INDOT prepares early for first snow

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 13, 2015)--We haven't even had our first freezing temperatures, but already it's time to start thinking about winter weather. On average, the first snow in Indiana falls on November 19.

INDOT has already begun stockpiling 51,000 tons of salt and thousands of gallons of brine and other deicers.

Last year, INDOT rolled out tow plows that can clear multiple lanes at the same time. This year, they're adding to that fleet to save Hoosiers time and money.

"Being able to clear both lanes at the same time makes it so drivers who may be changing lanes aren't experiencing a difference in pavement; so going from one lane that's clear to going to one lane that may have snow and ice accumulation on it makes it safer for the drivers in addition to the efficiency we see for our bottom line," said Nathan Riggs of INDOT.

Nationally, 1,300 people are killed each year in snow related incidents. Next week is winter weather preparedness week and INDOT says they'll post safety tips throughout the week to help keep you safe.

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