Winter Storm Warning canceled in Indianapolis metro area
UPDATE 9:15 PM: The National Weather Service at Indianapolis has canceled the Winter Storm Warning. Snow has diminished in intensity and will be ending late this evening.
INDIANAPOLIS - Snow will continue to fall and accumulate throughout the day today. We are expecting to add to what fell overnight. The lower snow totals will be north and the higher totals will be south of Indianapolis, with a good part of the heart of central Indiana in the range of 4-7 inches of snow.
A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until midnight for a portion of Indiana, including the Indianapolis metro area. A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice are expected. Travel will be very hazardous.
State police are warning drivers traveling on Interstate 70 near Richmond in eastern Indiana that a 10-mile stretch is icy and there have been numerous crashes.
Indiana travel advisories
Police say the icy roads are between the 145 mile marker, which is the Centerville Road exit, and the 153-mile marker, which is the State Road 227 exit. Police say bridges and overpasses are continuing to freeze over and cause traffic problems.
State police say drivers should use caution, watch for emergency vehicles and should slow down while traveling in that area.
The warning area covers the southern half of Indiana and includes Boone, Hamilton, Madison and Delaware counties north of Indianapolis.
A wintry mix is expected Thursday evening, with precipitation increasing and turning to all snow Friday morning. Light ice is possible along a line from Washington to Seymour to Greensburg. Snow accumulations could reach 5" to 7" by Friday night in the warning area.
A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for counties to the north of the warning area. A Winter Weather Advisory means periods of snow, maybe mixed with sleet will make roads slick and travel difficult.
A wintry mix will become heavy at times this evening, and quick accumulations of sleet are likely by midnight. Snow totals in the Indianapolis metro area will range from 4″ to 7″, with higher amounts in southern Indiana.
Snow may become heavy at times tonight before diminishing toward 4am. The next round of snow picks up between 7am and noon on Friday, and snow will be moderate to heavy at times.
Snow totals as of 8 a.m. Friday
NWS Indy 4.0"
New Castle 2.5"
There will be a sharp gradient in snow amounts from north to south, and 20-25 miles will make a big difference.
Be prepared for snow covered and slick roads on Friday. Snow totals by Friday evening will be 6-9 inches or more south of Indianapolis. Around Indianapolis, we are expecting 4-7 inches of snow. The lowest totals will be from Lafayette to Kokomo, where we are expecting 1-3 inches.
We will turn attention from snow to arctic air next week, as we forecast lows in the single digits and highs in the teens.
A weaker system arrives Sunday and a bitter blast of Arctic hits next week. Stay tuned for updates this evening
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