INDOT forces ready to tackle roadways during first winter weather of the season

INDIANAPOLIS - Although it’s not meteorological winter yet, there’s still frosty weather heading Indiana’s way Monday evening. That’s why the state wants to emphasize winter-weather driving safety this week.

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) said Monday afternoon it is focusing attention on what is likely to be the first statewide winter weather event of the season -- and it’s requesting that drivers do the same.

WINTER WEATHER | StormTeam 6 gets you prepped

INDOT said its drivers and supplies are usually ready for winter operations well in advance of Winter Weather Preparedness Week, which is not until Nov. 17. But, as you can see from StormTeam 6’s forecast, we’re slated to see some winter weather Monday and Tuesday.

“The first snow of the season typically brings a higher rate of crashes and slide-offs as some drivers become accustomed to driving in winter weather conditions,” INDOT officials said.

INDOT said drivers can cut back on these crashes and slide-offs by reminding themselves to drive slow and increase the distance between themselves and other vehicles -- especially INDOT’s yellow plow trucks.

Officials said INDOT’s Greenfield District (covering Indianapolis, Greenfield, Cambridge City, Tipton and Albany areas) is scheduling 97 drivers to patrol roadways overnight and apply anti-icing agents as needed.

Meanwhile, practically every other INDOT district in the state (especially the northern half) will be out all night doing the same.

Send your weather photos to us (mobile users: email to uReport@theIndyChannel.com or head to http://ureport.theindychannel.com/) and keep up on traffic information here (mobile users: http://www.theindychannel.com/traffic).

Parents can also find school closings here (mobile users: http://www.theindychannel.com/weather/closings).

Find updated road conditions at INDOT's website (mobile users: www.TrafficWise.IN.gov).

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