As it happens: Updates on the winter storm

7:00 a.m. – Indiana State Police Pendleton District road report:

  • I-70 – Passing lane snow covered and slick, driving lane is slick, ramps are snow covered in Wayne County. In Henry County the driving lane is wet to slick in spots and the passing lane is slick, with ramps wet to snow covered. Troopers are currently working a semi crash with no injuries at the 153 west bound mile marker in Wayne County.
  • I-69 – Passing lane snow covered, driving lane wet to slick, especially north of the 24 mile marker.-Ramps are snow covered.
  • State roads are snow covered, with east west roads like SR44 in Fayette County drifting to one lane in places.
  • County Roads through the central part of the Pendleton District are snow covered with blowing and drifting.

6:30 a.m. – The following counties are under a travel advisory:

  • Decatur – Advisory
  • Delaware – Advisory
  • Grant – Watch
  • Hancock – Advisory
  • Jennings – Advisory
  • Madison – Advisory
  • Miami – Advisory
  • Parke – Advisory
  • Randolph – Warning
  • Shelby – Advisory
  • Tipton – Advisory
  • Wayne – Advisory

An ADVISORY is the lowest level of local travel advisory, meaning routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas because of a hazardous situation, and individuals should use caution or avoid those areas.

A WATCH means conditions are threatening to the safety of the public. During a “watch” local travel advisory, only essential travel, such as to and from work or in emergency situations, is recommended, and emergency action plans should be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies, and other organizations.

A WARNING means that travel may be restricted to emergency management workers only. During a “warning” local travel advisory, individuals are directed to:

  • refrain from all travel;
  • comply with necessary emergency measures;
  • cooperate with public officials and disaster services forces in executing emergency operations plans; and
  • obey and comply with the lawful directions of properly identified officers.

6:00 a.m. – The Grant County Commissioners have closed all county buildings due to inclement weather and road conditions.

Randolph County Government offices are closed, too. Non-essential workers are to stay home.

Current snowfall numbers as reported to the National Weather Service

  • Kokomo at 5:17 a.m. – 4″
  • Zionsville at 5:17 a.m. – 5″

5:15 a.m. – Current snowfall numbers as reported to the National Weather Service

  • Indianapolis International Airport at 5:10 a.m. – 3.7″

5:00 a.m. – Authorities in Randolph and Delaware Counties have issued travel advisories following overnight snow.

In Randolph County, a travel warning as been issued.  A Warning means that travel may be restricted to emergency management workers only. During a “warning” local travel advisory, individuals are directed to:

  • refrain from all travel;
  • comply with necessary emergency measures;
  • cooperate with public officials and disaster services forces in executing emergency operations plans; and
  • obey and comply with the lawful directions of properly identified officers.

Randolph County saw upwards of 8-10″ of snow overnight. Highway plow crews are having a tough time keeping roads open due to blowing snow.

In Delaware County, a Snow Emergency, level yellow advisory has been issued. Travel is permitted during a weather emergency and is limited to county roads. This advisory does not include state or federal highways. A yellow advisory is defined as:

  • Routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas because of a hazardous situation. Citizens should use caution or avoid these areas. Schools and businesses may begin to implement their emergency action plans.

3:45 a.m. – Current snowfall numbers as reported to the National Weather Service

  • Lawrence at 3:38 a.m – 4.5″
  • Fishers at 3:35 a.m. – 4.5″
  • Castleton at 12:50 a.m.- 4″
  • Plainfield at 3:40 a.m. – 4″

3:00 a.m. – Current power outage numbers:

  • IPL – 475
  • Duke – 348
  • SCI REMC – 90
  • I&M – Zero

Current accidents reported to the INDOT Traffic Management Center

  • EB I-70, Mile 74.7 — Assist motorist

2:00 a.m. – Current accidents reported to the INDOT Traffic Management Center

  • WB I-70, Mile 73.8 — Assist motorist
  • SB I-65, Mile 102.6 — Assist motorist
  • EB I-465, Mile 31.1 — Assist motorist
  • EB I-70, Mile 87.5 — Property damage crash
  • WB I-465, Mile 7.0 — Semi vs. passenger vehicle crash. Reported in median
  • NB I-65, Mile 92.0 — Crash involving a State Trooper

1:40 a.m. – INDOT TMC reports an accident on NB I-65, Mile 92 where a semi reportedly struck a State Trooper’s vehicle.

1:20 a.m. – Current power outage numbers:

  • IPL – 374
  • Duke – 1,390
  • SCI REMC – 90
  • I&M – Zero

1:00 a.m. – Current snowfall numbers as reported to the National Weather Service

  • Fort Wayne – 9″
  • Granger, Ind. – 5.9″
  • Muncie – 5″
  • Castleton – 4″
  • Greenwood – 4″
  • Marion, Ind. – 3.5
  • Tipton – 3″
  • Indianapolis International Airport – 2.9″

Current accidents reported to the INDOT Traffic Management Center

  • WB I-465, Mile 7.0 – Semi vs. passenger vehicle crash. Reported in median
  • EB I-465, Mile 20.7 — Slide off reported
  • WB I-465, Mile 4.6 — Semi accident
  • NB I-69, Mile 201.6 — Property damage crash
  • NB I-69, Mile 208.5 — Right lane blocked due to crash
  • NB I-65, Mile 101.4 — Vehicle struck highway lighting pole.
  • SR 44 in both directions, Connersville, Ind. — Road closure due to power lines down

12:00 a.m. Wednesday - The Randolph County Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency reported snowfall amounts nearing 10″. That heavy snow band was pushing west toward Muncie.

The Delaware County Emergency Operations Center reported the following road conditions: Roadway Status :
US 35, SR 3, SR 28, SR 67, SR 332, McGalliard, Tillotson, MLK, 29th, CR 600 W, CR 650 E, CR 700 S, CR 1000 N: Snow & Ice Covered
All speeds reduced to 20-30mph maximum. Visibility is approximately 1/4Mi

Several counties continue to be under various levels of travel advisories. Click here for a complete list of travel advisories.

Current power outage numbers:

  • IPL – 393
  • Duke – 2,058
  • SCI REMC – 90
  • I&M – Zero

Click here for Tuesday’s timeline

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