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INDOT Preparing for Major Winter Storm Expected to Bring Significant Snow Accumulation

INDOT will be in full call out for the entirety of the weather event, with 30 trucks out on routes in the Evansville Sub District.

Posted: Feb 14, 2021 8:13 PM

The Indiana Department of Transportation is deploying more than 1,100 plow trucks over the next 48 hours to plow and treat interstates, U.S. routes and state roads as nearly all of Indiana is expected to receive significant snow accumulation during this week's winter storm.

INDOT will be in full call out for the entirety of the weather event, with 30 trucks out on routes in the Evansville Sub District.

The National Weather Service is predicting between 6 to 12 inches of snow across almost all of the state from Sunday evening through Tuesday afternoon.

A first wave of snow will enter the state from the west at around 9 p.m. Sunday evening, becoming heavy and more widespread after midnight. This snow is expected to impact the Monday morning commute. A second wave of snow is expected late Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning.

Crews began patrolling highways by 8 p.m. Sunday and will remain active through the winter storm. Plow trucks generally travel about 25 to 30 miles per hour and it takes between two to three hours to complete a snow route.

INDOT has the following resources to respond to this winter weather event:

  • More than 1,100 plow trucks
  • 200,000 tons of salt
  • 100,000 gallons of brine
  • More than 1,800 employees on call covering 28,000 lane miles

INDOT is urging motorists to stay off the roads during the winter storm if possible, to give plow drivers plenty of room to safely clear snow and ice.

If you must travel:

  • Slow down and stay behind the snowplows. The road behind the plow will be the safest place to drive. Allow at least ten car lengths between your vehicle and snowplows or hopper spreaders.
  • Do not pass. The plows are wide, and sometimes a group of trucks will work in tandem to clear snow quickly, especially on major highways.

Be particularly aware of black ice conditions on surfaces such as bridge decks and entrance and exit ramps. Due to extremely cold temperatures and sub-zero wind chills, salt will take longer to melt snow and ice. Blowing and drifting may also push snow back on to recently plowed routes.

Four-wheel drive, anti-lock brakes and traction control are beneficial in winter weather, but they cannot take the place of good driving habits and the need to reduce speed on snowy or icy roads.

INDOT is reminding drivers to keep an emergency kit in their vehicle in case they find themselves stranded, and to keep a cell phone charged if they need to call for help.

Informational Links:

Travel advisories, watches and warnings are issued by county emergency management agencies. To check the travel status in a given county, visit https://www.in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory/.
The latest winter driving conditions, traffic camers, travel speeds and more are available at https://indot.carsprogram.org.

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