Icy road conditions across the area this morning resulted in many crashes and part of US 20 being closed.

Yesterday’s rain froze to roadways and new freezing rain fell making roadways treacherous this morning.

US 20 was closed between State Road 19 and County Road 17 to clear accidents and lay down salt and sand to prevent new ones.

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As Michiana starts to prepare for winter weather, road crews have been working to get plows, salt and drivers ready to roll.

Hiring, ordering salt and plow repairs are just a few things that local highway departments do to get ready for snow and winter weather.

Jeff Taylor is the manager of the Elkhart County Highway Department. He said one of the challenges this year was low unemployment in the county.


Michiana is likely to see a lot of precipitation this winter, but whether it’s in the form of rain or snow is still up in the air.

Forecasts are calling for snow showers Wednesday and Thursday. Meteorologist says this could be the first snowfall of a snowy winter but if the winds change the season could be rainy instead.

Cooler temperatures and an increase in moisture created a healthier environment for fir trees.

Freezing temperatures mean farmers can use equipment on their fields without worrying if the ground is too wet.