st ONLY):
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Mobile Voting Locations, Dates & Times
Eligible Porter County voters can cast their ballots at the following mobile voting locations, dates & times.
Wednesday, October 7 From 4:00 PM To 7:00 PM
Jamestown Apartments, 2817 Virginia Park Ave. in Valparaiso.
Wednesday, October 14 From 4:00 PM To 7:00 PM
Oak Tree Village, 254 Sandalwood St. in Portage.
Wednesday, October 21 From 4:00 PM To 7:00 PM
Kouts Public Library, 101 E. Daumer Rd. in Kouts.
Saturday, October 24 From 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Haven Hollow Park, 330 W 700 North in South Haven.
Friday, October 30 From 4:00 PM To 7:00 PM
Luke Oil Gas Station, 298 Melton Rd. in Burns Harbor.
Early Voting Locations
La Porte County Complex
(North of Courthouse)
809 State Street
La Porte, IN 46350
Michigan City County Office Complex
(Corner of 8th & Wabash)
302 West 8th Street
Michigan City, IN 46360
Former County Library
7089 W. 400 N.
Michigan City, IN 46360
Wanatah Town Hall
104 N. Main Street
Wanatah, IN 46390
GENERAL ELECTION EARLY VOTING DATES
- Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 through Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 (8am-4pm)
- Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 through Friday, Oct. 16, 2020 (8am-4pm)
- Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 through Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 (8am-4pm)
- Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 (8am-3pm)
- Monday, Oct. 26, 2020 through Friday, Oct. 30, 2020 (8am-4pm)
- Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020 (8am-3pm)
- Monday, Nov. 2, 2020 (8am-12:00 Noon)
MOBILE MARKET VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – OCTOBER
Volunteer at an upcoming Mobile Market food distribution at the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. Volunteer with your family, friends, school, community group, or corporate team. Ages 8 and older are welcome.
Sign up now: https://doodle.com/poll/uzqnztavwvn9vbbb
Strack & VanTil Team offer a helping hand at the Habitat for Humanity Lake Station Build Site
Sunset Christian Church offers a hand at the Habitat for Humanity NWI Lake Station Build Site
Gary, Indiana October 1, 2020 – Majestic Star Casino partnered with Habitat for Humanity of NW Indiana to build walls for a new home being built for the Best Family in Gary, Indiana. Majestic Star Casino provided a volunteer group of 24 to build all 32 interior and exterior walls as well as funds to cover materials. All the walls were built on the old casino property in Buffington Harbor.
“The work done by Habitat makes such a difference in the lives of those they serve, and I’m pleased to play a small part in that. Through our Spectacle ALL-IN program, the team at Majestic Star Casino is excited to pitch in and help Shakira Best’s family become homeowners at the “Field of Dreams” project in Gary. It’s a humbling and fulfilling experience for all of us,” stated Rich Zeigler, Vice President of Development for Spectacle Entertainment and a Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana board member.
“Decent, affordable housing is critical to the welfare of each and every family. We are so grateful to partner with Majestic Star Casino, stabilizing another family in Northwest Indiana.” stated Dawn Michaels, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana.
Shakira Best and her family will move into a neighborhood called “Field of Dreams”. This beautiful, two block section of Gary is nearly entirely comprised of Habitat homes. The first Habitat home in the “Field of Dreams” broke ground in 2004.
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