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FORT WAYNE â€“ The National Weather Service has declared a Winter Storm Warning for much of northern and eastern Indiana, with the heaviest snowfall predicted in a line from Lake Michigan to East Central Indiana.
Where the storm is expected to lead off with snow and ice, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) crews have already been treating roadways in preparation for the storm. Trucks also have begun pre-treating bridges, ramps and roadways with salt brine, an anti-icing solution.
INDOT will continue to monitor developing forecasts, as well as its statewide network of road and bridge pavement sensors, to deploy the needed personnel, equipment and materials ahead of any predicted accumulation. INDOTâ€™s top winter priority is to plow and treat its more than 30,000 lane miles of interstates, U.S. highways and state routes.
As the storm moves across the state, motorists may find themselves sharing the roadway with INDOT plows, especially during the evening commute. INDOT asks drivers to give snow plows room to operate. Donâ€™t tailgate or try to pass as the roadway will be clearer behind the snow plow than in front of it. Drivers are reminded to accelerate gradually, drive slowly, brake early and allow greater distance between your car and the car in front of you.
Motorists are encouraged to keep an eye on evolving weather forecasts. Plan ahead by visiting www.trafficwise.in.gov or by dialing toll-free 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) for updated Indiana travel information, including road conditions, road closures, construction information and other traffic alerts. For social media updates during winter weather, visit www.Twitter.com/INDOTNortheast and www.Facebook.com/INDOTNortheast.