Beware Slick Roads During Friday Commute
By Mike Perleberg
(Aurora, Ind.) – There will be less traffic on the roads with most area schools closed today, but it could still be a difficult Friday afternoon commute.
The National Weather Service says temperatures will drop through the day, bringing the possibility of freezing rain this afternoon and evening.
The precipitation is likely to change over to snow overnight, with two to four inches of accumulation by Saturday morning.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in place for our area from 10:00 Friday morning until 10:00 Saturday morning.
So far this morning, the roads in SE Indiana are wet but in decent shape. This could change at any time. No major crashes to report. Let’s keep it that way.
— Sgt. Stephen Wheeles (@ISPVersailles) January 12, 2018
The Indiana Department of Transportation Southeast District had a full call-out of plow trucks Thursday. Thirty-one trucks were treating state highways in the Aurora subdistrict, such as U.S. 50, State Road 1, and Interstate 74. Thirty-three more trucks are out in the Madison subdistrict.
“State highways and interstates will be treated continuously with granular salt along snow routes during tomorrow morning’s ‘rush hour’ to minimize iced-over pavements,” INDOT spokesman said. “INDOT officials advise motorists to leave early, drive slowly and be on constant alert for icy patches and ‘black ice’ on roadways.”
Drivers are urged to give plow truck drivers plenty of room to maneuver, stay out of driver “blind spots” and allow ample time to make the trip and arrive safely.