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INDIANAPOLIS – Preparations are now underway for the first accumulating snowfall of the season from now through Saturday. The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) reminds motorists to be cautious while traveling this weekend.

The National Weather Service is predicting approximately 1-3 inches of snow Friday night into Saturday. Crews have been monitoring weather forecasts and pavement temperatures and brining the roads this week in anticipation of this weekend’s snowfall. Brining roads before snowfall prevents snow and ice from bonding to paved surfaces, enabling easy removal. The first snow of the season typically brings a higher rate of crashes and slide-offs as motorists get re-accustomed to driving in winter weather.

Know before you go:

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

Reduce speeds:

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.

Keep a safe distance:

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

Pay attention:

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

Stay informed:

Follow @INDOTEast on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Subscribe to receive text and email alerts about INDOT projects and services at alerts.indot.in.gov.

Learn about highway work zones and other traffic alerts at indot.carsprogram.org, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone.