The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is preparing for accumulating snow beginning tonight and a full call-out status of plow trucks early Saturday morning.
INDOT drivers began treating routes with brine yesterday and will continue to do so into Friday afternoon. Pretreating roads with brine in advance of winter weather prevents snow and ice from bonding to pavement allowing for more effective plowing operations during snowfall.
By midnight Saturday, INDOT will be at a full call out of nearly 200 drivers across East Central Indiana, including Indianapolis, and will plow and salt roads continuously during the snow and until all roads are cleared. Motorists should give INDOT yellow trucks plenty of room and maintain a safe distance. It is important to keep in mind that a full snow route may take a driver 2-3 hours to complete.
The National Weather Service has predicted 4 to 7 inches of snow for central Indiana from late Friday night through early morning Sunday.
INDOT officials reminds Hoosiers to limit unnecessary travel. If motorists must be on the road, they are advised to slow down, plan extra travel time, check conditions before driving, expect delays, and be on constant alert for icy patches and black ice on roadways. Take it slow when approaching intersections, off-ramps, and bridges – all are hot spots for black ice.