NWS – Weather for the Chicago and Michiana Area
A breezy and crisp Halloween with a high near 55 with gusting winds up to 35 mph. Halloween night expect a chill in the dark night of 34 with blowing and howling winds of 35 mph. Sunday partly cloudy and windy with a high of 37 and winds gusting up to 40 mph. The workweek will be mostly sunny and warming with highs expected to hit the lower to upper 60s as we top off at 66 on Thursday with nighttime temperatures in the mid 40s.
Today Sunny, with a high near 55. Breezy, with a south wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.
Tonight A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 2am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 34. Breezy, with a south wind around 20 mph becoming west northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.
Sunday Partly sunny, with a steady temperature around 36. Breezy, with a west northwest wind around 25 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.
Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 27. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
Monday Sunny, with a high near 49. West southwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 35.
Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 60.
Tuesday Night Clear, with a low around 44.
Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 65.
Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 47.
Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.
Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 47.
Friday Sunny, with a high near 66.
National Short Term Outlook
Cold air will be the main theme across much of the Eastern half of the US this weekend, with generally very warm and dry weather across the West and Southwest. A dome of high pressure and associated push of seasonally cold air across the northern Appalachians into the East Coast today. Frost and Freeze watches and warnings are in effect across the Ohio and northern Tennessee Valley stretching over to the Mid-Atlantic for this morning. The cold air will remain in place with daytime highs 10 to 20 degrees below average Saturday.
Light Rain changing to lake enhanced snow showers across the Great Lakes into Northeast Sunday into Monday. A strong Pacific low has moved into the southern Canadian Prairies. The strong pressure gradient is leading to strong winds across the High Plains and into the Dakotas today with wind advisories and a few high wind warnings in effect. This storm will continue to progress quickly north of the Great Lakes but will bring some increased chances of light showers late Saturday into Sunday, before a reinforcing cold Canadian airmass drives through dropping the temperatures below average again into Sunday/Monday. This cold air should help to turn some showers into snow but also help to activate Lake-Effect snow in the traditional belts downstream of the warmer lakes. This shot of cold air will lead to 15-20 degrees below average temps across the Midwest bleeding into the Southern Plains and Lower Mississippi valley behind the cold front, though should generally dry away from the Great Lakes and south of the Ohio River. By Monday, return moisture flow off the Atlantic ahead of the cold front should increase the chance for showers particularly closer to the coast and into New England.
Further south, persistent onshore flow in the vicinity of a stationary front across South Florida will keep continued chance for heavy rainfall producing thunderstorms. They will be scattered in nature but may produce some isolated localized flooding concerns as the Weather Prediction Center continues to maintain a Marginal Risk of Excessive Rainfall for this area.
Elsewhere, it is fairly status quo across the Western US. The moisture stream continues to be well north and so sunny skies and dry conditions will continue the drought. Temperatures should not be extreme, but 10 to 15 degrees above average.
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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.
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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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