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State Police Roads still perilous: Slow down

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Not a TV commercial: An Indiana State Police unmarked police pick-up tows a semi and trailer up an incline on I-70 near Indianapolis Tuesday. (Indiana State Police photo)

Indiana State Police troopers in the Lowell District--comprised of Porter, Lake, LaPorte, Newton, Jasper, Pulaski and Starke counties--were busy on Tuesday responding to numerous crashes, slide-offs and spin outs.

“Extreme icy conditions persist on all roads due to the subzero temperatures,” the ISP said. “And because of the cold temperatures we also have the formation of black ice. This phenomenon occurs every year with the winter weather yet some motorists forget this fact and don’t change their driving behaviors.”

Black ice causes moisture to freeze rapidly, creating a thin, transparent layer of ice on the roadway. It’s dangerous because it’s difficult to detect and may catch drivers off guard.

Bridges, overpasses, underpasses, and ramps can be all be treacherous as well.

Road salt, moreover, is less effective in these subzero temperatures, and icy roads should be expected throughout Northwest Indiana until the temperatures moderate, probably today, and conditions become more favorable for chemical melting agents and plows.

Motorists who must travel should proceed slowly, the ISP said. “The majority of (Tuesday’s) calls for service were due to drivers traveling too fast for road conditions.”

For the latest information from the ISP, visit its new webpage dedicated to the snow storm at This page will flow much like a blog and will be in operation throughout the duration of this inclement weather situation.

For Indiana road conditions call (800) 261-7623, or visit the Indiana Department of Transportation website at

In partnership with the Governor’s Office, INDOT, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, the Indiana Department of Education, and the Red Cross, more information is available at


Posted 1/8/2014