Extreme cold, black ice potential hazards for Wednesday commute

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Snow-covered roads are a problem for Hoosiers, especially in rural areas or neighborhoods that did not get plowed.

INDOT said the interstates are mainly dry. Patrol crews will be out on Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning watching for blowing and drifting snow, with heavy winds expected. Roads across central Indiana will still require caution for drivers and school district.

By Tuesday night's drive home, some Indianapolis streets were clear, while others gave way to slipping and sliding.

"We're going back over the routes again and clear the slush and snow that remains on the roadways," said Scott Manning, with Indy Snow Force.

Indy Snow Force has a full crew of 90 drivers taking over on Tuesday night at 11 p.m. They will be putting down salt to protect against black ice. That's the main concern on city streets, but the wind could cause problems in Marion County.

"In those open areas of the county, we may see some snow blowing and drifting across roadways," said Manning.

Drifting snow is expected in rural areas, too. CBS4 found stretches of road still snow-covered in Boone County on Tuesday night.

Lebanon Community School Corporation operated on a two-hour delay Tuesday because of the road conditions. The district will also operate on a two-hour delay on Wednesday morning.

"You also don't want to take a chance of putting a school bus say, out on a county road and having it stall or having it fail to operate properly, and then you've got a bus full of kids on a cold bus," said Dr. Robert Taylor, Superintendent.

Taylor said about 40 percent of the district's students live in rural areas, the others in Lebanon city limits. Sometimes the road conditions can be drastically different. Taylor said the cold will play a part on Wednesday, more than a snowy street. School buses can have difficulty starting in extreme cold.

"Tomorrow's situation will be compounded by having extremely cold temperatures," he said.

Bottom line, wherever your morning drive takes you, the advice is to take it slow.

"Give yourself some extra time," said Manning.

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