Indy Snow Force already thinking about winter weather

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INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 4, 2013) – It’s still fall, but the Department of Public Works is already thinking about the winter to come.

Mayor Greg Ballard helped Indy Snow Force kick off the snow season Monday. Indy Snow force has more than 150 snow plows and other vehicles. The group’s 180 drivers will help plow and treat more than 6,000 miles of city streets.

The agency has also upgraded its weather monitoring technology to enhance how drivers track outside conditions.

“The system will allow us to tap into real time cameras across the country to see how storms are traveling into Indianapolis,” said Lori Miser, director of DPW.

The new system will send out special alerts as temperatures on the pavement drop, allowing crews to know exactly when to hit the streets. The city has more than 14,000 tons of salt stockpiled.