More snow falling on central Indiana
Indianapolis - More snow is falling around central Indiana, causing hazardous conditions on area roadways.
Most areas of central Indiana have already seen a couple inches of snow, with a band of snow slowly making its way through the eastern part of the state. Meteorologist Jude Redfield reported just over three inches of snow had fallen on Johnson County by 9 p.m., with about another inch expected as the storm passes through.
The National Weather Service office in Indianapolis reported 3.3" of snow had fallen in the city at 10:30 pm.
A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for much of Indiana until 1 p.m. Tuesday. A Level 3 Travel Advisory has been issued until noon Tuesday for Tippecanoe County.
Interstate 65 northbound is closed south of Lebanon, due to at least one accident.
Several slide-offs and accidents have been reported around the region as the snow falls. Both highways and surface streets are covered in snow. Some of the accidents have resulted in injuries, including accidents at I-65 and Main Street in Greenwood, I-70 around Keystone Avenue and near I-465 and I-70 on the east side of Indianapolis.
"I was really scared of semis and every time a semi came up beside me, I kept freaking out," said a female crash victim.
Before she knew it, a semi had them trapped against the barrier wall on I-465 on the east side.
"We left Castleton and it wasn't too bad. Then we got to this area, east side and it got terrible," said another woman who was in the car.
The girls say a car had been tailgating them and with road conditions deteriorating, they got into a slide.
"The semi came and just couldn't stop. It wasn't his fault," the other woman said.
The semi driver says he didn't have any options.
"I tried dodging her, but I couldn't. It's a good thing nobody was hurt," he said.
An ambulance that arrived on the scene of the crash was later struck by an SUV.
Weather continues Tuesday
The concern is what could happen Tuesday morning as warmer air mixes in. Snow showers could turn to sleet or even freezing drizzle. Roads could be very slick Tuesday morning. The bulk of the precipitation should move out by midday Tuesday.
Wednesday and Thursday look dry, but then we start to focus on a winter storm that moves in late Thursday night and sticks around for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
The snow arrived the night before the official start of winter, disrupting travelers on the ground and in the skies.
"It's here early, yeah," said driver Anthony Fulford.
"It's pretty slick. The side roads in Cloverdale haven't been touched," added Alice Mann.
Morgan County saw some of the first snow.
"I've been sliding around in a four-wheel drive. I mean, you can't stop. It just slides," explained Tommy Presley.
"Totally didn't expect it. Been having to go really, really slow and its really, really bad out there right now," added Fulford.
"I probably will go extremely slow and be cautious and probably stay behind a big vehicle," said Mann.
But it wasn't just snowy roads that caused people to have trouble getting around. At the airport, travelers experienced delays too. Headed home to Atlanta for Christmas break, some college students out of Minneapolis learned they'd be staying the night in Indianapolis.
"They had to de-ice the planes a lot and I think a plane would take off and the runway, there would be so much snow that the snow would just pack back on and they'd send the plows back down again," explained Cole Callahan.
Airport crews worked to clear planes of snow and ice, while those with canceled flights made the best of it. Like one group of Purdue students headed to Las Vegas.
"Our first flight was delayed, so we're going to miss our connecting flight from Detroit," Adidya Kukami said.
But the sun would have to wait until Tuesday, when their flight was rescheduled.
"We had our hotels and everything booked out there, so I don't know what's going to happen now," said Kukarni.