INDOT prepares for weekend winter storm

LAPORTE, Ind. (WNDU) - “We're always ready to roll,” INDOT Northwest Media Relations Director Adam Parkhouse said. “This is one of those storms that we saw coming a ways out.”

At the Indiana Department of Transportation's Northwest District office, crews were already out on the roads Friday evening.

“We expect to have a full callout once this thing gets rolling,” Parkhouse said. “So, that basically means every available truck that we have is going to be out on the roads.”

A full callout means that close to 180 trucks will be on the roads.

In South Bend, the city expects to have 60 of their vehicles working to clear the roads.

Given that the storm will mostly be coming on Saturday, INDOT says the best thing you can do is to stay home.

“If you must be on the road, we can't emphasis this enough, slow down,” Parkhouse said. “Posted speed limits are too fast in weather like this. Really increase those following distances between you and the vehicle, so that if someone has to stop suddenly, there's room.”

Most of Michiana is expecting to see 4 to 8 inches of snow, but that isn't the biggest concern.

“One of the particular challenges with this storm is how windy it's going to be,” Parkhouse said. “Obviously, the temperature is going to drop. We expect that to happen. More after the storm rolls in. We got this cold air coming in behind it.”

With the colder temperatures, the St. Joseph County Health Department wants everyone to take extra precautions, including:

- Be prepared with extra supplies in case you lose power.

- Avoid prolonged times outside and dress warmly.

- Eat and drink wisely, as caffeinated drinks cause you to lose body heat.

- Avoid extreme physical activity.

- Monitor inside temperatures in case you run into a problem with your heating source.