Hoosiers gear up for post-Christmas storm

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It’s the first big winter weather event in nearly two years and Hoosiers traveling during this holiday are starting to plan ahead.

While some drivers say they haven’t had a bad trip so far, many are starting to worry about the drive back.

Bill Irmiter and his family made a stop in Indianapolis during their two-day road trip from West Palm Beach, Fl. to Chicago.

“It’s a 21-hour ride from where we live,” said Irmiter. “Last year we got caught a little bit on the way home.”

With a winter storm expected to hit the area after Christmas, many are wondering if they’ll make it back home.

Crews are planning ahead. Indy Snow Force spent much of Friday maintaining its trucks, also adding extra manpower over the weekend to salt bridges around town.

The Indianapolis International Airport says they still have extra supplies from last year’s mild winter to de-ice runways. Its biggest concern is if major hubs run into delays or cancellations.

“A few years ago, the roads were icy. They closed down the expressway and it was a mess,” said Peter Gatsch, who was driving through Indianapolis. “We’re going to be real careful on the way back. Safety first.”

“We’re not going to drive in it. It doesn’t make sense,” said Irmiter.

Road crews say they’ll continue to monitor the weather before they make any changes.