Bitter cold forcing delays, travel advisories

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The bitter cold, the blowing winds and dangerous wind chills have forced many schools throughout central Indiana to go on a two-hour delay this morning.  Only a handful of schools have closed. You can check out the updated list here.

When you have hundreds of young children who may or may not be adequately covered and equipped to handle these freezing temperatures, it can be dangerously cold. It's a tough decision for schools to make.

Another problem is the wind creating dangerous wind chills and dangerous road conditions. Now that the heavy layer of snow has been removed, it's the blowing snow that's the problem and for that reason, there are quite a few travel advisories in effect.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security shows there is a travel advisory in effect for much of central Indiana including Marion, Hamilton, Hendricks, Hancock, Boone and Johnson counties. An advisory means routine routes may be restricted.  In the case today, it's because of the light snow on the ground and high winds.

Depending on the timing and location of the gusts, visibility could be severely limited at times.