WTHR's February 4th and 5th winter storm blog
Welcome to WTHR.com's winter storm blog for the February 4 - 5 snow event. We'll be posting updates on this page throughout the night and into Wednesday morning. Refresh your page to see the latest updates.
Troopers from the Putnamville Post have been busy responding to various calls for service over the past 24 hours or so. The Putnamville District is comprised of Parke, Vermillion, Vigo, Putnam, Clay, and Sullivan counties.
Since 3:00p.m. yesterday and until 3:00p.m. today, troopers have responded to 15 property damage crashes, 1personal injury crash, 15 slide-offs, and 27 disabled motorists. No serious or life threatening injuries were reported.
Troopers were divided into 12-hour day and 12-hour night shifts through tonight.
The "trouble spots" were US 41 in the Daily Hill area of Parke County and all along Interstate 70 from the Illinois state line to the 53 mile marker in Morgan County. This would include Vigo, Clay, and Putnam counties as well.
At various times today, traffic was slowed or briefly stopped along Interstate 70 for crash cleanup efforts. The most frequent cause for the crashes and slide-offs were motorists driving too fast for conditions.
The Level 2 Travel Watch, Essential Travel Permitted Snow Emergency has been terminated by the Wayne County Commissioners effective at 5:00 PM Wednesday, February 5, 2014. All Wayne County roadways are fully open and passable with appropriate winter driving precautions at this time.
If you need to shovel out your car or clear sidewalks, we're recommending sooner than later. Temperatures drop into the low teens by midnight and at or below for many along and north of the I-70 corridor Thursday morning.
From the City of Carmel: All secondary roads in Carmel have been cleared. An all-city plow began at about 2 p.m. All roads in Carmel should be cleared by early morning.
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So far Indy has picked up 7.4″ of snow. That puts us at 44.2″ for the season! Close to the record!
Purdue University is closing for the rest of the day, until 6:00 am Feb. 6th. Normal operations, including classes, are canceled until then. Only essential personnel should report to campus.
State police have decided not to close I-65 southbound but there are still multiple slide-offs and crashes between the Whiteland and Franklin exits and it will be slow going.
Left lane closed on I-65 NB at Meridian St. (MM113) due to a crash.
Right lane closed on I-69 NB at 82nd St. (MM201) due to a traffic hazard.
Calls for service to the Indianapolis State Police District continued through the night with a majority being slide-offs. Beginning last night at 10:00 p.m. until this morning at 7:00 a.m., troopers responded to 2 personal injury and 15 property damage crashes. Troopers assisted with 20 reported slide offs that did not result in any damage. Troopers also responded to 40 calls for service during this time period that was not weather related. None of the personal injury crashes were serious and no life-threatening injuries were reported.
I-65 in White County due to traffic crash. I-65 is closed from the 193 mm southbound due to a crash.
TRAFFIC ALERT: Indiana State Police are closing I 65 southbound from County Line Road to Franklin State Road 44 exit due to multiple slide offs and crashes.
State Police in Versailles report I-74 closed in both directions at the 163 mile marker (just west of exit 164 or S.R. 1)
Westbound traffic will have to exit I-74 at S.R. 1 (exit 164) then travel west on S.R. 46 to S.R. 101 where they can re-enter westbound I-74 from S.R. 101 (exit 156).
Eastbound motorists must exit I-74 at S.R. 101 (exit 156) and travel east on S.R. 46 to S.R. 1 and can re-enter eastbound I-74 from S.R. 1 (exit 164).
The closure is due to a jackknifed semi on eastbound I-74 west of S.R. 1. Westbound lanes are being closed to get wreckers to the scene from the westbound side of I-74.
We're extending SnowTeam 13 coverage until 8:00 am.
Mayor Ballard called in to report Indianapolis City operations will run on normal schedule Wednesday, including trash pickup.
Carroll County Emergency Management reports some roads are becoming impassable. Residents travel at their own risk.
