Snowy commute for workers during travel watch

WLFI File Photo
WLFI File Photo

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)- “The roads were terrible, even what I consider in town because I live out in the country,” Clinton County resident Amy Hysong said.

“I actually went off the road at one point into a snow drift,” Fountain County resident John Keys said. “Famous last words. I said ‘there is no way I’ll get stuck.'”

Drivers in Tippecanoe County woke up Wednesday morning to a travel watch, meaning only essential travel is encouraged such as going to work. Amy Hysong and John Keys were heading to work or taking family members to work. They both fought the snow that fell Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

“This is an all-wheel drive vehicle, but it didn’t matter because of the ice underneath,” Hysong said.

“The roads were terrible on the way in,” Keys said. “We brought [State Road] 26 all the way over from Fountain County.”

Sheriff’s deputies said they worked fewer slide-offs overnight compared to January’s snow storm. So, they think people listened and stayed off the road.

“If they are not out on business or some kind of work movement, and they are not moving around, they have already gone to the store and picked up the essential supplies for the storm and gone home,” Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Lt. Dan McGrew said.

Another reason to stay off the roads is so plows can clean them up, and get you on your way.

“If [residents] can stay put [at home]  it really helps us out, because trying to work around the traffic is very difficult,” West Lafayette Street Commissioner Dave Downey said. “If there is no traffic we can get the snow off the street quicker.”

After another round of snow, some drivers are thinking a similar thought.

“My wife was ready for spring the day after Christmas,” Keys said.

“I’m ready for spring and maybe I’ll move to Florida. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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