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Monitor weather forecasts and road conditions before you travel

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December 10, 2016

By: Tom Maloney, Lakeshore Public Radio

Merrillville – The National Weather Service is forecasting a winter storm to begin moving across the state this afternoon, causing a variety of challenging conditions for motorists. Winter weather advisories have been declared for counties along Lake Michigan and Indiana’s northern border.

As motorists travel north, rain will transition to wintry mix then snow, with higher snow totals forecast for northern Indiana. Precise locations, timing and accumulations of rain, snow and ice will depend on the exact track of the storm system and temperatures.

Weather forecasts continue to develop, and the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will continue monitoring forecasted and current conditions in order to deploy its yellow trucks ahead of snowfall and freezing temperatures.

Drivers often aren’t prepared for winter driving – especially early in the season – and forget to take it slow. The first snow events of the season typically bring higher rates of crashes and slide-offs as motorists get re-accustomed to driving in winter weather.

  • Reduce speeds. Remember, “ice and snow, take it slow.” Nobody should be driving summer interstate speeds in winter weather. Plan plenty of time to reach your destination safely and be patient. Don’t put yourself and others in a dangerous situation by being in a rush.
  • Keep a safe distance. Make sure your vehicle is following at a safe distance to stop. Do not tailgate, especially around snow plows, and try not to pass. Give snowplows room to work, and “don’t crowd the plow.”
  • Pay attention. Avoid all distractions and focus only on the task of driving safely. Be aware of your surroundings, drive defensively and be alert for others who are not driving safely.

INDOT urges everyone with weekend travel plans to Know Before You Go. Continue to monitor developing weather forecasts and road conditions for the latest updates before deciding to drive.

The National Weather Service offers an easy and convenient graphical forecast tool at digital.weather.gov.

INDOT offers links to many winter weather resources, including road condition information and winter driving safety tips, at winter.indot.in.gov.

Subscribe to receive text and email alerts about INDOT projects and services at http://bit.ly/INDOTsubscription.

Find links to INDOT’s regional Facebook and Twitter pages at http://bit.ly/INDOTsocial. INDOT will be providing snow and ice removal updates with posts tagged #INDOTWinterOps.

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