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[INDOT] High Water, Slick Conditions Possible This Weekend
Start Date: 12/20/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 12/20/2013
Entry Description

LAPORTE, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is warning drivers to be on the lookout for high water now, and potentially slick conditions later this weekend due to changing weather patterns in the forecast.

 

Friday/Saturday: More than a foot of snow has fallen in many areas of our Northwest Indiana District during the past week, and now above freezing temperatures and several inches of rain forecasted for this weekend is increasing the potential for high water on roadways.

 

INDOT crews will patrol state roads, and post high water signs or close roads as needed. But motorists need to practice extreme caution. If you come across a flooded roadway, turn around. Never drive through standing water. According to the National Weather Service most flooding deaths occur in automobiles. Six inches of standing water is enough to stall a car, and a foot of water will float many vehicles.

 

Saturday/Sunday/Monday: Temperatures are predicted to hover around the freezing mark Saturday night and into Sunday, increasing the chance for freezing rain and freezing drizzle. Precipitation may then change over to snow Sunday night, into Monday. These ever changing weather patterns could create hazardous, slick conditions on the roadways throughout the weekend.

 

Freezing rain and ice is dangerous for all drivers, because it affects vehicles of all sizes. Don’t expect four-wheel drive vehicles will have any advantage on slick roads.

 

INDOT crews are prepared to hit the road 24-7 to combat the high water, ice, and snow, but drivers should plan ahead for difficult road conditions throughout the weekend. Know the conditions before you head out the door, and avoid non-essential travel when road conditions difficult.

 

Drivers can monitor road conditions and traffic alerts across the state at any time. Visit www.TrafficWise.IN.gov or dial toll-free 800-261-ROAD (7623) for INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service.

 

For live updates during winter weather like us at Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest or follow us at Twitter.com/INDOTNorthwest.

Location Information:
Carroll County

Cass County

Fulton County

Jasper County

Lake County

LaPorte County

Marshall County

Newton County

Porter County

Pulaski County

St. Joseph County

Starke County

White County
Contact Information:
Name: Matt Deitchley
Phone: 219-325-7526
Email: mdeitchley@indot.in.gov
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