Morning snow causes problems for commuters; bitter cold sets in
About two inches of snow fell overnight in downtown Indianapolis, causing big problems for commuters Tuesday morning.
Higher snowfall amounts were seen in areas southeast of the Indianapolis metro area, with Shelbyville reporting three inches.
Carmel and Plainfield had 1.5 inches while West Lafayette had one inch.
Although this wasn't a big snow event, blowing and drifting snow is continuing to cause traffic issues throughout the state.
As of noon, the southbound lanes of Interstate 65 remain closed between the U.S. 31 exit for Edinburgh and Taylorsville (Exit 76) and Memphis (Exit 16). Northbound I-65 is open, but motorists should reduce their speed according to conditions and anticipate delays.
An I-65 crash involving a double-trailer truck near Jonesville is also limiting mobility. As of 10:40 a.m., Bartholomew, Jackson and Scott counties along the I-65 have declared travel watches advising essential travel only.
Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and Indiana State Police districts in southern Indiana closed portions of I-65 after 9 a.m. this morning due to crashes and low visibility. INDOT continues to plow and treat I-65 southbound as traffic allows in order to open the highway as soon as possible. Drivers play a role in keeping the highways open and safe for other travelers by making room for INDOT's yellow plow trucks so they may clear the roads.
Strong winds have resulted in blowing snow, reduced visibility and colder temperatures. Local INDOT plow crews will manage the interstates, U.S. highways and state routes to prevent snow from blowing across the highway and sticking. With falling temperatures, salt and other melting agents will have to work harder to lower the temperatures at which the accumulation melts.
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Many major school systems called for delays between 5 and 5:30 am, including Indianapolis Public Schools and all Marion County township schools. See the list here.
Marion and Hamilton Counties are under travel advisories due to blowing snow and cold temperatures. Drivers are advised to use caution and allow extra time to reach their destinations.
A winter weather advisory remains in effect for the following counties: Bartholomew, Boone, Brown, Decatur, Delaware, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Henry, Jackson, Jennings, Johnson, Lawrence, Madison, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Randolph, Rush and Shelby.
The advisory is from 1 am to 11 am Tuesday.
We already reached our high temperature for Tuesday. Temperatures will fall into the single digits by the afternoon. With the wind chill, it will feel more like subzero temperatures.
Tuesday night temperatures will drop to around 2 degrees below zero.
Wednesday's highs rebound to the upper teens with a chance for a light coating of snow.
Thursday's highs only hit about 10 degrees.
By Friday morning, we'll drop to -6 degrees.
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