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[INDOT] Mother Nature Not Letting Up This Weekend for NW Indiana
Start Date: 1/24/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 1/24/2014
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Mother Nature Not Letting Up This Weekend for Northwest Indiana

Strong winds, subzero temperatures, and more snow a recipe for slick roads ahead

NORTHWEST INDIANA – Despite nearly three weeks of around the clock road maintenance for many Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) crews in Northwest Indiana due to extreme weather, a long weekend on the roads looks to be forecasted ahead. Drivers should be aware of the potentially hazardous conditions on the roads in the coming days, despite a full call-out of INDOT plows and resources.

Right now INDOT crews are battling wind gusts of 40+ mph which are sending plowed snow back onto the roads very quickly. Subzero temperatures are then icing the roadways. Crews are spreading salt, chemical de-icers and abrasives but in these conditions those tactics become less effective due to piles of blowing snow covering our de-icing and traction material.

 

Through tomorrow night, 2” to 6” of new snow is in the forecast for most of Northwest Indiana. INDOT crews will remain in full call-out mode in these affected areas 24 hours a day, in 12 hour alternating shifts, until roads are clear. INDOT staff monitors weather forecasts and deploys plow drivers before predicted winter weather. Each INDOT plow route takes 2 to 3 hours to complete with de-icing agents assisting in melting between passes.

 

Motorists should be aware that, due to the extreme weather conditions, many roadways will still be slick and snow-covered at times. Drivers must slow down, watch out for other drivers who may be driving unsafely, plan plenty of time for your trip, and give INDOT plow trucks room to work. If possible, staying off the roads entirely is the safest option.

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