Wind advisory in effect for central Indiana

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A wind advisory is in effect until 3:00 pm Friday for central Indiana.

The strong winds are expected to cause problems especially on north-south roads and for high-profile vehicles like semi trailers. Damage to roof shingles, tree limbs and power lines is possible, and lightweight Christmas décor could be blown away or destroyed.

By 8 p.m. Thursday, high winds were blowing snow through downtown Indianapolis. By morning, roads were slick and snow- or ice-covered.

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In Indianapolis, a line of storms Thursday caused the wall of a vacant building to collapse on the east side at Michigan St. and Keystone Ave. No one was injured.

Madison County Emergency Management reported two locations where traffic was blocked due to downed trees or utility poles. Drivers are asked to exercise caution when traveling Thursday.

A semi rolled over on I-65 southbound in Clinton County, trapping the driver. He told dispatchers that his trailer was blown over. His injuries are not life-threatening.

Rain will change to snow Thursday evening and falling temperatures will cause the wet pavement to freeze quickly, causing slick roads for rush hour.

Winter weather advisory also in effect

A winter weather advisory goes in effect for central Indiana from 1:00 pm Thursday to 10:00 am Friday. Up to two inches of snow is possible, with the metro area predicted to get one inch. Areas to the north and east could see higher accumulations.

Ninety Indy Snow Force drivers will be salting and plowing the main roads. If you are traveling today and see trucks out on the road, DPW asks that you give them plenty of room.

INDOT will also have its fleet of trucks and plows ready.

"We'll do our job to make sure that the roadways are kept in good condition," said Nathan Riggs of INDOT. "We just ask that the motorists take the time to get their vehicles inspected: Make sure that things like their tire tread depths and windshield wiper blades are in good working order."

Last winter was unusually mild, with only a few actual snow events where trucks were out salting. They barely had to plow at all. The problem is that many drivers really didn't have to deal with snow, so we're out of practice. Typically, the first accumulating snow of the year means an increase in the number of accidents.

Before the storm, several cities in the Midwest had broken records for the number of consecutive days without measurable snow.

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