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INDOT Readies Snow Plows Ahead of Winter Storm

Officials at the Indiana Department of Transportation have been tracking this winter storm for more than a week.

Officials at the Indiana Department of Transportation have been tracking this winter storm for more than a week.

A "wintry" mix has been falling across the Wabash Valley throughout the day Thursday.

Officials believe that precipitation could cause some problems down the road, because its not allowing them to pre-treat the roads ahead of the snow and ice.

Snow plow drivers for the City of Terre Haute are ready to hit the streets.    

Drivers there will be working 12-hour shifts.
     
The first team is scheduled to come in Thursday at 7 p.m.
   
Their focus throughout the storm will be on the main and secondary streets. 
   
INDOT has been tracking this storm since before Thanksgiving.
   
They department will have as many as 20 drivers on the road during this storm in the Terre Haute area.
   
Back-up drivers have already been called in.
   
Everyone will be working twelve hour shifts. 
   
This storm is presenting some unique challenges for INDOT.

"Getting rain in front of a system like this does present a challenge for us because we typically like to go out and pre-treat the roads with our mixture by adding that salt mixture to the roadway in advance it gives us an edge when it comes to fighting the storms. Having that salt already on the roadway, when the percipitation begins to fall it melts instead of forming that bond and freezing ice to the road," Cher Elliot, INDOT spokesperson said.

To get information on the latest road conditions visit www.trafficwise.in.gov or gettingaroundillinois.com.

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