State Police in Pendleton report I-69 is snow covered with only the driving line open north and southbound. I-70 east of Indianapolis is snow covered with only the driving lane open in both directions. All state roads are snow covered.
There is a new web page dedicated to the current winter storm. Information will be updated continually throughout the duration of the storm. Here is the direct link: http://www.in.gov/isp/3099.htm.
Motorists are being asked to stay home unless travel is essential in order to give road crews time to clear roadways. Do not call police departments about road conditions. Dispatchers need to be available to address critical life emergency 911 calls. Road conditions are likely the same for the area you want to know about as it is looking out your front window.
For up to date road conditions, please call the Indiana Department of Transportation's Road and Weather automated system at 800-262-7623 or visit the INDOT traffic map at http://indot.carsprogram.org/main.jsf. The 800 phone service is voice activated and updated with timely road conditions across Indiana. The INDOT web link allows users to check on specific locations for current closures and other road information.
IU-Bloomington is operating on a normal schedule today. They report crews have been working since late Tuesday afternoon to make roads, sidewalks and parking lots passable and will continue to do so throughout the day today. Administrators just ask that everyone take their time and be careful when coming to campus, especially this morning.
Purdue will resume operations and classes at 1:00 pm.
Deepest snow measured so far is 9.9" in Marshall in western Indiana. See more snow totals here.
Reports from WTHR crews
465N 17 mm in desperate need of a plow. 465 North lanes range from kind of clear to a thick snowy mess. Pick your lanes this morning. No way to know where they are on 465 Northbound. Major snow ruts on 70, 465 lanes this morning. Exit ramps off of 465 also tricky.
Updated snow total in Indianapolis 7.1 inches. See more snow totals here.
456 closings and delays posted. See the list here.
Updated snow total in Indianapolis now 6.8 inches and holding due to the freezing drizzle. See more snow totals here.
437 closings and delays posted. See the list here.
Freezing drizzle is being reported downtown at the WTHR studios. Radar shows the mix stretching from southwestern Henry County west through the metro area, then turning southwest along I-70 through the state line and south toward Bloomington and Bedford. Most of the northern half of the state is still receiving snowfall.
From Sean Ash: Phase 1 of storm (heaviest snow rates) pushing east. After lull, steady snow w/upper low sets up along/north of I-70 tonight into Wednesday morning.
The Madison County Commissioners, Sheriff, Highway Supt. and EMA Director have made the decision to raise our Travel Status to WATCH at 10:15 PM 2/4/2014. A Travel WATCH means:
• Road conditions are threatening to the safety of the public.
• Only essential travel, to and from work or in emergency situations is recommended
• Emergency action plans should be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies and other organizations
Roads throughout ALL of Madison County are extremely slick, hazardous and in some areas covered by snow drifts.
Madison County Courthouse will open 2 hours later.
Madison County EMA will continue to monitor conditions of the county and maintain contact with county officials throughout the event.
The Grant County commissioners have increased the Travel Advisory (yellow) to a Travel Watch (orange).
A Carroll County Travel Watch has been issued for all of Carroll County at this time. A Travel Watch means that conditions are threatening to the safety of the public. During a "watch" local travel advisory, only essential travel, such as to and from work or in emergency situations, is recommended, and emergency action plans should be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies, and other organization
Update from Indiana State Police, Indianapolis district:
Between 3:00 pm and 9:00 pm Tuesday, troopers responded to two personal injury and 25 property damage crashes. Troopers assisted with 21 reported slide-offs that did not result in any damage. Troopers also responded to 101 calls for service during this time period that were not weather related. Neither of the personal injury crashes was serious and no life-threatening injuries were reported.
Indianapolis State Police Radio Operators reported motorists seemed to be paying heed to the advice to slow down and allow extra travel distance between vehicles as they had only two incidents that closed interstate ramps.
I-465 SB ramp to I-74 on the east side was closed for approximately an hour to allow for the removal of a jack-knifed semi tractor trailer. The ramp from I-465 to US 31 on the north side was closed for approximately 20 minutes to allow INDOT to apply salt as vehicles were unable to negotiate the slick ramp causing vehicles to block the roadway.
