2nd round of snowfall makes for dangerous driving conditions in Evansville area

2nd round of snowfall makes for dangerous driving conditions in Evansville area

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Many of the roads across the Tri-State were snow-covered Thursday morning, and many of those roads are still slick, especially in Evansville.

14 News Reporter Tanner Holbrook was out early Thursday morning in Evansville, where he says he saw snowplows out working. It’s important that people continue to give them some extra space when out and about.

Deputies with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office closed down a part of Red Bank Road Thursday morning to help a motorist who slid off the roadway.

They shut down both north and south-bound lanes of Red Bank from the Lloyd Expressway to Hogue Road.

Deputies have since reopened the road, but ask drivers to avoid that area due to the dangerous conditions.

14 News also checked in with Vanderburgh County’s Central Dispatch to see how things have been going throughout the morning.

Officials say between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. Thursday, they responded to 24 calls across the county for incidents like slide-offs, cars stuck in the median, or just cars needing a push to get off some of those side streets.

However, the good news is there were no reported injuries in Vanderburgh County on Thursday morning.

14 News caught up with a few drivers out on the roads Thursday afternoon.

“This is actually the first time I’ve been out, other than to walk to the mailbox,” says Gary Lynn of Vanderburgh County. “The side roads are still pretty bad, especially in spots and some of the intersections are bad, but the main roads where I drove were clear.”

The message was the same from many drivers Thursday - the main roads in the county looked pretty good.

“St. Joe Avenue was clear,” says Steve Stratman of Evansville. “Moore Road was clear.”

Officials at the Vanderburgh County Garage say the main roads and highways were Thursday’s focus for all 12 crews, working since 11 p.m. Wednesday night to clear the roads.

“Better today than it has been the last few days,” says Stratman.

“It’s nice to be out,” says Lynn. “After several days of being inside, that was pretty difficult.”

Officials at the garage say starting Thursday, the focus will shift to side streets and subdivisions, after some well-deserved rest.

“Oh yeah, those guys, they deserve some kind of award, besides the pay they get,” says Lynn. “They really have gone above and beyond, I believe that.”

Nine-year-old Destin Worland ventured into Evansville from Elberfeld Thursday.

“So what we are doing it buying some materials to make a sled,” says Destin.

Even though he did not drive to The Home Depot, he says it was an easy trip.

“The roads were pretty clear,” says Worland.

The snow that fell overnight very powdery, which our meteorology team says can actually reduce visibility.

According to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security travel map, almost all of our Indiana counties are still under a travel watch. This means only essential travel, like to and from work, is recommended.

The only county that isn’t under travel watch is Dubois County. However, the county is under a travel advisory, which means to use caution while driving the roads.

In Indiana, people can call 1-800-261-7623 for more information on road conditions.

Indiana State Police told 14 News there was an accident with minor injuries on 41 near 550 South in Gibson County, which is near Toyota Indiana.

Indiana Department of Transportation crews reported 2-4 inches of new snowfall Thursday morning.

Sgt. Todd Ringle with the Indiana State Police has been reporting poor driving conditions on I-69 in Gibson County. He tweeted, saying the passing lane is completely snow-covered.

Sgt. Ringle is also urging drivers to slow down and drive responsibly.

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