Hazardous Roads, Freezing Rain Forecast For Weekend

Jan 13, 2017

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Expect hazardous travel conditions due to freezing rain falling through the weekend in Greater Lafayette and Central Indiana.

The National Weather Service issued a freezing rain advisory from 7 p.m. Friday until 1 p.m. Sunday, warning drivers and pedestrians to think twice before heading outside.

Forecasters expect rain to change over to freezing rain Friday evening through Saturday morning with the overnight low temperature in the mid-20s.

A second round of freezing rain is expected Saturday night through Sunday morning.

Ice accumulations could range from 0.10” in Tippecanoe County up to 0.25” along the Interstate 70 corridor.

The Indiana Department of Transportation says its crews are ready to spray a saltwater brine pre-treatment before spreading salt.

Indiana State Police are asking drivers to postpone travel, or at least check current weather and road conditions before heading out the door.

That information is online at weather.gov, indot.carsprogram.org, in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory, or by calling 1-800-261-7623.

Also, a flood warning remains in effect for the Wabash River and White River.

At West Lafayette, the Wabash river level was approaching 14 feet on Friday evening. Flood stage is 11 feet.

The river is expected to crest at more than 14 feet early Sunday morning.

Some low lying areas, roads and parks, such as Tapawingo in West Lafayette, and Davis Ferry Park in Tippecanoe County may be affected.