Gov. Holcomb, INDOT declare Winter Weather Preparedness Week

Much of Indiana experienced an arctic blast last week, and some saw measurable snow.

Although temperatures are leveling out out for early November, the Indiana Department of Transportation urges Hoosiers to be prepared as winter approaches.

Gov. Eric Holcomb proclaimed Nov. 5 to 11 Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana.

Along with the National Weather Service and other agencies, INDOT is encouraging the traveling public to use this week as a reminder to take steps to prepare for potential hazards that come with winter weather.

For safe travel, INDOT offers the following tips:

  • Slow down and adjust travel to conditions, especially on snow-covered roads.
  • Never tailgate or drive beside a snowplow, as the driver’s visibility may be limited. If you must pass, do so carefully.
  • Be prepared in case of a crash and becoming stranded. Always carry an emergency kit in your vehicle with food, water, a phone charger, sand or cat litter, flares or bright LED alternatives, a flashlight and blankets.
  • Keep your vehicle full of gas and check your battery, fluids and spare tire.

Throughout winter, snow, ice, freezing rain and fog all present travel challenges. Roads can become slick, even after pretreatment and regular treatment during and after a storm.

Winter operations crews monitor forecasts several weeks out and prepare for winter storms based on the type of precipitation, conditions leading up to an event and extended forecast following a storm. If conditions allow, roads are pretreated with salt brine and are regularly treated with rock salt. In colder temperatures, salt and brine alone take longer to activate. Environmentally friendly chemicals may be used if necessary to boost effectiveness.

Snowplow drivers typically work 12-hour shifts during a storm and on average take two to three hours to complete a full route. INDOT has prepared for winter operations by hiring seasonal snowplow drivers, completing training with current staff, inspecting equipment and securing materials, like salt.

For information about road conditions during a winter storm, visit to view INDOT’s TrafficWise map or download the app on your Apple or Android device. Other ways to stay connected include subscribing to INDOT News via GovDelivery and following INDOT on social media for regional information and additional resources. Roadway concerns may be reported to INDOT customer service at

Motorists may stay informed by getting updates on INDOT projects and programs via Facebook:; X: @INDOT; TrafficWise: 511in.or through a mobile apps. Visit iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store for Android.