The ever-changing weather patterns in Northwest Indiana have the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) warning drivers of slick conditions over the weekend.
Some areas of Michiana had more than a foot of snow over the past week, but some has melted away with the recent rising temperatures. That, combined with forecasts of rain, increases the potential for high water on local roadways.
INDOT crews will patrol roads and post signs as needed, but they encourage drivers to practice caution. They say that if you come across a flooded roadway, you should turn around. They also advise to 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.
Over the weekend, temperatures are predicted to hover around the freezing mark, bringing an increased chance of freezing rain. That may change to snow Sunday night and into Monday, creating hazardous conditions.
Drivers can monitor road conditions and traffic alerts by visiting www.TrafficWise.IN.gov or by dialing toll-free 800-261-7623 for INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service.