The Indiana State Police in Lowell will begin clearing abandoned vehicles from Interstate 65 and 80/94 in advance of the approaching weather system forecast for this weekend. Troopers will begin removing vehicles left along the roadside Friday, January 18th. Contrary to the usual practice of tagging abandoned vehicles for two hours within I-80/94 and I-65 or 24 or 72 hours for abandoned vehicles in other areas, all abandoned vehicles, regardless of allotted time, will be towed. These vehicles will be towed to reduce the risk to other drivers and to allow snow removal equipment to safely clear the roadways. All major highway systems in the seven county coverage of the Lowell District will be given priority. If your vehicle is towed from one of these locations contact the Lowell Post at 219-696-6242 for assistance with locating it. The State Police also stated, “Please prepare now for the inclement weather that is forecasted. Have a full tank of gas, fill your windshield wiper fluid, and be equipped with blankets, ice scraper, water, and a fully charged cell phone. Clean your car/headlights/taillights of snow/ice. If you don’t need to make a trip postpone it. If you need to make a trip allow extra time to get to your destination, reduce your speed, and leave an appropriate amount of space between yourself and other motorists”.