BENTON CO., Ind. (WLFI) – Snow and gusty winds made driving conditions difficult in Benton County Wednesday morning. Although the winter storm didn’t dump a lot of snow, Benton County Sheriff Butch Pritchett said the blowing and drifting reduced visibility.
“Especially this morning, before it got light out, visibility was limited. The snow plows hadn’t come out yet, and we had a layer of ice and slush on the roadways,” said Pritchett.
The poor weather conditions caused numerous slide-offs, including three semis. Pritchett said the county issued a Travel Watch hoping to limit the amount of travelers.
“We haven’t had any crash damage to the vehicles, just basically sliding off,” said Pritchett.
Benton County Highway Department Supervisor Kevin Brost said the drifting snow left east and west roads in bad shape, but said the County Highway Department is not planning to plow, unless there’s an emergency.
“We’ll just end up tearing up equipment, throwing stone off and doing more damage than good,” said Brost.
Instead of using salt and sand, Brost said it is better for the roads to let the snow melt with warmer temperatures in the forecast.
“We’ve already done just a little bit of experimenting this morning. We got out on one little black top and went a short distance and the edges of the road are very soft. And in doing that we were tearing the road up,” said Brost.
“Welcome to Indiana because the weather is going to change every five to 10 minutes,” said Pritchett.
Temperatures are predicted to into the single digits Wednesday night, and untreated roads with melting snow may freeze. Pritchett said it could cause slick spots and areas of black ice on roads Wednesday night into Thursday morning, so travelers should drive slowly and use caution.