Indy had easier snow battle than last time

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indianapolis Department of Public Works says the latest round of snow proves one thing: Every snow storm is different.

More than 7 inches of snow fell in Indianapolis Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Indy Snow Force crews worked throughout the night and all day Wednesday to clear the roads.

By mid-morning, downtown streets were a mixed bag. Some were still snow-covered. Others were clear.

Commuters’ reactions to the morning drive were a mixed bag too.

“The roads actually weren’t too bad. Getting out of my neighborhood was a little tricky, but once I got out to the main road and the interstate I thought they were pretty well cleared,” said Grant Clapacs, who drove into Indianapolis from Geist.

“(Highways were) very slick. Smooth with ice, dark kind of ice. It was treacherous. Trucks going way too fast,” said Patrick Nielander, who drove into Indianapolis from Brown County.

Overnight it was business as usual for Indy Snow Force crews — 98 drivers covering 375 routes. Timing and temperatures for this storm ended up favoring road crews.

“It stopped in the middle of the night, which gave us a chance to get some of that cleared. We didn’t have those sub-zero temperatures to fight against. That really does make a difference,” said DPW’s Lesley Gordon.

Remember that Jan. 5 snow storm? It’s a hard one to forget. The roads were a nightmare for days. Bitter temperatures kept the road salt from melting the snow. This time the salt worked much faster. Drivers noticed. But some wondered when the plow trucks would get to their street.

“Right here in the center (of the city) it’s great, but Delaware is a little snowy just past the highway. It’s interesting how they can get this clear but not that clear,” said Indianapolis resident Matt Keen.

On the south side of town, Greenwood resident Stacee Short said roads were looking much better compared to the big January storm.

“I know the last one was really rough, especially on Southport and that’s around where we live, but this time it wasn’t as bad,” Short said.

All of the snow coupled with the freezing temperatures will continue to tear up the roads.

DPW says crews are focused on fixing any “tire busting” potholes they can. Once the streets are cleared of snow, they will get back to patching up the smaller ones. That will be a mammoth task. 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 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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