Various media report at least three people are dead after a multiple vehicle crash  shut down the Interstate 94 freeway near Michigan City, Indiana.

There are at least a dozen semi-trucks among the passenger cars in the accident, Porter County's coroner said they have vehicles under others they haven't been able to access. US 35 is being used as an alternate route but whiteout conditions and fewer lanes mean more slow, dangerous travel in that region.

(photo courtesy FOX 28 television, South Bend/Elkhart, IN)