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Thursday commute still hazardous, many schools closed

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INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 9, 2014) – Most area schools districts elected to close again Thursday while some decided on two hour delays as roads around central Indiana remained hazardous.

Drivers saw marked improvements on areas of I-65 and I-465, but exit ramps and side roads remained clogged with snow or covered with ice and slush. Some drivers described the commute as “bumpy” as their vehicles rumbled over sections of road covered with small mounds of ice. In some areas, snow was piled on bus stops, a trend that factored into districts’ decisions to close for a fourth straight day. School district officials told FOX59 student safety was behind their decision to close again.

The state said earlier this week that schools would not have to make up the days missed on Monday and Tuesday; districts will have to make up time missed on Wednesday and Thursday (check school closings here).

Most counties remained under a travel watch or advisory (check travel advisories here).

Light snow also fell in some areas Thursday morning. Power crews showed progress, with Indianapolis Power & Light reporting about 350 outages and Duke Energy reporting about 120 outages in Howard County (those numbers as of 7 a.m.).

Earlier Thursday morning, a disabled vehicle ended up being hit twice, a crash that left a semi overturned and sent a woman to the hospital.

Thursday morning saw its share of crashes and slide-offs. Here’s a look at updates from @Fox59Traffic: