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INDOT prepares for up to 4 inches of snow

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): With more snow on the way, INDOT is preparing salt trucks all across Indiana.

Our region has seen unusually warm weather. In the first 69 days of winter (starting December 1st), Fort Wayne has seen the 3rd warmest average temperatures on record, averaging 34.1 degrees. Only 1932 (36.8) and 2002 (34.6) were warmer.

The National Weather Service is calling for snow showers to be spread out over the next few days with 4 inches of snow between now and Thursday. As colder air moves in, slick spots will still be possible on untreated roads tonight.

(Photo Supplied/ National Weather Service of Northern Indiana)
(Photo Supplied/ National Weather Service of Northern Indiana)

They call them “snow squalls,” which are localized snow combined with wind gusts up to 25 mph. Areas could see them during this storm, which will impact traveling.

INDOT says they have dispatched 315 yellow salt trucks this morning to prepare for the upcoming snow. They also say to be prepared if you see a “wall” of snow:

  • Before you depart, fully clear off your front and rear windshields and side mirrors.
  • Choose direct routes instead of longer trips on higher-speed roads and highways.
  • Take your foot off the gas and turn off cruise control, especially on high-speed highways. No one should be traveling at interstate speeds during winter weather. Law enforcement will be writing citations for drivers going faster than conditions merit and putting others in harm’s way.
  • Use your low-beam lamps if your vehicle is equipped.
  • Increase following distance so you can barely see the taillights of any vehicles in front of you.
  • Turn on emergency flashers if you are stopped or traveling slower than other vehicles.
  • If you need to stop, try to exit or turn off the main highway. If you must stop on the shoulders, pull as far away from the travel lanes as possible.
  • Regularly fill your gas tank and charge your mobile phone.
  • Apply anti-lock brakes firmly. Pump brakes that are not anti-lock.
  • Do not overcorrect with steering.

Before you travel, check back with WOWO Radio on the latest road conditions. You can also find the latest travel status from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security on-line.

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