INDIANAPOLIS – A winter storm will slam into central Indiana.
Rain began changing over into snow early Wednesday morning, creating a messy, slushy mess on the roads. Forecasters predicted some areas could see up to 8” of snow once the system moves through, although those totals were revised slightly lower as temperatures remained above freezing throughout the morning.
Already, hundreds of schools and businesses are closed for the day. We’re keeping you up-to-date with the latest on the storm.
Scroll down for live updates throughout the day from the FOX59/CBS4 team.
Hancock County 911:
Afternoon commute update: 🚓 across the county are reporting roads are in good shape. Wet in spots, slush here and there. Overall, a much better commute than we thought we’d have. Drive safely!
From Hamilton County Emergency Management:
The Travel Watch has been lifted. A Travel Advisory is now in effect for Hamilton County. Roads may be slick during the evening commute use caution while driving.
From INDOT Southeast:
Light precipitation & strong wind gusts will prevail for the rest of today as the weather system moves north. Our #YellowTrucks are still working to treat & clear state roadways.
From the National Weather Service:
The Winter Storm Warning has been replaced with a Winter Weather Advisory along and north of I-70 as the snow gradually tapers off. Additional light snow tonight with up to a half inch in spots.
Some additional counties are now in orange, indicating a travel watch:
I-65 NB: Crash from Exit 123 – I-465 to 71 St (MM 123.6 to MM 123.6, near Indianapolis city). For the next hour. Right lane blocked.
I-70 EB: Disabled semi trailer at Mount Comfort Rd (MM 95.9, 2m E of Indianapolis city. For the next hour. Right lane of exit ramp blocked.
From the National Weather Service:
Snow showers continue along and north of the I-70 corridor. The heaviest snow is wrapping up with compaction and melting causing lower snow amounts. Hazardous travel will remain a concern through the afternoon, so take it slow!
Here’s a look at some of our traffic cams, via INDOT and Justin Kollar:
Hamilton County drivers are having an especially tough time along I-69. More from Justin Kollar:
Here’s a look at the latest county travel status map from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. Marion County, which rarely changes its travel status, is under a yellow travel advisory.
Eric Graves has an update from Bloomington…
The Indiana Department of Transportation offered this update with an overview on conditions statewide:
We’re seeing rain across the southern part of the state, with snow to the north. Drivers should expect conditions to worsen as they approach central Indiana from the north or south, where there has been more significant snowfall. Statewide, we have close to 750 trucks out treating and plowing. Drivers can check conditions in their specific area on INDOT’s traffic and plow cameras at 511in.org or via the TrafficWise mobile app.
The National Weather Service said there were additional reports of thundersnow in Portland in Jay County and Hartford City in Blackford County around 10:30 a.m.
From the Carmel Fire Department:
Serious crash with vehicle on its side, 111th and the Monon. Roadway will be restricted while crews work.
Here’s another look at some unofficial snow totals:
Here’s an early look at some unofficial snow totals:
From the Boone County Sheriff’s Office:
Roads are becoming snow covered, slick and hazardous. Use extreme caution and leave yourself extra time during your travels.
The Emergency Assistance Office of the Wayne township Trustee will be closed today, officials with the office said.
From Madison County EMA:
We have a tree down and power line on fire at State Road 67 and 38th Street
Because temperatures haven’t budged, remaining just above freezing throughout the morning, the snow projection map has been revised:
Hamilton County EMA is reporting a crash on I-69 northbound:
The first crash on the interstate. I-69 NB at 204-mile marker, just north of 106th St. Left lane reportedly blocked. Time to slow down.
Now there are two separate crashes at this location.
From Delaware County EMA:
A traffic accident has resulted in power poles and lines down on SR 28 near Delta High School – State Road 28 from SR67 to IN3 is closed until the power can be restored – Avoid the area.
From Indiana State Police:
Since 4 a.m., troopers in the Indianapolis District have responded to: 12 crashes (1 with injuries), 5 slide-offs, 8 motorist assists (disabled vehicles). These calls are rapidly increasing in the past 20 minutes or so. Please slow down & drive carefully
Meteorologist Beth Finello brings us an update on conditions in downtown Indianapolis:
Newfields will close today because of the weather.
Due to inclement winter weather, the entire Newfields campus, including THE LUME Indianapolis, will be closed today, Wednesday, January 25th.
Boone County has activated a yellow travel advisory.
From the Boone County Sheriff’s Office: Authority EMA1, the Boone County travel status is now yellow. Please use caution in your travels.
Shane Booker with Hamilton County EMA says plow drivers are out right now to drop salt on the roads and keep things as clear as possible. The snow is picking up countywide and he expects conditions to deteriorate quickly.
The Winter Storm Warning remains in effect and will stay that way until the afternoon. Snow could accumulate as quickly as an inch an hour.
Reporter Michael Van Schoik brings us an update from Carmel.
The team got an update from Hendricks County EMA on conditions there