Locals dreading another snow-covered commute Monday

Snowy neighborhood (WISH Photo/ John LeSage)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The record snowfall this season has been a headache for just about every mode of transportation service. Unfortunately it’s only going to continue.

Despite it being cold the past few days, the sunny skies and longer days have helped ease many of Indiana’s winter woes. Even the snow blocking bus stops is nearly all gone – for now.

With a picturesque sky shining over the streets of downtown, it looks like we’re in the middle of the spring season if not for the frigid temps forcing people to stay bundled up.

“I’m very grateful for the sun right now,” said Sydnee Gilland.

“I’m ready for it to warm up,” smiled Andrew Nevill.

“I’m counting down the days to spring,” joked Gary Cooper.

According to the meteorological calendar, February 28 is the last day of winter. But with 6 to 10 inches of snow expected in the first week of March, it appears Mother Nature doesn’t listen to meteorologists.

“When it comes to riding the bus, this has been the worst,” Cooper said about this winter season.

He rides an Indy Go bus every day. For the past few, he’s actually been able to enjoy curbside pickup. But a clear sidewalk likely won’t be there Monday morning when plowed snow will pile up.

“Sometimes you have to actually climb over the snow bank, walk into the street to get on the bus,” he said.

Speeding around on two wheels won’t be much easier.

“I’m not looking forward to it at all, no,” groaned Gilland. “This is the worst winter I’ve experienced being a biker.”

She says her solution is staying home.

Nevill won’t have that option Monday morning when he walks to work – his only way to get around town.

“I should probably get my snow boots out if there’s going to be that much snow in the morning,” he said.

Hoosiers will be forced to layer up in the coming week.

“Walking around in dress clothes, it’s not always the nicest to be trying to trudge through a bunch of snow.”

Even though driving might be the easiest way to commute through snow, it will still be difficult Monday morning.

Salt trucks will be pre-treating city streets starting Friday night in order to get ahead of big storm Sunday. Plow trucks will be working around the clock through Monday.

Just the thought of another commute that creeps along has drivers annoyed.

“Oh I don’t like that,” said driver Sheila Shiplet. “That’s going to be kind of crucial for me trying to go to work, but when you work at a hospital that’s a medical operation and you got to be there.”

“It’s better to stay home if you don’t have to get out. They’re talking about having the ice first and then the snow so that makes it even worse,” said driver Grover Ahler.

City leaders said they’ll be monitoring the storm system as it approaches.

If the weather warrants any dramatic changes, such as closing city offices or declaring travel advisories, we’ll likely learn about that on Sunday. The biggest piece of advice city leaders have for drivers is plan ahead for Monday. Hoosiers are told to leave early if you can. The roads will be slick, especially to the south where ice is expected.

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