March madness brings snow to Indiana

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News release from INDOT:

March Madness Brings Snow to Indiana
INDOT is prepared to deploy ahead of predicted weather

A winter-weather storm is expected to drop significant snow accumulation across the state today and tonight, Sunday and Monday, March 24 and 25. The National Weather Service has declared winter storm warnings or watches for most of Indiana, with the heaviest snowfall predicted across Central Indiana.

INDOT continues to monitor multiple developing forecasts, as well as its statewide network of road and bridge pavement sensors, to deploy the needed personnel, equipment and materials ahead of the predicted accumulation. There currently is a lull in the storm, but weather models indicate the next wave will begin mid-afternoon in West Central Indiana. After pushing east, INDOT expects moisture to lift to the north and enter the Northwest corner of the state by early evening. Snow should reach Northeast Indiana by 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

INDOT Fort Wayne District has all trucks fueled, plows attached and ready to deploy ahead of predicted snow accumulation. Crews will work 12-hour shifts throughout the storm until weather conditions subside. INDOT’s top seasonal priority is to plow and treat its more than 30,000 lane miles of interstates, U.S. highways and state routes.

Motorists are advised to take extra caution, as weather conditions could make for difficult driving. Allow extra time to reach your destinations safely and adjust driving according to the conditions. Slow down, maintain a safe distance from other vehicles, brake early and accelerate slowly.

As the storm moves across the state, motorists may find themselves sharing the roadway with INDOT plows. INDOT asks drivers to give snowplows room to operate. Don’t tailgate or try to pass, as the roadway will be clearer behind the snowplow than in front of it.

Motorists are encouraged to keep an eye on evolving weather forecasts and know the conditions before leaving. Plan ahead by visiting www.trafficwise.in.gov or dialing toll-free 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) for updated Indiana travel information, including road conditions, road closures, construction information, crashes and other traffic alerts. For social media updates during winter weather, visit www.Twitter.com/INDOTNortheast and www.Facebook.com/INDOTNortheast.

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