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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Indianapolis IN
630 AM EST Tue Nov 14 2017

This week is Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana. How should
you drive when snow occurs? What should you do if stranded by a
blizzard or ice storm? Are you weather ready?

When Winter Storm Warnings or Winter Weather Advisories are issued
consider changing your plans before you leave. If you travel,
provide others your planned travel route, expected arrival time,
and a phone number to be reached at.

The Indiana State Police reminds drivers the following: always obey
all posted signs; adjust vehicle speed according to weather, road
and traffic conditions; allow plenty of space between vehicles for
extra stopping distance necessary when roads are slippery.

The Indiana Department of Transportation reminds you to keep a safe
distance behind snow plow operators. If salt is hitting your
vehicle, you are following too close. Avoid passing snow plows on
two lane roads. Also keep in mind bridges and overpasses often
become icy first. Snow and blowing snow can cause sudden
restrictions in visibility. Remember, ice and snow, keep it slow.

If you are stranded in a snow or ice storm stay with your vehicle as
it provides dry shelter and protection from the cold and wind. You
are also more likely to be found with your vehicle than if you leave
it to seek shelter. Walking even a short distance in blinding snow
storm may quickly get you lost. Damp clothes and bitter wind chills
quickly lead to frostbite or hypothermia.

While stranded with your vehicle, run the motor and heater just
enough to warm the vehicle. Keep the exhaust pipe snow-free and a
window open slightly to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Make your
vehicle more visible by attaching a bright colored cloth on the
antenna. At night, turn the dome light on.

On Wednesday we will look at winter weather safety considerations
for schools.

Visit getprepared.in.gov for more information about winter safety.

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