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December 13, 2013

Purdue advises caution for weekend travel in wake of forecasted snow

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for central Indiana, including Tippecanoe County. The warning goes into effect at 7 p.m. Friday (Dec. 13) and continues through 6 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 14). 

Final examinations for the fall semester are wrapping up, and many students will be traveling for winter break. In addition, the university will welcome visitors for winter commencement ceremonies, scheduled for Sunday (Dec. 15) in Elliott Hall of Music. 

University public safety officials urge those planning to travel to or from campus this weekend to be cautious on the roadways.

Travel tips from the Indiana State Police include:

* Check the forecast

* Notify family and friends of your travel route

* Allow extra time to get to your destination

* Clear your vehicle of snow and ice before leaving

* Keep your gas tank full, if possible

* Keep your cell phone charged

* Have an emergency kit 

The Indiana Department of Transportation offers updates on road conditions by phone at 800-261-7623 or on its Traffic Wise website (http://www.in.gov/indot/2420.htm). 

"If you must be on the road during the forecasted storm, plan accordingly," said Carol Shelby, Purdue's senior director of environmental health and public safety. "Don't be in a hurry and avoid distractions while driving. We want everyone to have a safe trip home, and we look forward to your return to campus in 2014."