See updates from State Police here.
Snow totals so far (these are not final!):
Terre Haute 7.5
NWS Indianapolis 5.5
Hartford City 5
We're not sure who's behind it, but someone has started an online petition to "stop the snow." You can sign it here electronically. But who will they give it to???
More school closings rolling in now. Carmel Clay, Hamilton Southeastern, Anderson, Noblesville...see them all here!
A travel watch is in effect for all of Boone County. Use extreme caution when traveling to and from work. Also, WEBO Schools are closed tomorrow 2/5/2014.
From Henry County:
Due to the deteriorating road conditions the Highway Superintendent and the County Commissioners have made the decision to raise this travel status to an "WATCH" or ORANGE level. This means that conditions are threatening to the safety of the public. During a "watch" local travel advisory, only essential travel, such as to and from work or in emergency situations, is recommended, and emergency action plans should be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies, and other organizations.
Marion County Courts and the Marion County Prosecutor's Office will open at NOON Wednesday, February 5, due to weather. We will await a determination from the Court on a new date and time for David Bisard's guilty plea hearing which was scheduled for tomorrow morning.
Hendricks County is now operating on yellow status.
Decatur County's travel status is "orange" - Essential travel only. Some drifts starting at 6-8 inches with 3 inches of snow/ice mix so far.
Due to impending severe weather, the Indiana State Board of Education will not hold the meeting previously scheduled for February 5, 2014. The Board will hold a business meeting at 2:30 pm on Thursday, February 6, 2014 in the auditorium of the Indiana Government Center South.
Roads in the unincorporated areas of Hamilton County are now under an orange Travel Watch. A Travel Watch means that conditions are threatening to the safety of the public. Only essential travel, such as to and from work or in emergency situations, is recommended and emergency action plans should be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies, and other organizations. Road conditions have quickly deteriorated as snowfall has accumulated rapidly since it began shortly before 3:00 this afternoon. Most travel in the county is slow going at best. Blowing and drifting will create further problems as gusty winds pick up the powdery snow.
This is all the salt left in Morgan County during this week's snowstorm. (click here to see the photo.) More ordered but Low supply.
Mayor Greg Ballard has issued a Travel Advisory (Yellow) for Indianapolis. Use caution, slow down & leave extra space for other vehicles & snow plows.
I-65 northbound near I-70 South Jct - Right lane closed due to a crash
Several slide-offs on I-65 southbound south of Lafayette.
I-465 WB near I-65 - right lane closed due to a stalled vehicle.
Also, I-465 EB at SR 37 - right lane closed due to a crash.
Travel advisories starting to come in now. Check your county here.
Tippecanoe, Tipton Counties are now under a Travel Advisory Level.
Wayne County: Level 2 Travel Watch, Essential Travel Permitted Snow Emergency goes in effect at 6 PM. Avoid all travel if possible.
Reporter Carrie Cline says: Slide-offs already keeping tow trucks busy on I-65 in Boone County as snow accumulates. See a photo here.
Here's the latest from Angela Buchman:
The snow is starting to fall across central Indiana. It will become heavy and steady over the next several hours. The heaviest is forecast to fall from 5pm to 3am, with snowfall rates of an inch an hour.
The latest snowfall potential map has most of central Indiana in the range of 6-10 inches of snow. Our southern area is still a tricky spot to forecast. This includes Bedford, Seymour and North Vernon. Bloomington and Columbus are close too. The southern most part of area is forecast to get 3 to 6 inches of snow and some icing. Those snow totals will be higher where it stays all snow.
We are under a winter storm warning until 1pm Wednesday. Please take precautions from this storm and travel with extra caution. If you haven't already, you can download the free SkyTrak13 Weather app and track the storm with us.
We are also concerned with another round of arctic air that will drop temperatures to below zero levels Thursday and Friday mornings.
Over 100 cancellations right now on our school/business closings list. See them all here.