(VINCENNES) - A winter storm warning forecasting freezing rain, sleet, ice and snow means difficult driving conditions likely for motorists in southwest, southeast and central Indiana beginning overnight tonight.
The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to mobilize salt trucks and snow plows ahead of the advancing winter storm - which is predicted to track from southwestern Indiana to the Interstate 70 corridor across the central portion of the state. INDOT will combat icy surfaces on state and interstate highways with treated salt to accelerate melting. Plow trucks will repeatedly clear lanes of snow until the weather event subsides.
Because the front edge of the storm is rain, INDOT's best plan of attack is to treat the roads just before pavement temperatures drop and wintry mix begins to accumulate.
Motorists are advised to avoid non-essential travel. Ice will probably be the greatest threat to safety for the motoring public. Even four-wheel-drive vehicles have little advantage on icy pavements.
Drivers can monitor road conditions and traffic alerts across the state at any time by phone, web or social media. Visit www.TrafficWise.IN.gov or dial toll-free 800-261-ROAD (7623) for INDOT's TrafficWise Traveler Information Service. For social media updates visit www.Facebook.com/VincennesDistrict or www.Twitter.com/INDOTSouthwest .
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