Blowing, drifting snow creates travel concerns

Several counties under travel watches, advisories

INDIANAPOLIS - Blowing and drifting snow created hazardous travel conditions early Friday and several counties were under travel watches to keep motorists off the roads.

Crews were out in full force to tend to the roads and catch up from a winter onslaught of snow, wind and ice.

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Drifting snow was a concern for road and safety crews. The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office asked people to stay off the roads unless it was absolutely necessary. A travel watch was in place for the area until 7 a.m. 

"It’s just dangerous out there on the roads... especially on the side roads. Interstates like I said aren’t too bad. Coming up 37 is pretty snow-covered in the center and on the sides," driver Thomas Lake said.

As plows worked through the night to shove the snow aside, officials asked for help from motorists.

"Be aware of the plows because sometimes it’s hard for them to see the motorists and you know if they can get their vehicles off the road if they have off-street parking, please get them off the road. That makes it much easier," Noblesville Street Commissioner Patty Johnson said.

To keep travelers safe during the winter season, officers with the Indiana State Police have offered the following tips:

Be prepared:

  • Before traveling, check the forecast and let someone know your travel route
  • Keep your gas tank at least half-full
  • Carry a winter driving kit that should include blankets, flashlight, extra batteries, a brightly colored cloth, sand (or kitty litter), shovel, candle, matches, non-perishable high calorie food, first aid kit and jumper cables
  • Have a cellphone and charger cord
  • Slow down on snow/ice covered roads
  • Allow extra time to arrive at your destination
  • Clear all vehicle windows of ice and snow. Remove snow from hood, roof and lights.
  • Use extra caution when driving across bridges, underpasses, shaded areas and intersections where ice is slow to melt
  • Avoid abrupt stops and starts. Slow down gradually.

Should you become stranded:

  • Don’t leave your car. It’s the best protection you have.
  • Tie a brightly colored cloth to your antenna
  • Roll down your window a small amount to allow fresh air in your vehicle
  • Keep exhaust pipe free of blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Don’t panic. An idling car uses approximately one gallon of gas per hour
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