VINCENNES — Indiana Department of Transportation Vincennes District's yellow salt trucks are deployed throughout southwestern Indiana ahead of the snow expected Friday evening.
Forecasts statewide call for up to 7 inches of snow in some areas, with the event expected to begin around midnight and continue through Sunday morning. The Vincennes District expects to see 3-4 inches of snow mixed with ice, however, forecasts warn of the potential for higher accumulations.
Crews have been out pre-treating this week for frost. Residual material from those pre-treatments coupled with new material being put down for this event is expected to give INDOT crews a good head start, according to an agency news release.
INDOT will have about 100 drivers reporting between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. district-wide. Each route takes two to three hours to complete with salt assisting in melting between passes. Pavement temperatures are expected to stay above freezing for most of the event, which will help keep roads wet. The brine treatment is expected to help keep roads from re-freezing, but patrols will be out spot treating any potential slick spots.
Drivers often aren’t prepared for winter driving - especially since this is the first major snow so far this winter- 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.
Motorists can learn about highway work zones and other traffic alerts at indot.carsprogram.org, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone.