Southern counties prepare for possible ice


KNOX COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – As of Wednesday evening travel conditions in Knox County were good.

Knox County officials suspect that will still be the case even as some of this snow melts off the roadway into water, even with the possibility of that water freezing. But county highway department is calling this winter weather storm a small victory.

Highway crews had the roads cleared just hours after the first snow fall and they say they’re ready for whatever happens next.

“There will be a fix slick spots, your bridges and over passes obviously,” said Randy Anthis, Knox County Highway Department.

The threat now for highway workers and safety officials will now be ice. Most of Knox County’s snow melted quickly but left standing water in some spots.

“The highways are pretty well cleaned off all the way, the secondary roads there’s a few slick spots,” Anthis said, “We got about 3 inches of snow and freezing rain on top of that” With all the frozen moisture, travel can then become a concern. The Knox County Sheriff’s office is and will continue to be all hands on deck. And they have a bit of advice for travelers. “It goes back to the old philosophy if you don’t have to be out, don’t be out,” Anthis stated.

But even for people who have to work and get out and about, a little bit of this — goes a long way. “Ya know the common sense thing should kick in, if it looks slick it’s gonna be slick, go slow, drive way ahead of yourself, don’t ride on somebody’s bumper, keep safe distances and drive defensively.” As far as travel advisories, Knox County remains at a watch Wednesday evening and that condition is not expected to change. Knox County emergency management told News 10 they can only issue a higher warning if county commissioners approve that and with the road conditions it doesn’t seem that will happen.

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