01/20/14 NORTHWEST INDIANA â€“Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) crews are pretreating roads today and prepping equipment ahead of heavy lake effect snow thatâ€™s predicted to fall in our Northwestern Indiana District.
Current weather forecasts show snowfall beginning tonight and continuing through tomorrow. A clipper system is expected to bring 1â€ť-2â€ť+ of snow to the entire Northwest Indiana District. But more concerning is the lake effect snow expected to start tonight. Parts of Lake and Porter County could see 12â€ť+ of new snow over the next 24 hours. Surrounding counties could see 6â€ť+ of new snow during that time.
At the height of the storm, snow could fall as quickly as 2â€ť-3â€ť per hour, making it extremely difficult for INDOT crews to stay ahead of the storm. Motorists should expect difficult driving conditions, and should avoid nonessential travel. Always give snow plows room to safely do their work, adjust speed according to weather and road conditions, donâ€™t follow too closely, and brake early and slowly.
INDOT crews will be on the roads 24 hours a day, in alternating 12 hour shifts, as long as necessary to ensure roadway conditions remain as safe as possible during winter weather.
Drivers in Northwest Indiana can monitor road conditions and traffic alerts across the state at any time via the Districtâ€™s social media channels: www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest or Twitter @INDOTNorthwest. Or visit http://www.trafficwise.in.gov for INDOTâ€™s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service.