The governor of Indiana declared a state of emergency in dozens of counties today.
Hazardous conditions caused a number of problems for those on the road.
First the snow, then then icy conditions shut two major highways: I-80/94 from the Illinois border to Michigan City and I-65 from Gary to Lafayette.
The roads are now open, but hazardous conditions remain.
Snow barricades and orange cones at 65 South and 80/94 warn drivers to stay out. At Ridge Rd, an Indiana Dept of Transportation worker makes the barricade higher, but it didn’t stop one driver, who lost his bumper trying to plow through the snow.
And that is why people were told to stay off the roads. If you break down, your life could be in danger.
Hoosier helpers were out all along the highways seeing if people needed assistance.
InDOT released a statement this afternoon saying, “As of 3:30 p.m. Central Time/4:30 p.m. Eastern time driving conditions have not improved dramatically on all interstates, U.S. highways, and state routes, despite a full call-out of INDOT crews in Northwest Indiana, due to drifting snow and subzero temperatures. INDOT crews are working long, 12-14+ hour shifts in dangerous conditions to clear the way. But high winds continue to cause snow to drift, making previously cleared roadways impassable. Other roads have been cleared, but hard-pack snow and ice is creating extremely icy conditions.”
They also tweeted I-65 closed is closed again between US 30 and mile marker 172, Lafayette.
Indiana State Police, the National Guard, the Dept of Transportation and even Homeland Security are working on the weather emergency.