Blowing wind and freezing temperatures cause dangerous driving conditions


With all of the travel advisories, it's no secret that the roads are treacherous.

Emergency management officials from several counties are encouraging folks to stay home if they can.

There were several travel advisories from counties saying that it wasn’t the amount of snow that we received today causing problems for drivers but the high winds and arctic temperatures.

Drivers were facing white out conditions.

By noon in St. Joseph County at least a dozen roads had been shut down because of drifting or too many slid-offs.

“There's a lot of tactics we use in these conditions but unfortunately the conditions the way they are its very difficult to keep roads clear and let alone not icy,” says INDOT spokesman Matt Deitchley. “So we use salt and we can use liquid deicer, sand and other abrasives. There are a lot of tactics we use but bottom line no matter what we do these roads are slick and snow covered.”
Also this weekend parts of the by-pass were closed.

INDOT had problems when drivers were going around the barricades to still drive along the road, then plow drivers couldn't clear the road and were busy pulling cars out.


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