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Mayor and DPW Director: Stay Home If You Don't Have to Be Out

It's the biggested expected snowfall since January 2014.

INDIANAPOLIS--The snow event that is expected to start early Saturday could continue to affect central Indiana through Monday morning, when melted snow could refreeze in time for the Monday morning commute. As the snow accumulates Saturday, you're being asked to stay home, if you don't have to be out.

LINK: Follow DPW's De-icing, plowing and pre-treating efforts

"If you don't need to be out on the roads this weekend, please leave them clear for your own safety, as well as our plows and emergency vehicles," said Mayor Joe Hogsett, at a Friday news conference at the city's Emergency Operations Center.

Director of Public Works Dan Parker echoed Hogsett's request.

"Please stay home and watch the game and stay off of the roads if possible. Limiting unnecessary travel during a snow event helps our crews be more effective and keeps everyone safer," said Parker.

Parker said DPW will have 80 trucks our to pre-treat the main streets with salt, and those trucks will plow the main streets when the snow starts to accumulate. He said if you do have to be out, and you encounter plows, give them room to work.

"We'll be working through the snow event, and that includes our forestry team members who will deal with any downed tree limbs," said Parker.

Hogsett encouraged people to check on elderly friends and relatives, and make sure they have heat and are safe.

You can follow the DPW's progress, including a map of which roads and streets have been treated at www.indy.gov\snow .

PHOTO: Chris Davis/Emmis

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