Indiana braces for winter weather wallop

Heavy snow expected north of Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS - Most of Monday was rain-free in Indianapolis, but cities and towns across central and northern Indiana are preparing for a possible mix of rain, ice and heavy snow, and the timing of the storm couldn't be worse for thousands of commuters.

This latest storm is expected to dump heavy snow from Hamilton County northward, and commuters are concerned about predictions for a coating of ice before snow.

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In Hamilton County, a mix of rain and sleet fell Monday ahead of the storm affecting the nation.

While this storm is tricky to predict for forecasters, it's also tough for city and county highway departments that have to know when to lay salt down so the rain doesn't wash it away first.

Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard said his city is getting ready.

"We have 60 plus plows ready to go to put down salt once we know the rain's stopped, and then plow snow if we need to," Brainard said.

Hoosier Charlie Lang owns a landscape company that operates four plows, and he's preparing a game plan too.

"When we get 2 to 3 inches of snow, from there we'll pick it up and won't stop until we have every lot cleared that we're contracted with," he said.

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