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VERBATIM: Travel in many Indiana counties restricted to emergencies only

– The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) advises motorists that travel conditions tonight and tomorrow are expected to be difficult and to abide by local travel advisories, avoiding travel if possible.

All counties in Northeast Indiana are currently under a “Watch” or “Warning” status, limiting travel to essential or emergency purposes, respectively. To see an updated map of county travel advisories provided by each county’s emergency management agency, go to http://www.in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory.

According to the National Weather Service of Northern Indiana, the region has received up to a foot of snow accumulation since this morning. Temperatures will plummet well below zero through the night, and sustained winds in the 20 MPH range with gusts stronger than 40 MPH are expected to bring wind chills of near -40 degrees.

While crews are working hard and continue to make great efforts to keep interstates, U.S. highways and state roads open and as safe as possible, overnight winds and temperatures will not be favorable for substantial improvement of roadway conditions. Motorists who choose to drive should be aware and prepared.

INDOT will maintain a full callout of plow truck drivers, alternating 12-hour shifts, to treat and plow snow accumulation and areas of blowing and drifting as long as necessary.

The Indiana State Police and other law enforcement agencies encourage the public to keep its phone lines open for emergencies and to access road conditions at http://indot.carsprogram.org/ or by dialing toll-free 800-261-ROAD (7623).

For INDOT updates on Facebook, like the Indiana Department of Transportation: Northeast or follow @INDOTNortheast on Twitter.

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