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INDOT offers tips
After INDOT officials first address ice on the roadways with a salt solution, they will deploy plows to remove the snow expected to follow.
Defensive driving and 4x4-equipped vehicles are typically enough to keep people safe on snow-covered roads.
“Drive with caution. Give your self enough travel time and give other cars and our snow plows plenty of space to operate,” a spokesman said.
According to a press release issued by INDOT, drivers can monitor road conditions and traffic alerts across the state by phone, web or social media. Visit TrafficWise.IN.gov or dial toll-free 800-261-ROAD (7623) for INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service.
The city’s eight salt trucks and 700 tons of salt are on stand-by and ready to go if and when the weather hits.
Jeffersonville Street Commissioner Clark Miles said Jeffersonville residents should be rest assured they’ll be out and trying to make the streets as safe as possible.
“We’ll be here all weekend if we have to,” he said.
The Floyd County Highway Department spent Thursday getting ready to begin spreading salt should the area be coated with snow and ice, according to Floyd County Emergency Management Director Terry Herthel.
Top Winter Storms from the National Weather Service
In light of the imminent winter weather event, the National Weather Service has put together some quick facts on the area’s worst past snow and ice storms. Of course, “worst” means different things to different people, and your own list may be different than what is shown here. This is just to give a general idea of some of the most impactful winter storms that Southern Indiana and central Kentucky have seen.
• Jan. 29-Feb. 2, 1951: Heavy freezing rain plus up to 9 inches of snow, especially in southern Kentucky, followed by temperatures as cold as 20 degrees below zero at Bowling Green.
• Jan. 26-28, 2009: Six to ten inches of snow and sleet in Southern Indiana and northern Kentucky, one to two inches of ice in central Kentucky.
• Feb. 15-16, 2003. Lexington and Frankfort glazed under one and a quarter inches of ice.
Top Snow Storms
• Dec. 22-23, 2004: Up to three feet of snow in Southern Indiana.
March 9, 1960: Heavy snow in central Kentucky, including 18 inches at Bowling Green.
Feb. 3-6, 1998: Up to 15 inches of snow, especially across
Jan. 17, 1994. Up to 15 inches of snow, followed by the coldest temperatures ever seen in Kentucky and Indiana.
Dec. 7-8, 1917. Up to 15 inches of snow.
Jan. 16-17, 1978. Half a foot of snow at Bowling Green, up to 14 inches along the Ohio River. Part of a very cold and snowy month.
— National Weather Service
A winter storm warning has been issued for Clark, Floyd and surrounding counties beginning at 10 p.m. today, the National Weather Service announced in an advisory. The warning runs through 1 a.m. Saturday.
The rain in the area today is expected to change to a wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain this evening. It should transition to snow during the Friday morning hours, according to the NWS office in Louisville.
The snow is expected to intensify Friday afternoon.
Snowfall accumulations are predicted at 4 to 8 inches across Southern Indiana.
Driving is expected to be treacherous starting tonight, with temperatures dropping and freezing wet surfaces, along with the freezing precipitation.
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BIG FOUR BRIDGE CLOSING
The Big Four Bridge, the pedestrian crossing over the Ohio River, will close about 4:30 p.m. today because of the threat of inclement weather, the Waterfront Development Corp. announced by email Thursday. It will remain closed until the ice has melted.