Drivers, schools deal with strong winds and extreme cold

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INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 27, 2014) – Strong winds and extremely cold temperatures settled into central Indiana overnight.

Many schools elected to delay or close because of the cold weather. Marion County is under a travel watch (orange), and many surrounding counties have similar measures. Several counties in northeast Indiana have travel warnings (red). You can check county travel advisories right here.

The city of Indianapolis has also opened warming centers so people can take a break from the cold. Earlier Monday, Duke Energy and Indianapolis Power & Light reported several power outages. As of 12:45 p.m. IPL (23) and Duke (20) reported only a handful of outages.

Meterologist Jim O’Brien takes a look at the forecast for the coming days. Extremely cold temperatures will be the norm this week.

The Indiana Department of Transportation said its trucks have logged nearly 4.3 million miles and deployed 265,000 tons of salt since Jan. 18. In addition, INDOT put down nearly 2.5 million gallons of salt brine on the highways. The department said its usual cost of winter operations for overtime, fuel and salt comes to $33.8 million. With winter more than half over, INDOT estimates it has spent more than $31 million.

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