Freezing rain advisory extended to Sunday

Friday, January 13, 2017

The National Weather Service has issued a freezing rain advisory for Clay and surrounding counties.

The advisory goes into effect at 7 p.m. and will last through 1 p.m. Sunday, which a day longer than the advisory issued on Thursday.

The NWS reports that rain will mix with and change to freezing rain tonight. A brief mix with sleet is also possible this afternoon and evening.

Freezing rain will continue through Saturday morning and an additional round of freezing rain will be possible Saturday night and Sunday morning.

The NWS reports that freezing rain will result in hazardous travel conditions, especially on bridges, overpasses and untreated roads. Ice accumulation up to .15 to .20 inches is possible

Indiana Department of Homeland Security tips for severe weather

Weather reports are predicting the potential for a variety of weather conditions across the state, including freezing rain and ice. Some of the main risks are downed power lines and potentially unsafe travel conditions.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security, Indiana State Police, Indiana Department of Transportation and the National Weather Service are advising Hoosiers to be ready to keep a close eye on weather and road conditions and make some basic preparations.

Monitor Conditions

Stay in touch with dependable weather sources. These include the National Weather Service: http://www.weather.gov/.

Before deciding to drive, check road and traffic conditions at http://indot.carsprogram.org, 800-261-ROAD (7623) or by turning on the traffic feature on a mobile mapping app. County governments post color-coded travel advisories on the Homeland Security website at http://in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory.

The state homeland security travel advisory map is also available for mobile devices. Search for Indiana Travel Advisory app for iPhone (https://appsto.re/us/QHVw4.i) in the App Store, and Android (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.in.traveladvisory) in the Google Play Store.

State, county and city law enforcement officials remind citizens that the best sources for accurate road and weather information are the links included in this release, as well as local radio at TV news stations. Please do not call police agencies to ask about road conditions. Avoiding such calls helps keep phone lines open for true emergency calls.

Is Travel Necessary?

Hoosiers should carefully consider if travel is necessary during times of bad weather. Can travel be delayed? Sometimes travel is better during daylight hours when ice is more likely to melt.

If travel is necessary, let someone know the route, expected time of arrival and how to make contact. Charge cell phones before leaving. For safe driving tips, go to http://in.gov/isp/3253.htm.

If stranded, do not leave the car unless there is a better shelter within view nearby that can be easily accessed. While in a vehicle, even while stranded, continue to wear seat belts. Call for help. If unable to call for help, tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna for rescuers to see. Run the engine for 10 minutes every hour to stay warm and keep the exhaust pipe free of blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

Make a Car Preparedness Kit

Gather these supplies for vehicles in the event travel is necessary.

Cell phone and mobile device chargers

Bottled water

Shovel

Sand or kitty litter

Extra blankets

A hand crank flashlight or battery powered flashlight with extra batteries

Booster (jumper) cables

Nonperishable food, such as high protein snacks

First-aid kit

For more winter weather preparedness information, visit GetPrepared.in.gov, isp.in.gov or indot.in.gov.

To keep up with developments on social media, for state homeland security visit https://www.facebook.com/IndianaDHS or @IDHS on Twitter​. For INDOT, visit: http://bit.ly/INDOTsocial. For ISP, go to http://in.gov/isp/.

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