Snow moves out, bitter cold remains
Afternoon and evening snow squalls moved out, leaving icy roads and sub-zero wind chills throughout central Indiana.
School delays numbered 185 early Friday morning as administrators gave students and buses a few extra hours to find each other, and limit bus stop exposure to potential frostbite.
The National Weather Service issued a Wind Chill Advisory for Wayne, Fayette, Union, Franklin, Carroll, Warren, Tippecanoe, Clinton, Howard, Fountain, Montgomery, Boone, Tipton, Hamilton, Madison, Delaware, Randolph, Vermillion, Parke, Putnam, Hendricks, Marion, Hancock, and Henry counties, including the cities of Lafayette, Frankfort, Kokomo, Crawfordsville, Anderson, Muncie and Indianapolis until mid-day Friday.
West winds from 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph, coupled with temperatures in single digits will create frostbite risks for anybody venturing outside for a prolonged period. A strong wind will combine with cold temperatures to create dangerously cold conditions for exposed skin. The wind will make it feel like it is between 10 and 20 degrees below zero for a period of several hours.
County dispatchers gave varying reports of road conditions overnight. Shelby County deputies worked several slide-offs on Interstate 74 since Midnight. Boone County reported main roads in good shape, but rural roads slick and snow-covered.
Hamilton, Hancock and Morgan counties reported no problems overnight.
Johnson County reported significant ice along I-65 and SR 135 near Whiteland Road. Truckers tell Eyewitness News they parked their rigs Thursday night during whiteout conditions, and slept along the roadside because motel rooms were scarce.
The wind chill is a serious concern at -14 to -17. Frostbite conditions will be with us until mid-to-late morning, if not later.
Blowing snow and slick spots will continue to be an issue because wind gusts everywhere are ranging between 25-35 mph.
State Police report hazardous driving conditions, especially south of Indianapolis, where interstates are slick in spots, with high winds blowing across the roadways. See the INDOT interactive map here.
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