Marion County, surrounding areas under travel advisories

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INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 21, 2014) – Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard declared a travel advisory (yellow) for Marion County as blowing and drifting snow made for a difficult Tuesday morning commute.

Several other counties are also under travel advisories, including Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Morgan and Shelby. You can check travel advisories around the state right here. A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 11 a.m.

Multiple school districts decided to delay or close Tuesday. Indianapolis Public Schools are on a two-hour delay. Some districts, such as Greenwood Community Schools, initially called for a delay before making the decision to close Tuesday. You can find school closings and delays here.

FOX59 spoke to Nathan Riggs of the Indiana Department of Transportation. Riggs said the timing of the snow combined with the cold and wind made for challenging road conditions.

“Whenever we have these snowstorms come in during the morning rush hour, it’s just terrible for traffic,” Riggs said. “People are trying to get into work. We understand it’s inconvenient. Our crews are doing their best to keep the highways as safe as possible. We certainly need the help of motorists to drive safely so we can keep traffic flowing and allow our crews to do their jobs.”

Riggs acknowledged that windy conditions were making things difficult for INDOT crews.

“When the wind is blowing this bad, we have to be reserved with our salt usage. If we make the pavement too wet, it can attract more blowing snow and create more of a problem,” Riggs said. “Once the winds die down, we should really make some headway with the highway conditions.”

Weather conditions have contributed to several crashes and traffic delays. A roundup from @Fox59Traffic on Twitter: