Monday snow makes for messy start to the week

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – Slick roads led to multiple crashes and slide-offs throughout the area Monday morning.
About an inch in accumulation was seen overnight on top of existing snow, that made for very slippery conditions.  Another round of heavy snow is predicted around mid-morning and gusty winds will cause blowing and drifting snow that could reduce visibility.

Snow is expected to continue throughout the day, with 2 – 4″ in total.

A dry but frigid forecast on tap for Tuesday and Wednesday with highs only in the teens and lows near zero.

When on the roads Monday, remember that bridges, overpasses, and ramps will generally be slicker than main roads. Give yourself lots of stopping distance between you and other vehicles. And of course, if you encounter city or INDOT trucks, give them lots of space to do their jobs.

If you need to travel today, keep these tips from AAA in mind for driving in winter weather:

-Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.

-Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.

-The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.

-Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, the best way to stop is threshold breaking. Keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.

-Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.

-Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed downhill as slowly as possible.

-Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.

-Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors.