Goshen News, Goshen, IN

December 16, 2013

ADVISORY: INDOT urges motorists to take it slow in the morning because of overnight snow

Northern counties expected to get about 3 inches of snow


— FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Current forecasts predict winter weather will again affect northern Indiana tonight, beginning in the northwestern portion of the state around 6 p.m., and moving to the east/southeast.

The snow is expected to continue through Tuesday morning, Dec. 17. In addition, central Indiana could see some patchy freezing drizzle this evening. Total precipitation is expected to be 3 inches of new snowfall in Indiana’s northern counties, with up to 1 inch falling in the central portion of the state overnight.

INDOT crews have already been treating roadways through northern and central Indiana, as snow has been flying for the past several days. INDOT officials said crews will begin patrolling ahead of the storm, and will plow and treat interstates, U.S. highways and state routes as needed once the snow begins, working in alternating 12-hour shifts as long as necessary to ensure roadway conditions remain as safe as possible during winter weather.

Snow may still be in the area as drivers head out for their morning commutes on Tuesday, INDOT officials said.

Transportation officials remind motorists to accelerate gradually, drive slowly, brake early and allow greater distance behind the car ahead. Some drivers may find themselves sharing the roadway with INDOT plows in the morning. INDOT asks motorists to give snow plows room to operate. Don’t tailgate or try to pass. The roadway will be clearer behind the snow plow than in front of it. As the day progresses Tuesday, plow drivers and motorists alike will also face increasingly windy conditions, with blowing snow. Additionally, colder temperatures increase the time needed for salt to melt snow and ice.