Indiana Department of Transportation
High winds, snow squalls may make Tuesday’s commute difficult
Winter weather has finally taken hold in Indiana. As of 9 a.m., the Indiana Department of Transportation continues to have 285 yellow plow trucks deployed across Indiana as crews prepare for the next winter storm, which will enter the state from the northwest this afternoon.
In northern Indiana, up to 4 inches of new snow is predicted and the National Weather Service office in Fort Wayne has declared a Winter Storm Watch for Elkhart, LaGrange, St. Joseph and Steuben counties. An additional 1 to 3 inches of snow is forecast across central Indiana, and southern Indiana may see up to two inches of new snow.
INDOT maintenance supervisors continue to monitor evolving local forecasts and adjust their call-out of yellow plow trucks to address changes in forecasted and observed road conditions. Trained drivers are on call to staff plow trucks around the clock with alternating shifts of 12 hours or more.
Wind gusts cause blowing, drifting
Winds gusting up to 35 mph combined with the predicted fluffy nature of the new snow will reduce visibility for drivers. INDOT crews will take steps to minimize the amount of blowing snow that sticks or drifts onto cleared highways.
In addition, the National Weather Service is predicting intense snow squalls in some areas that increase the chances for multi-vehicle crashes. INDOT urges drivers to reschedule optional trips as road conditions will be the worst this evening through tomorrow morning. In particular, the NWS office in Indianapolis is predicting a difficult Tuesday morning commute with conditions similar to those on Sunday.
If you must venture out, below are driving tips to improve visibility and safety:
Know before you go
The state offers several resources that drivers can access to “know before you go”:
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