Plow Trucks Called Out, Weather Advisory Given to Area Communities

February 6, 2018

 

Winter is mid-swing and for the WKM Viewing Area, the National Weather Service is expecting a low pressure system that will move into the region from the southwest.

Colder air in the low-levels will allow for a wintry mix of rain, sleet and freezing rain to develop over northern Kentucky and Southern Indiana tonight and early Wednesday.

This advisory remains in effect until 1:00PM Wednesday and difficult travel conditions are expected, especially during the morning commute on Wednesday.

Total snow accumulations of 1 to 2 inches and ice accumulations of 1/10 to 2/10ths of an inch are thought to be on their way.

The Indiana Department of Transportation plow/salt truck drivers are on full call-out tonight (FEB 6) across the entire Southeast District—from Corydon and Sellersburg to Madison and Aurora, to Greensburg, Greenwood, Columbus and Bloomington.

Overnight weather promises freezing rain and icy conditions along the Ohio River with potential for several inches of snow throughout the centrals and northern parts of the district.

Most of INDOT Southeast District’s 170 plow trucks will be dispatched to designated snow routes by 9 p.m. and all will be patrolling state highways and interstates by midnight.

All subdistrict garages will be staffed with mechanics until the snow/ice event subsides.

Here’s a list of subdistricts and their plow call numbers:

MADISON SUBDISTRICT              34 plow trucks

AURORA SUBDISTRICT               34 plow trucks

BLOOMINGTON SUBDISTRICT   34 plow trucks

COLUMBUS SUBDISTRICT         34 plow trucks

FALLS CITY SUBDISTRICT          34 plow trucks

Also according to the the Hoosier state department, all Indiana highways have been pre-treated with brine or have residual salt in place.

Forecasters anticipate wet conditions at the front edge of tonight’s storm that could wash away any existing ice inhibitors, which means granular salt will be continuously applied—until no longer needed—as plow trucks make their runs.

INDOT officials ask that motorists give the yellow trucks plenty of room to maneuver, follow at safe distances and stay out of operator “blind spots.”

Drivers may encounter slick conditions or snow-covered/wheel-tracked stretches of roadways, depending on developing weather patterns.

As usual, the latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by dialing 511.