Snow, cold temperatures hit the Wabash Valley

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – As cold temperatures and snow rolled into the Wabash Valley on Monday, local community members have their thoughts on seeing winter-like weather.

“I just felt kind of shocked,” said Spencer Hurford, ISU student.

“I was thinking about all the people that don’t really have vehicles and all that and have to get back and forth to work, and this and that, and how it’s cold out there for them,” said Cody Wilson, Terre Haute resident.

While some say they are embracing the icy conditions, others say they will be doing their best to make sure they stay warm and out of the cold.

“It’s kind of like the weather where you just want to sit indoors and kind of watch TV by a fireplace,” Wilson said.

One group that will not be able to avoid the winter weather are local road crews.

Officials from INDOT say early Monday afternoon crews began plowing and salting roads and this expected to continue into Tuesday.

“We had a crew come in today at noon and we will have another crew of our snow plow drivers come in at midnight,” said Debbie Calder, West-Central INDOT communications director.

Calder says during the day on Monday, warm ground temperatures kept the snow from sticking to the roads. As temperatures are expected to drop overnight on Tuesday, road crews are working to make sure conditions are not icy for drivers.

“We will utilize salt and treat it with usually a calcium chloride to help when the temperatures get low,” Calder said.

Calder says INDOT crews typically work 12 hour shifts when snowy or icy conditions are present.

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