INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The wild late-March storm dumped up to 10 inches of snow in some places. It's also meant one more last trip onto the roads for many snow plow drivers.
Tom Haley's been crew leader at the Indianapolis Department of Public Works for a long time and said he can't remember it snowing this much at the end of March.
"I don't think it has, has it?" said Haley.
Even he wasn't expecting the snow that was dumped on Central Indiana.
"It needs to stop snowing for us to get where we want to be. We got a lot of roads out there," said Haley.
Luckily the snow that is falling is of the spring variety, much different from the dry, icy conditions of winter.
"It's heavier and it's wetter. It's easier to get off the road because it's wet," said Haley.
"It makes it easier for our motorists, as they're on the roadway, the more they drive, the clearer the roads get, too, so they're helping us even though they don't know it. While none of us wanted it to happen we're in really good shape," said Stephanie Sample, DPW spokeswoman.
DPW was in full force Monday. Ninety trucks were out plowing and salting. Normally, with more than 6 inches, they'd be joined by subcontractors who concentrate on residential areas.
Not this time.
"Usually in the winter, when we're used to seeing this accumulation, it's a given. We just call them in, but given this strange spring snow the temperatures are actually a little warmer, so the road temperatures are approaching above freezing now and things are starting to melt. So we decided not to call them in this time. We don't think it's warranted," said Sample.
So it's all up to Haley and his crews to get this strange blast of spring snow off the roads. And his crew has nicknamed the storm.
"Money Maker," said Haley, laughing.
DPW says they'll keep their full force on the roads until 9 a.m. Tuesday, at which time they'll re-evaluate and adjust their plan as necessary.
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