Central Indiana schools dismissing early Monday
Monday's weather forecast prompted dozens of central Indiana school districts to dismiss early.
Anderson, Noblesville, Mooresville and Shelbyville are among dozens of school districts that decided not to take any chances with the weather.
Off State Road 31 in Hamilton County between Westfield and Noblesville, traffic was moving slowly amid a freezing rain mix.
School officials did not want buses out in those conditions, so classes were cut short in the districts that were in session on Presidents' Day. The closings began at 12:30 pm and were staggered between high schools, intermediates and elementary schools.
At Carey Ridge, parents and buses pulled out just after 2:00 pm as sleet pelted the area.
The changing conditions created concern for the Westfield-Washington transportation director, who had to issue a full call-out in the middle of the day for drivers, hoping all 68 would show up on time and get students home safe.
"Especially out in this particular part of the district, it's a rural area and the north/south roads have a tendency to drift a little bit with some of that light snow we received yesterday, which caused some of these roads to narrow to one lane," said Jack Hart, Westfield-Washington Schools transportation director.
The buses got the children home before it all started. The director credits his drivers for a good safety record this winter, especially in such trying conditions.
Areas including Lafayette and Kokomo could see 3-5 inches of snow, with 1-3 and two-tenths of an inch of ice for the Indianapolis metro area, and a rain-sleet mix to the south.