Road crews, shoppers spend Saturday preparing for snow storm

Snow preps (WISH Photo/ Nick Nebesny)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Hoosiers took Saturday to load up on the essentials on the eve of another large snow storm.

But while they rushed around Saturday, INDOT crews have been rushing around all week trying to get out in front of this system.

It’s tough to see with the naked eye, but all state highways and roads have been pre-treated with salt brine, a process that started several days ago. But the mad dash to grocery stores hit its peak between Friday and Satuday.

Weaving through the madness at a west side Kroger, it’s easy to see this wasn’t your average Saturday crowd.

“It’s usually not like this,” groaned shopper Kim Pennington.

Bare spots were forming in the bread and milk section, forcing workers to quickly restock the popular snowed-in groceries.

And according to some customers, the rush isn’t Mother Nature’s fault.

“It’s the news media. Everything, that’s all we hear is the storm is coming, the storm is coming,” joked Janice Read. “And so we’re prepared. We have water, we have bread, we have fruit. We’re good.”

Salt might not be on her list, but it’s the number one ingredient for keeping Indiana’s more than 30,000 highway lane miles from turning into ice rinks.

“When snow or ice starts to form it won’t stick to the pavement, therefore it’s kind of easy to push off,” Harry Maginity of INDOT.

We might want to see snow, but Maginity would actually prefer the white powder instead of the rain drops.

“If it has a wet front edge to the storm, we’re going to lose a lot of that pre-treatment and ice is something that is very difficult to deal with,” he said.

That same thought applies on the streets of Indy, where crews spent the morning pre-treating pavement as well.

Both departments thinking ahead, something Pennington wishes she would have done before loading up her cart.

“I will never get the hang of all this snow and going out with crazy people, ever,” she said.

Maginity says crews will hit the road around midnight in the southern part of the state, closer to Louisville. That’s also where he’s more worried about those rain chances washing out the salt brine on the roads. 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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