Local residents prepare for winter storm

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email

Some local supercenters were packed with people stocking up with supplies before the storm.

Some of our viewers sent in pictures of shoppers grabbing those last-minute items so they will not have to go out in the storm.

INDOT says they have been planning how they will tackle the snow for days.

This new round of accumulation and below zero temperatures means crews will be out around the clock for the next three days at least.

Sub-zero temperatures make the salt less effective, so they will have to use different kinds of de-icers and chemicals.

While natives of northwest Indiana are used to snow, INDOT warns that this storm will be a force to reckon with.

“But we want to make sure that people understand this is a dangerous storm it’s not just the winds it’s not just the cold it’s not just the snow but combined over 3 days it could be a very dangerous situation - both on the roadways and walking outside for a brief few moments,” said Matt Deitchley, of the INDOT Northwest District.

And you can check out INDOT's Facebook page and Twitter feed for continuous updates on road conditions and what to expect if you must venture outside.

There are some important reminders as you prepare for the winter storm.

Keep a battery powered flashlight and radio handy.

Make sure you have bottled water in your home.

Be aware of potential fire and carbon monoxide hazards if you're using a fireplace or space heater for warmth.

Let the faucet drip to avoid your pipes freezing, and keep your car's gas tank full.

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