TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Gusty winds and steady rainfall blew through Tuesday. Drivers should continue with caution this evening as temperatures drop, as that rain will become a lot more dangerous.
WLFI meteorologist Cameron Hopman says although high temperatures Tuesday afternoon and evening reached the mid to upper-30s, the story won't be the same by midnight.
"The mercury will drop back down below freezing and we'll be faced with another round of wintry mix and even snowfall," Hopman said.
And according to Indiana State Police (ISP), most counties in north-central Indiana are under a winter weather advisory by the National Weather Service.
"Throughout the day, periods of snow fall and possible ice accumulation up to a quarter inch are being forecasted," ISP Sgt. Tony Slocum said.
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) got a head start on the icy activity Monday night, according to spokeswoman Debbie Calder.
"We had patrols out and a few trucks treating isolated slick spots overnight," Calder said. "We plan on monitoring the forecast throughout the day and will likely have snow plow drivers report back in (Wednesday) at midnight."
WLFI has received numerous Report!t messages about ice already freezing to trees, cars and other outdoor objects across the area.
As of just before noon Tuesday, no major accidents or slide-offs had been reported, but rain and sleet are slated to fall all day.
"This combination (of snow and ice fall) can cause visibility to be reduced and road conditions to change quickly," Sgt. Slocum said.
And that combination is only going to get worse overnight.
"The snow will last through the night and into (Wednesday)," Hopman added. "We're looking at between 1-2 inches of accumulation here in Lafayette, while our northeastern counties stand to receive as much as 3-5 inches before (Wednesday) afternoon."
That's why ISP suggests the follow tips for drivers.
• Before traveling, check the forecast and let someone know your travel route.
• Keep your gas tank at least half-full.
• Carry a winter driving kit that includes blankets, flashlight, extra batteries, a brightly colored cloth, sand (or cat litter), shovel, candle, matches, non-perishable high-calorie food, first-aid kit and jumper cables.
• Have a cell phone and charger cord available.
• Slow down on snow/ice-covered roads.
• Allow extra time to arrive at your destination.
• Clear all vehicle windows of ice and snow. Remove snow from hood, roof and lights.
• Use extra caution when driving across bridges, underpasses, shaded areas and intersections where ice is slow to melt.
• Avoid abrupt stops and starts. Slow down gradually.
Should you become stranded:
• Don't leave your car. It's the best protection you have.
• Tie a brightly colored cloth to your antenna.
• Roll down your window a small amount to allow fresh air in your vehicle.
• Keep the exhaust pipe free of blockage to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
• Don't panic. An idling car uses roughly one gallon of gas per hour.
For more information on traffic patterns and alerts, you can head to INDOT's website.
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