South Madison County - The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is preparing for a full callout across most of the state as dangerous winter weather is expected Tuesday and Wednesday this week.
“As severe winter weather continues, INDOT remains fully prepared to keep the interstates, U.S. highways and state routes open and as safe as possible for emergency responders,” Gov. Mike Pence said via press release Monday. “We encourage Hoosiers to follow county travel advisories and not to put themselves or their local emergency responders in harm’s way.”
INDOT will continue to monitor multiple evolving weather forecasts and deploy a full callout of more than 800 plow trucks to begin alternating 12-hour shifts on state highways before the storm moves through the state.
Each INDOT plow route takes two to three hours to complete with salt assisting in melting between passes.
Motorists should be prepared for snow accumulations on the roads and driving conditions to be challenging, especially during the Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning rush hours.
Weather forecasts are predicting a snowstorm will drop up to nine inches of snow on parts of central and northern Indiana beginning Tuesday, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a Winter Storm Watch from 1 p.m. Tuesday until 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Based on current forecasts, motorists should be prepared to encounter a variety of conditions on Hoosier highways. Heavy snowfall is expected for central and northern Indiana.
Areas further south could see a wintry mix of snow, sleet or ice accumulations affecting travel.
An INDOT press release said drivers play an important role in keeping the highways open and safe for other travelers by reducing their speeds according to conditions.
INDOT asked drivers to give plow trucks room so they can safely clear roadways and maintain regular service of routes without delay.
People can stay updated on county travel advisories at http://www.in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory and be aware of developing local forecasts before deciding whether to drive.
The Indiana State Police and other law enforcement agencies encourage the public to keep its phone lines open for emergencies and to access road conditions at http://indot.carsprogram.org or by dialing toll-free (800) 261-7623.