NORTHWEST INDIANA – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is warning drivers of potentially hazardous road conditions lasting Tuesday evening through Thursday evening due to high winds and the challenges that historically low wind chills will present to plow crews in clearing roadways. Wind chills reaching -40 and below are expected to severely limit, if not negate, the effectiveness of salt and de-icers spread by INDOT crews to combat slick spots. The extreme temperatures are also expected to cause challenges in keeping some INDOT vehicles and plows operational. As a result, INDOT crews will be limited in how effective they can be at fighting back blowing and drifting snow and slick conditions.
Indiana drivers are strongly advised to stay off the roads, if possible. If you must be out, expect slick and snow-covered conditions throughout the next 48+ hours, with INDOT’s limited ability to improve conditions. Drivers must drive slow and expect hazardous conditions. Again, INDOT strongly advises all drivers to stay off the roads in northwest Indiana through Thursday, if possible.
Drivers in Northwest Indiana can monitor road closures, road conditions, and traffic alerts at any time via the District’s social media channels: www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest or Twitter @INDOTNorthwest. Or visit http://www.trafficwise.in.gov for INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service.
SOURCE: News release from Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT)