11 PM: Winter storm update

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Snow totals through 4AM Wednesday morning.

4:00 AM- Snow totals continue to come in this morning with the highest totals southeast of Indianapolis along I-69.  Light to moderate snow continues to fall.  The largest snow total right now comes from Winchester with EMS there showing 9 inches of snow.  Officially Indianapolis has seen 3.5 inches of snow.  The heaviest of the snow is now behind us.  An additional inch of snow will be possible through 8:00 AM.  Highs today will inch just over freezing but shouldn’t be warm enough for us to see too much melt off through the day.

11:00 PM – Snow falling steadily over the city.  Amounts in the city approaching 3″.  Storm southeast of Indiana as heavy bands still rotate from east to west.  Amounts have jumped in the northeast – central Indiana with 6″ in Muncie, 5.5″ Alexandria, 4.8″ Marion.  Heavy band of snow is pushing southwest from Ohio and will spread across Delaware, Grant, Henry, Madison counties through 12 AM.  Snowfall rates of up to 1″ per hour likely.  Snow in the city will also increase after 1AM.  Additional snow of 2″ to 4″ is likely in the city before tapering to flurries just after sunrise.

9:00 PM – City wide snowfall at 2″ with measured 4″ in Lafayette.  Reports of brief power outages and lights flickering on south side of city under the weight of the wet snow.  Transition underway – Temp in city 30°, winds increasing and gusts to 33 miles per hour.  Cold upper low churns overhead. Snow makes the transition from very wet to drier brand. Amounts will increase quickly now through 1AM as moisture is pulled back west and storm stalls.

8:00 PM – Snow still falling over the city with a band of moderate to heavy snow stalling over northeast side north to Elwood.  Storm slowing with dry air entering southwest Indiana – cutting off accumulating snow there.  Moisture will rotate counterclockwise around low and fall steady next few hours.  At 7:45 PM 4″ of snow down in Alexandria in Madison county, 4″ reported in Muncie in Delaware county.  Official snowfall at the National Weather service is 1.2″ with 1.8″ at Fox 59 studio on city northwest side. 

6:32 p.m. – Winter Storm Warning for Montgomery, Putnam, Hendricks, Morgan and Johnson counties until 7 a.m. Wednesday.

6:30 p.m. –  Crash reported on I-865. Left lane closed near mile marker 4.4 westbound.

6:28 p.m. – Lafayette police report Kossuth/Lingle has reopened.

6:26 p.m. – Some travel advisories are in effect around the state, including Miami, Wabash, Shelby, Wayne, Knox and Posey counties. Click here for a complete list of travel advisories.

6:15 p.m. – Storm entering new phase.  Energy from northern low now transferring energy to southern low and becomes main storm.  The system becomes stronger and will lead to a prolonged snow event over the northern half of the state.

SNOWFALL AMOUNTS THROUGH 6 PM

3″ Thorntown, BOONE Co.

2.5″ Vincennes, KNOX Co.

2.2″ Marshall, PARKE Co.

6:00 p.m. – Indiana State Police are working a crash on I-70 westbound near the Greencastle exit. Injuries are reported, and the interstate is down to one lane. Roads are reportedly slick in the area. Police said a person has died in the crash.

5:44 p.m. – Report of 1.5 inches in Lebanon.

5:39 p.m. – Southeast side of Indianapolis reporting 1″ of snow already on the ground.

5:31 p.m. – Three inches reported in Boone County.

5:23 p.m. – Parke County reports 1.6″ of snow.

5:18 p.m. – Slow traffic reported around the Indianapolis metro area, including northbound I-69 out of the city and areas on the south side like U.S. 31, Madison Avenue and Meridian Street.

5:09 p.m. – Steady, wet snow reported in Bloomington.

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Bloomington/picture courtesy: @KloDiggity/Jason Klocek

5:05 p.m. – Viewers report that snow is “piling up quickly” in areas including Greenwood and Lebanon.

5:02 p.m. – Indiana State Police remind drivers to watch their speeds and increase following distance as snow continues to fall.

5:01 p.m. – Lafayette police are advising drivers to avoid the area of Kossuth/Lingle due to a traffic accident. Roads are becoming very slick in the area.

4:55 p.m. – Snowing at Fox59 Studio for about 1 hour and sticking on the northwest side. An inch of snow reported in Parke County;  0.5″ reported in Morgan County.

Earlier – Rain has changed to snow in the city (around 4PM) wet snow is falling with a temperature of 34°.  Snow is sticking in western Indiana with reports from Lafayette, Covington, Monticello and 1″ has already accumulated at Marshall in Park County.

The center of the storm will intensify this evening bring a period of heavy snow to much of the area.  Snowfall rates could exceed 1″ per hour through 12AM.  Snow will make travel hazardous especially after sunset.

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