Indiana Winter Series


The Photos for this limited postcard series were taken on Valentine's Day 2020 in Lake County, Indiana, at the Deep River County Park.  You can learn more about Deep River County Park and the historic buildings here: Brochure from Wood's Mill Visitor Center and Gift Shop.  A video about the Lake County Grist Mill and the Restoration of Wood's historic Grist Mill in Deep River, Indiana, can be found HERE.

The SUGAR SHACK: the sugar shack is where the maple tree's sap is boiled, creating the sweet syrup we know and love!  Maple syrup can only be produced in certain U.S states and Canada and only at a certain time of the year. Above freezing day temperatures and below freezing night temperatures bring out maple sugar farmers and park staff toting their supply of buckets, spiles, drills, and tubing to tap the trees and gather the sap.  Learn more about Deep River Park's Maple Syrup activities HERE! And you can learn more about Maple Syrup generally by CLICKING HERE.

Winters in Northwest Indiana are cold and often snowy.  In addition to the regular snowfall, we often experience "Lake-Effect Snow" because of our proximity to Lake Michigan.  

Weather in January: January is usually the coldest month of the year in Indiana when the temperatures drop in the frigid zone. The average temperatures in Indianapolis, the capital in the central region, are between 21°F (-6.1°C) to 36°F (2.2°C), while they range in the cold 15°F (-9.4°C) to 44°F (6.7°C) range statewide. The rainfall amounts to less than 3" (76.2mm) as ice and snow replace it as a form of precipitation. January is the snowiest month of the year with 10" (254mm) of snow in many parts in the north, while the south registers 4" (101.6mm) to 5" (127mm). The skies are partly cloudy and tend to be gloomy in the absence of intense sunshine. Warm winter coats serve well in the cold season, especially when the wind speeds are high. Ice fishing, ice skating, and skiing are popular with locals and tourists alike. Pockets of mild weather occur in the south for brief periods. However, January is a discount season in Indiana, with a shortage of visitors due to the severe cold.

Weather in February: February is the driest month of the year in Indiana as the average rainfall drops below 2.5" (63.5mm) in the state. Lake effect snow is prominent in northwest Indiana in the proximity of Lake Michigan. February snowfall is in the range of 8" (203.2mm) to 12" (304.8mm), with one of the highest numbers in South Bend at 15" (381mm). In central and southern parts, the snow and cold increases towards the east due to high elevations. Snowstorms are frequent as polar air masses reach the heart of Indiana. The average temperatures vary from a cold 17°F (-8.3°C) during the night to a warm 50°F (10°C) in the day. Evansville in the south is mild between 30°F (-1.1°C) to 50°F (10°C) compared to Fort Wayne in the north, between 20°F (-6.7°C) to 36°F (2.2°C). Expect the conditions to be cold, and drive carefully on the hazardous roads rendered slippery due to ice and snow. February does not allow venturing outside without the warmth of winter coats in Indiana.

Weather in March: March transitions to the beautiful spring season in Indiana, and sees a steady rise in temperatures and sunshine. The average temperatures in the north are between 25°F (-3.9°C) to 48°F (8.9°C), while the central region register between 29°F (-1.7°C) to 54°F (12.2°C) and the southern in the 30°F (-1.1°C) to 61°F (16.1°C) range. A slight uptick sees rainfall in the 3" (76.2mm) to 4" (101.6mm) range in the majority of the regions. Snowfall is light in the south, but registers at least 4" (101.6mm) to 5" (127mm) in many places in the north. Spring is unpredictable, with a cold wave always on the cards. Early tourists need to watch for tornadoes and thunderstorms that regularly invade Indiana. Many houses have built-in storm shelters, and consequently, the damage due to storms is less. Nights are cold in the early part of the spring season, so keep warm coats at hand. Mornings are refreshing with a tinge of cold amid warm sunshine. Late March brings greenery and mild temperatures in Indiana.

For more specific information on Climate for Northwestern Indiana, CLICK HERE.

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