Indy Snow Force preps for winter weather

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 16, 2015) —Indianapolis city leaders said  they are ready for the first snow of the year, whenever that may be.

Historically, the average first snowfall of the year happens on November 19th, which is only three days away.

“We’re not really sure when the first snow event is going to hit the ground, but we are going to be prepared," Indianapolis Department of Public Works Administrator Anthony McDaniel said. “We have manpower and the equipment to fight whatever event may come up on the horizons.”

The department has more than 100 pieces of equipment and more than 25,000 tons of salt on hand to treat the 6,900 lane miles of road in Indianapolis.

“Our main priority is the main thoroughfares and connector streets," McDaniel said. "Our job is to keep the city moving on a day-to-day basis in inclimate weather, so we want to make sure those main arteries are open first before we can move into our secondary roadways.”

While city leaders say they are ready for winter weather, McDaniel advises you to keep a safety kit in your vehicle, check your tire pressure and make you sure you have a full tank of gas before this year's first snowfall.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said he notices the first snow the of the year seems to catch people off guard.

“For some reason on that first snow people don’t think there’s snow on the ground. They don’t realize there might be ice underneath," he said. "And they are traveling summer speeds or driving like that. There’s always a lot of accidents on that very first snow.”

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