Pence Asks INDOT to Prepare for Storm
February 4th – Indiana governor Mike Pence is asking road crews to use the calm before the storm as time to prepare for more snow across the state. Pence issued a press release today asking the Indiana Department of Transportation to “ready itself for a full callout” as another round of wintery weather is expected to begin Tuesday afternoon. Pence says “We encourage Hoosiers to follow county travel advisories and not to put themselves or their local emergency responders in harm’s way.”
According to the release, the full callout includes more than 800 yellow plow trucks working alternating 12-hour shifts on state highways before the storm moves through to treat roads with salt. Each plow route takes 2 to 3 hours to complete. INDOT reminds drivers to reduce speed based on conditions and give room to INDOT’s yellow plow trucks so they may safely clear interstates, U.S. highways and state roads and maintain regular service of routes without delay.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch from 1 p.m. Tuesday until 1 p.m. Wednesday, with new snow accumulation of up to 9 inches predicted in northern and central areas of the state. Regions further south could see a wintry mix of snow, sleet or ice accumulations affecting travel.