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Issued by NWS Indianapolis, IN

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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Indianapolis IN
630 AM EST Tue Nov 15 2016

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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