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Indianapolis road crews prepare for first snowfall of season

Road crews prepare for Monday wintry mix

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Road crews are preparing for a busy Monday as snow and below-freezing temperatures make their way into central Indiana.

It is hard to imagine after the beautiful weather on Sunday, with temperatures in the 60s. In then next 48 hours, the Indianapolis area is anticipating near-zero windchills and snow.

Between the Indianapolis Department of Transportation and Indianapolis Department of Public Works, the city will have more than 130 snow trucks on the roadways by noon Monday.

“We have been preparing for this winter event, really since the beginning of October, which is earlier that we have done in years past,” said Mallory Duncan with INDOT.

Crews prepare for impending snow

Crews prepare for impending snow

Temperatures are expected to drop drastically, and precipitation in the forecast could make for messy roadways.

“Those bridges and overpasses will freeze a lot sooner than, let’s say, the mainline roads,” says Duncan.

Crews will start heading out to pre-treat and monitor roadways just before noon on Monday.

While snow is the large concern for the start of week, “It just kind of depends on what kind of precipitation we are seeing (whether) we are going to do brine first or salt,” says Duncan.

Dangerous temperatures will follow.

“On Tuesday, high temperatures are only going to be around 26 degrees. This is about 30 degrees below normal for this time of year, and 26 is actually the record low maximum or coldest high temperature. We could break a record,” said Storm Track 8 Meteorologist Tara Hastings.

“It can really be fast that your core temperature starts to drop, especially if that skin is exposed or you don’t have the heavy layers on,” said Carmel firefighter Tim Griffin.

Though it is earlier than normal to be worrying about winter weather, drivers need to be cautious.

“We have been used to orange barrels, not yellow trucks. So first time out there, give them space — more space than you would think,” said Duncan.

Everyone needs to make sure to bundle up as central Indiana takes on the winter weather season by storm.

“One of the most important things that people don’t think about but: You lose so much heat through the top of your head, so the kids need to cover up with the hat and keep those heads and face warm,” said Griffin.

DPW says they will send out 80 trucks at 11 a.m. Monday. They anticipate having crews out on the streets through Monday night and into the Tuesday morning commute.

INDOT is planning to have up to 65 trucks out from noon to 10 p.m.

Crews ask that drivers be cautious and courteous of the snow trucks as they work through this winter weather event.


Colder and quiet rest of the week

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A good 20° swing Wednesday morning with temperatures in the lower to mid 20s this morning with feel-like temperatures in the teens. it will be a clear start then brighter heading through the rest of the morning and the afternoon! Sunshine won’t help us out too much in terms of temperatures today. Daytime highs should warm to the upper 30s. Wednesday night will be a cold one with lows in the lower 20s with a partly cloudy sky.

Thursday will be another cold one with highs struggling to reach 30°. It’ll still be a bright one with a mostly to partly sunny sky. A slow warming trend will start Friday with highs warming to the upper 30s with a mixture of sun and clouds.

This weekend will be split with a chance of showers arriving late in the day Sunday. Highs will continue to warm to the mid-40s Saturday with a partly sunny sky. Clouds return Sunday with showers later in the evening and overnight. Rain will continue through Monday. Tuesday looks to be a dry day for now then showers should return by midweek with highs in the mid 40s.