Indiana Department of Transportation
The National Weather Service office in Fort Wayne is predicting lake-effect snow squalls that will drop new snow across north central and northeast Indiana through Saturday. Another weather system brings increasing snow chances statewide beginning on Sunday.
Monitor snow forecasts
Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance supervisors will continue to monitor evolving weather forecasts this weekend. Drivers are urged to do the same and to schedule optional trips when snow is not forecast.
INDOT will deploy its yellow plow trucks before snow and ice is predicted to accumulate on interstates, U.S. highways and state roads. Each plow route takes 2-3 hours to complete with salt assisting in melting between passes.
Northern Indiana snow squalls
“Snow squalls” predicted for north central Indiana are isolated storms that combine heavy snowfall with surface wind gusts up to 30 mph. Such storms produce sudden reductions in road conditions and visibility with near whiteout conditions, which increase chances for multi-vehicle crashes.
Drivers who see a “wall” of snow ahead associated with a snow squall should immediately take the following steps to improve visibility and safety:
Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing all weekend, requiring road salt to melt snow and ice. Granular salt helps to add traction while lowering the temperature at which the ice melts. INDOT may mix road salt with sand or specialty chemicals that help it work more effectively in sub-freezing temperatures.
These conditions increase the chances of melt-water refreezing into “black ice” or “slick spots” that may be difficult for drivers to distinguish from dry pavement. Areas that receive less direct sunlight are common places for slick spots. Even four-wheel-drive vehicles and large trucks are no match if all tires are on ice.
Know before you go
There are several state resources that drivers can access to “know before you go”:
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