By Don Wagner firstname.lastname@example.org
11:01 AM EST, January 27, 2013
If you have to drive, you might run into some icy roads.
A Freezing Rain Advisory has been issued for all of the northern Indiana and southwest Michigan counties in the WSBT viewing area (except Van Buren County, Mich., which is under a Winter Weather Advisory).
The Freezing Rain Advisory is in effect Sunday from 3 p.m. until midnight.
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We’re expecting a mix of freezing rain and sleet during the afternoon hours, which should continue until the temperature rises above freezing late this evening. A period of mainly freezing rain is expected, which may result in an accumulation of ice on our roads, up to a tenth of an inch.
That’s enough to make driving rough.
The Indiana Department of Transportation is keeping its eye on the weather and says most interstates, U.S. highways and state roads are already pre-treated with salt from Friday’s snow.
Matt Deitchley of the LaPorte District says dozens of INDOT plow and salt trucks were already on the roads Sunday morning, making sure all areas were properly prepared for the freezing rain.
“Freezing rain and ice can be the most dangerous and difficult conditions for drivers and plow trucks because it affects vehicles of all sizes, including those with four-wheel drive,” said Deitchley. “Motorists are strongly encouraged to avoid non-essential travel within the times and areas where a coating of ice is forecasted to accumulate.”
You can monitor road conditions and traffic alerts across the state at any time. Visit www.TrafficWise.IN.gov or dial toll-free 800-261-ROAD (7623) for INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service.
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