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February 21, 2013

Drivers urged to be cautious on icy roads

ANDERSON, Ind. — Weather and public safety agencies were urging central Indiana residents to evaluate whether they need to travel in inclement conditions that hit the area late Thursday and were expected to last through this morning.

The winter storm weather system is expected to be the final major snowstorm of the season. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory and a hazardous weather advisory Thursday afternoon for all of central Indiana.

According to the NWS, a mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain will spread east across the state. Accumulation of 1 to 2 inches of snow is possible by tonight, causing roads to become slick and icy.

According to a release from the Indiana Department of Transportation, salt trucks were out in full force in an effort to prevent snow and ice from accumulating on lanes. The INDOT Greenfield subdistrict, which some of Madison County is part of, scheduled 28 salt truck drivers to report Thursday and a fresh shift to take the wheel at midnight.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security suggests that leaving extra time and having a mindset of courtesy and defensive driving will help make roadways safer for everyone.

Anyone who does need to drive should have a readiness kit with basic items like extra clothing, food and water, batteries and a flashlight, officials said in a press release.

Drivers should also make sure they leave with at least a quarter tank of gas in case of emergency.

The threat of freezing rain will by over by mid-morning today, and temperatures are expected to rise next week, according to the NWS. There is a chance of snow Tuesday and Wednesday.

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