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Snow causing problems with traffic light visibility


Aside from driving in the snow Wednesday morning, drivers also dealt with a problem with traffic lights.  The heavy, wet snow was blown into many southbound traffic signals, making it difficult to determine whether the light was green, yellow, or red.

"I was turning to go up north on Main, and when I had the green arrow, I went to turn and someone just went straight through the light, going south," says driver Brian Belting. "I hit my brakes and almost hit him. I kinda wondered if it had anything to do with the lights."

Belting isn't the only driver to run into the same problem.

"I was on my way into work this morning, about 7:30, and at first I thought the lights were out," says driver Ron Simons. "But once you got right up to them, you could see if they were green or red. But at a distance, you couldn't tell."

The Mishawaka Engineering Department says it's because the lights are now LED and don't put off heat to melt the snow on the lights.

The department says there isn't anything they can do to clear the snow. They simply don't have the equipment.

Because of this, the city says drivers should treat the trouble intersections as a four-way stop. They also warn drivers to slow down, especially when approaching an intersection.

The traffic light problem may have been a factor in a crash in Elkhart County that sent several people to the hospital.

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