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Icy roads cause issues for central Indiana drivers

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A Winter Weather Advisory has been extended until noon Sunday for most of Indiana. We’re expecting another round of freezing rain, sleet and snow.

Travel conditions will become increasingly hazardous around 5 p.m. and later in the Indianapolis area. Drivers should avoid traveling unless absolutely necessary Saturday night.

Friday night and Saturday morning, massive pileups and wrecked semis clogged central Indiana interstates, trapping motorists in their vehicles for several hours.

The Indiana Department of Transportation says drivers are encouraged to stay off the roads to allow access for salt trucks and emergency vehicles. Drivers that must venture out in these conditions are urged to go slow and make room for INDOT crews.

Around 600 yellow salt trucks were deployed ahead of the freezing rain, snow and ice.INDOT says low temperatures caused pavements to remain well below freezing, causing the rain to freeze on contact. Freezing rain and ice are the most dangerous of all winter road conditions because it affects all vehicle sizes and types, including those with four-wheel drive and INDOT’s own salt trucks.

Hamilton, Hendricks and Henry counties in central Indiana declared orange travel watches, meaning that conditions threaten public safety and only essential travel is recommended. An additional 25 Indiana counties declared yellow travel advisories.

All IPS activities, including athletic practices and contests, were cancelled Saturday due to inclement weather. Butler University’s winter commencement was also pushed back two hours.

Drivers can monitor road conditions and traffic alerts across the state at any time at http://www.TrafficWise.IN.gov. Track the timing of the snow on our Indy Weather Authority app. Download it in the Google Play store or on iTunes.

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