As It Happens: March Winter Storm updates

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3:50 p.m.– Winter Weather Advisory expires for metro area but still in effect for eastern counties until 8 p.m.

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12:30 p.m. – Winter Storm Warning expires but Winter Weather Advisory issued for Central Indiana counties.

11:30 a.m. – All residential trash, heavy trash and curbside recycling routes will run one day behind for the entire week. Monday routes will be serviced Tuesday, March 26; Tuesday routes will be serviced Wednesday, March 27 and so on. Friday routes will be serviced Saturday, March 30. All services will return to normal schedules Monday, April 1.

11:14 a.m – The Department of Public Works said it will not call in contractors to clear neighborhood streets.

10:15 a.m. – The left lane of I-69 southbound near 116th Street/mile marker 206 closed due to a crash.

10:00 a.m. – Jack-knifed semi reported on I-65 near Greenwood at mile marker 101.

9:45 a.m. – Travel warnings or advisories are in effect for several counties. Click here for a complete list of active advisories around the state.

7:35 a.m. – The Indianapolis State Police post in Pendleton had the following to report:

Indianapolis troopers have been kept busy overnight responding to requests for service and assisting motorists. Trooper’s responded to 50 property damage crashes, 16 personal injury crashes and 43 slide offs in the Indianapolis District which includes Marion, Hamilton, Hendricks, Johnson, Shelby, Hancock and Boone Counties.

7:30 a.m. – The official snow total for this storm is 7.2″. This pushes the monthly snow total to 12.5″. We are now tied for the fourth snowiest March on record.

6:35 a.m. – The Madison County Sheriff Ron Richardson issued the following information about roads in his county:

All roads all snow covered with ice underneath the snow. According to a night shift Sheriff’s Department Patrol Supervisor; There are many roads that are drifting, the north/south roads seem to be drifting more in the north portion of the County. The east west roads seem to be drifting more in the south portion of the County.

6:20 a.m. – During a phone interview with Indianapolis Airport spokesperson Carlo Bertolini, he advised travelers double check their flight before coming to the airport. Between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. Monday, over half of the flights have been canceled. Most of the cancellations Monday morning were a result of inbound cancellations from Sunday night.

6:15 a.m. – Greenwood closed all city offices Monday due to weather conditions. Essential personnel are to report.

6:05 a.m. – According to the Delaware County Emergency Operations Center, I-69 is reported to be wet with slick spots, especially north of the 232 mile marker as that area is reporting 6-8 inches of snow. State roads are wet to snow covered throughout the district. Troopers are reporting road conditions improving as the morning wears on.

6:00 a.m. – Brownsburg Street Department crews are working right now to clear primary streets first, followed by neighborhoods and then courts last.

Indianapolis DPW crews will delay trash pick up one day this week due to the snow. Monday’s trash will be picked up on Tuesday, Tuesday’s on Wednesday, and so on throughout the week.

State Police in the Pendleton area provided the following update:

  • I-70 – Wet with a few slick spots, as the I-70 corridor received four to five inches of snow.
  • I-69 – Wet with slick spots, especially north of the 232 mile marker as that area is reporting 6-8 inches of snow.
  • State roads are wet to snow covered throughout the district. Troopers are reporting road conditions improving as the morning wears on.
  • The Pendleton District held over day units last night and called out night units early as a majority of the crashes occurred between 5 p.m. and midnight.
  • From 3p.m. yesterday until 5 a.m. this morning Pendleton Troopers worked 22 slide offs, 13 property damage crashes and three minor personal injury crashes.

4:15 a.m. – Jim O’Brien shared the following statistics about the winter storm:

The snow from yesterday and this morning now makes this March 2013: the 5th snowiest March on record (11.5” so far)

Officially 6.2” yesterday marked as a new record for that day (March 24), previous record was 5.8” (1912)

Yesterday’s total was also the third largest single day snowfall for the month of March:

  • 12.1” (1906)
  • 8.1     (2000)
  • 6.2”   (2013)

3:00 a.m. – INDOT has 607 plow trucks patrolling state highways overnight.

  • Crawfordsville District: 116 trucks
  • Ft. Wayne District: 14 trucks
  • Greenfield District: 131 trucks
  • LaPorte District: 110 trucks
  • Seymour District: 145 trucks
  • Vincennes District: 91

2:00 a.m. – Current snowfall amounts as reported to the National Weather Service between 12:45 a.m. and 2:00 a.m.:

  • Lafayette – 7.2″

12:45 a.m. – Current snowfall amounts as reported to the National Weather Service between 12:15 a.m. and 12:45 a.m.:

  • Lafayette – 6.9″
  • Castleton – 6″
  • Knightstown – 3″

Duke Energy reports the following power outages:

  • Hamilton Co.: 1
  • Madison Co.: 401
  • Monore Co.: 79
  • Tippecanoe Co.: 1
  • Vigo Co.: 166

No other local power companies reported significant outages at 12:45 a.m.

12:15 a.m. – Current snowfall amounts as reported to the National Weather Service between 11 p.m. and 12:15 a.m.:

  • Anderson – 3″
  • Carmel – 6.2″
  • Lebanon – 8″

12:00 a.m. Monday – Mayor Greg Ballard is delaying the opening of City Government offices tomorrow, March 25th, until 1 p.m. for non-essential personnel due to the winter storm.

The Johnson County Commissioners closed all county offices except for essential services Monday, March 25th. All Johnson County Courts are also closed.

Residents are encouraged to stay indoors to avoid dangerous road conditions. Click here to find out if your county is under a travel advisory.

  • A yellow Travel Advisory means routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas due to a hazardous situation. Citizens should use caution or avoid these areas.
  • An orange Travel Watch means conditions are threatening to the safety of the public. Only essential travel is recommended (i.e. to and from work, emergency situations, etc.)
  • A red Travel Warning means travel may be restricted to emergency personnel only. Citizens 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 comply with the directions of properly identified officers.


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