The first winter storm of the year will certainly cause travel issues for residents in the Evansville / Tri-State area this weekend. If you must get out this weekend, keep these numbers handy to check road conditions in your area before heading out.

Authorities are reminding residents in both Indiana and Kentucky to NOT call 911 for information on area roads. These types of calls tie up lines that need to remain open for actual emergencies. If you are involved in an accident, whether it be with other vehicles, or hazardous conditions cause you to slide off the road putting you in a life-threatening situation, then by all means call 911 so rescue crews can come help you out. If you're simply sitting at home and want to run to the store, then call one of the following numbers, or visit one of the following websites to check conditions in your area before getting out in the mess.

Indiana

Phone: 1-800-261-ROAD (7623)

Website: http://indot.carsprogram.org/main.jsf

Kentucky

Phone: 511 or 1-866-737-3767

Website: http://511.ky.gov/kyhb/main.jsf