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Snow slows New Year's travelers

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Anthony Hunt Anthony Hunt
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LAFAYETTE -

Snow began falling around 7:00pm Wednesday night, and has been falling steadily ever since, making for some tricky driving conditions along State Road 26 and the stretch of Interstate 65 nearby. 

Even roads that are clear tonight could be slick in the morning.

Eyewitness News found two drivers on their way home after celebrating the New Year, both of them filling up at a gas station off the interstate in Lafayette.

Anthony Hunt and his family were heading home to Indianapolis from Chicago, while Brian Petraitis was heading in the opposite direction.

Both ran into snowy conditions on I-65 when they reached Lafayette Wednesday night.

"We got stuck behind a couple of salt trucks which slowed it up a bit," said Hunt.

"The roads are getting pretty bad.  I thought that they'd be out salting a little earlier since they knew that it was coming, but it doesn't look that way," added Petraitis.

"We've been on I-65 two hours, so it's taken us double the time," explained Hunt.

"It was actually really clear in Indianapolis and we started driving. And it's just starting to not being able to see the lines - just a lot of snow, just accumulating," added Petraitis.

Both men said they were ready to take the next few hours on the road as slow as they had to in order to get home safely.

"I haven't seen too many cars on the side of the road, so that's a plus. But it's a little bit crazy out there, but people are going careful," said Hunt.

"It looks like people are just trying to keep it under control and drive the speed limit," said Petraitis.

INDOT reported truck drivers came in at 5:00 p.m. to pre-treat and plow the roads once the snow started falling. 

A new shift of drivers comes on at midnight to get interstates and state roads cleared for the morning commute. 

INDOT reminded drivers to allow extra time for that commute.

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