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Can You Survive The Snow?

Traffic is bad enough without a little snow on the ground. What happens when the weather gets dicey?

Did you hear? It’s snowing! Aren’t the flakes luscious! Isn’t the holiday spirit grand? Frost bite? Just rub some bacon on it.  Oh look, you’re in stopped traffic on inbound I-65 because of a three-car pileup in the right two lanes. Better get comfy and hope the heater doesn’t go out.

Really, the traffic has been bad enough without snow on the ground, so who knows what kind snowpocolypse could develop around the Circle City when the weather gets tricky. The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) offered a few tips on how to keep four wheels on the road when driving through the white stuff:


  • Learn about current and forecasted weather, as well as roadway conditions before driving. Plan ahead. INDOT offers many resources at to help drivers be prepared.


  • Nobody should be driving summer interstate speeds in winter weather. Ice is possible any time temperatures are below freezing. Be cautious even when temperatures are shown to be near 32 degrees Fahrenheit.


  • Make sure your vehicle is following a safe distance to stop. Do not tailgate, especially around snow plows.


  • Avoid all distractions and focus only on the task of driving safely. Be defensive and alert for those who are not driving safely.

If I may, I’d like to add a couple to list.


  • This may be a little extreme. Let’s just say don’t text or drive, or take pictures of yourself while navigating a moving vehicle. You’ll be ridiculed. Disowned.  Maybe deported.


  • My friend’s dad told me that your gas tank can freeze if it's below half a tank. Is that true? I don’t know, but having lots of gas is better than a little bit of gas – I’m guessing.  Have you ever been stranded on Kokomo Bypass? Not a toilet in sight.


  • Aw man, this is a good one. Windshield wipers that are functional will not only keep snow off your windshield, but also RAIN. I love these things. I use 'em when the sun is out.  Helps block the light.


  • Always keep a change of clothes in your trunk, even if it’s not snowing. You never know where you’ll wake up.

Indiana State Police Sergeant John Perrine and Wayne Township Fire Captain Michael Pruitt put together this helpful video for the first snow of the season.  Give ‘em a follow here and here:

All pretty good stuff, right? Maybe obvious? Then again, I’d never seen an afternoon quite like a Thursday in December, when no snow or rain was to be found. In fact, it was kind of a beautiful evening.

Traffic got ugly from jump street. Here's what happened, courtesy of @WIBCTraffic:

It started with an overturned semi:

Then a crash on southbound I-65:

Then a crash gagged traffic downtown:

Look!  Southbound I-65 CLOSED:

Downtown streets flooded with traffic because of the earlier crash:

Then we wrecked on the north side:

...And one more crash downtown, because why not:

And finally...

We don't need snow to turn the city into a junk yard, so try and be extra careful when the snot gets slick.  

Keep your chins up.  Be well.


Matthew Bair drives perfectly in the snow because he lives in an ice box.  He's the new voice of Indianapolis traffic, and can be followed on Twitter @WIBCTraffic. Tips? Call direct at (317) 684-8134 or the 93 WIBC Newsroom at (317) 637-6397.

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