Road crews try to keep up with Indiana winter storm

Roads generally snow, ice covered

INDIANAPOLIS - Road conditions were generally slick and hazardous in central and southern Indiana early Friday morning as the first winter storm of the season moved into the state.

Road crews from the Indiana Department of Transportation, the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and county road crews were out all night, but the snow fell so heavily in some areas that it was hard for them to keep up.

Road conditions were generally worse in the southern part of the state, where snow fell more heavily during the overnight hours.

"INDOT will combat icy surfaces on state and interstate highways with treated salt to accelerate melting," the agency said in a news release. "Plow trucks will repeatedly clear lanes of snow until the weather event subsides."

Crews got a bit of a respite by mid-morning, but snow began falling heavily again later in the morning south of Indianapolis.

"More than 600 Indiana Department of Transportation salt trucks were out overnight through this morning treating the roadways and will continue to do so through these winter storms," INDOT said in a statement. 

Travel conditions were difficult, but there were few people on the road before 4 a.m. and the overall commute was lighter than normal. There were no serious weather-related crashes.

A few counties issued travel advisories. They include Shelby, Wayne, Fayette, Franklin, Sullivan and Knox counties.

A travel advisory means that motorists' routine travel may be restricted and that caution should be used on the roads.

"We've been monitoring the storm and we've been having conference calls with county officials and the National Weather Service," said John Erickson, of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

Numerous schools delayed or canceled classes for the day. The full list is here -- http://bitly.com/UgOXkm

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