SOUTH BEND, Ind. Severe road conditions throughout the Michiana area is making it difficult for snow plowers and tow truck drivers to keep the roads clear.
Workers have been working since before dawn Sunday morning and have been busy removing snow and drivers struck on the snowy roads.
Observing traffic , road conditions and safe drivers determine how busy tow truck and plow drivers will be throughout the day.
It’s been a busy day so far and it seems like it will continue for the next couple of days.
Tow Driver Paul Estes says that, “the first day of heavy snow is normally the worst and it’s been non-stop all day.”
Snow plower Andy Sheely said, “Road conditions are terrible out there right now. I would say if you don’t have to be out on the roads then don’t.”
Strong words, but very simple advice.
It wasn’t the best day to cruise around town or even travel short distances. This type of severe weather restricts drivers from driving safely. Dozens of drivers have reported that they are struggling to stay on the road.
This turns to be a very busy time of year for the plowing and tow truck companies.
Local Rick’s 66 tow truck dispatcher Mark Edmonson said, “I’ve been here for about an hour and we’ve probably got about eight to ten calls in that amount of time. That’s significantly more than a normal snow day and this definitely isn’t a normal snow day.”
All five of Edmonson’s drivers were dispatched on calls helping cars get free from the snow.
Even tow trucks were helping snow plowers to get out of the snow.
As the snow continues to fall, so do the road crews, but with the severe weather that means the waiting time has increased.
Estes estimates that the wait time is almost three hours or even more.
With the colder temperatures dropping to below zero, the slippery snow underneath the roads will be more difficult to remove.
Although the main roads are down to one, barely visible lane, plow drivers say that they are doing the best they can do keep up with the roads.
According to plow drivers, every inch of snow that accumulates may delay better road conditions.
They are asking for more time to remove snow and improve driving conditions.
Sheely said, “Give us one more day to clean this up because we’re going to work all night and we’re going to work most of the day tomorrow once the weather conditions really get cold.”
Crews are still out working hard to clear the roads, but ideal driving weather will not be ready in the next couple of days once the temperature drops.
Tow and Plow truck drivers recommend driving slow, spacing yourself from other vehicles, clear all windows form snow and ice, be aware of your surrounds and most of all be a safe, defensive driver.
However, they urge drivers to stay off the road, unless it is necessary to travel.