WTHR's winter storm blog

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7:30 am

Johnson County reports four slide off incidents, six property damage accidents and three personal injury accidents between Sunday morning and Monday morning at 7:00 am.

5:45 am

New closings and delays coming in.  Total is now 69. Check the list here.  

Butler and IU-Bloomington holding classes as scheduled.

4:50 am

We have 58 closings and delays at this hour.  

4:35 am

Check INDOT road reports and driving conditions here.

4:00 am

WTHR's Matt McCutcheon reporting live on Sunrise shows side streets in downtown Indianapolis snow-covered.  Main roads are clear.

Carrie Cline, reporting from Bartholomew County, says plows are busy but roads are still snow-covered.

Nicole Misencik's SkyTrak forecast says we could break the record for coldest low temperature for this date.  The old record is 2 degrees.  We could reach zero.

3:00 am

The National Weather Service canceled the Winter Storm Warning for Vigo, Clay, Owen, Morgan, Johnson, Shelby, Rush, Sullivan, Greene, Monroe, Brown, Bartholomew, Decatur, Knox, Daviess, Martin, Lawrence, Jackson and Jennings counties.

7:54 pm

One of our crews is headed back to Indianapolis on I-65 northbound. Roadway is snow-covered; traffic moving around 40 mph.

7:45 pm

Indy Snow Force remains activated to plow and salt the roads as necessary. A full force of 90 drivers will report at 11 p.m. tonight to continue clean up on the main thoroughfares and secondary streets in preparation for Monday morning's commute.

Drivers are encouraged to reduce their speed, be careful, allow ample time to arrive at their destinations and give Indy Snow Force plenty of room to salt and plow the streets. Road conditions will improve overnight, but motorists should be cautious of slick spots. It is important for pedestrian safety that residents and business owners shovel their sidewalks and access ramps.

5:30 pm

Snowfall amounts across Indiana range from nearly 9 inches in northwestern Indiana to 1.7 inches at the National Weather Service office in Indianapolis.

The weather service says 8.8 inches of lake-effect snow has fallen in Portage, about 8 miles east of Gary.

Other snowfall amounts include at least 4 inches in Peru and Huntington, about 3.5 inches in Fort Wayne and Lafayette and 2 inches in Indianapolis' northern suburbs.

Hundreds of churches canceled Sunday services because of the snow and slippery driving conditions.

4:23 pm

Indiana State Police have shut down I-65 northbound at the 68 mile marker (State Road 46) because of an accident with multiple vehicles at the 76 mile marker Taylorsville exit.

A trooper who was first on the scene has minor injuries after he was struck while checking the original accident. No word on any other injuries.

4:09 pm

Radar at 3pm showed the anticipated second wave of moisture moving into Central Indiana… with a primary focus on areas along and south of the I-70 corridor.  Despite the radar image below showing mostly "blue", there have been reports of sleet and freezing rain in Morgan County.


Radar analysis suggests this slug of moisture will be most felt south of Indianapolis, as dry air appears to be winning the war on this second disturbance.


Though I've got Indianapolis in a 1-3″ potential range this evening, it's conceivable most accumulation will occur south of the city in somewhat better moisture fields.


The bigger story overnight may prove to be the refreezing of slushy/wet roads as temperatures drop into the single digits by 7am Monday morning.  I'd definitely plan on extra time in the morning and potential school delays too.

lows highs tomorrow

Under cloud cover and a persistent northeast wind, daytime highs Monday will struggle to hit 20 degrees in most backyards throughout Central Indiana.

Lastly let me admit the obvious that this storm didn't produce as initial forecast.  Though downward adjustments in snow potential were made this morning… this forecast ultimately busted due to higher impact of drier air from a stronger push from Arctic high pressure.  It's frustrating, it happens and I'm just as upset as some of you.

Ultimately it is a forecast and after some 53 inches this winter it's impossible to get everyone spot on.  We try our best but it comes with the territory.


The next few days will be unseasonably cold before air modifies and highs return to the 40s later in the week.  Safe travels this evening and thanks for visiting the blog – Sean Ash

4:08 pm

State Police have shut down I 65 northbound at the 68 mile marker because of an accident with multiple vehicles at the 76 mile marker Taylorsville exit. A trooper who was first on the scene has minor injuries after he was struck while checking the original accident. No word on any other injuries.

2:58 pm

It appears dry air will mostly win the war with this next wave.  Maybe another 1-2" for I-70 corridor and Indy, with 2-4" potential in southern viewing area between now and 10pm. 

The bigger story for metro Indianapolis will be roads refreezing after sunset as lows drop into the single digits. 

2:10 pm

It's been quiet here in the newsroom for a while, but we're starting to see the second round of snow moving into the state.

Check radar here.

12:15 pm

IU says this afternoon's men's basketball game against Ohio State will go on as scheduled. Story here.

Be aware that Bloomington could see another several inches of snow (with possible sleet/freezing rain mixed in) this afternoon and evening. If you're not already on campus and within walking distance of Assembly Hall, it may not be worth the risk!

11:30 am 

So, how much snow did we get this morning? 





10:44 am

About a dozen flights are canceled due to weather at the Indianapolis International Airport.

Check your flight's status here.

10:09 am

A 10-mile stretch of State Road 45 is now closed from New Unionville in Monroe County to Trevlac in Brown County. The closure is due to icy road conditions and a crash in the area.   Indiana State Police along with the Brown County Sheriff's Department are re-routing traffic at this time. 

Johnson County reports two slide-offs with one person injured.

8:53 am

Share your weather pictures here. If you're on Twitter, use #snowselfie and tweet us your snow selfie...we might put it on the air!

8:24 am

Marion, Hendricks, Hamilton, Hancock, Shelby and Bartholomew Counties are under travel advisories this morning. Brown, Decatur, Rush and Owen are under "watches" - which is one step above an advisory.

• Definitions:

Warning: The highest level of local travel advisory, means that travel may be restricted to emergency management workers only. During a "warning" local travel advisory, individuals are directed to:

(A) refrain from all travel;

(B) comply with necessary emergency measures;

(C) cooperate with public officials and disaster services forces in executing emergency operations plans; and

(D) obey and comply with the lawful directions of properly identified officers.

• 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 organizations.

• Advisory

- The lowest level of local travel advisory, means that routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas because of a hazardous situation, and individuals should use caution or avoid those areas.

8:13 am

Marion County is now under a travel advisory. 

Also, we'll be on the air until 10:00 am this morning.

8:05 am

Our crew is headed onto I-65 south from Michigan Road right now. Traffic moving slowly; roads are snow-covered and there's likely a layer of ice in there somewhere, too.

See travel advisories by county.

7:55 am

We're hearing from drivers that conditions are starting to get very icy in some spots. A caller tells us she spun out on I-70 near the Rural/Keystone exit.

7:44 am

Nearly 150 closings or delays this morning. See them here.

7:41 am

A woman in Johnson County who had to work an overnight shift tells reporter Carrie Cline that it took her 20 minutes to scrape the ice off her car this morning. Several drivers coming from the west report snow turning to ice "real fast."

Carrie says the precipitation has suddenly changed in Whiteland, Johnson county from freezing rain to ice. Very slick conditions.

7:28 am

As expected, areas to the north of the Indianapolis metro area are seeing more snow this morning. Some spots have also seen ice. Wayne and Tammy Walker sent us a Facebook picture of ice on a car windshield at Raymond and Tibbs, and also in Greenwood.