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Central Indiana prepares for winter weather

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Indianapolis - Friday morning's dusting of snow is just the beginning of a pattern of precipitation expected to continue throughout the weekend.

Rain will begin to fall Saturday afternoon, with the rain turning to snow overnight into Sunday. Light snow begins around midnight and ends around 5:00 am Sunday. We will experience a dry period until about 1:00 pm Sunday when another band of light snow starts to roll through.

The snow is expected to end around 5:00 am Monday morning. Total accumulation expected: two inches in the Indianapolis metro area, and two to four inches further north towards the Muncie area.

Blowing snow is possible north and northeast of Indianapolis Sunday.

Windy conditions with gusts up to 35 mph are expected Sunday into Monday, along with sub-zero wind chill values later in the weekend through early next week.

Salt give-away

Saturday morning (Dec. 11th) from 9:00 am to noon, St. Vincent Hospital will provide free bags of salt to the public. The distribution will take place at St. Vincent's ER ambulance bay at 2001 W. 86th Street in Indianapolis.

The St.Vincent Emergency Department has partnered with the City of Indianapolis and other local organizations to bag salt to reduce and prevent the number of emergency room visits related to falls on ice during the winter season.

The ERase project will be specifically beneficial for the older adult and pediatric populations, who are advised to be more vigilant during the winter seasons. Common back injuries, wrist and ankle fractures can occur due to falls on ice.

The event will include volunteers filling bags of salt, various forms of entertainment and prize giveaways.

Indy Snow Force

All Indy Snow Force personnel were placed on standby-status beginning at 3:30 p.m. Thursday until 7:00 a.m. Monday, December 13, 2010 to be activated as weather conditions dictate as a result of precipitation tonight through the weekend.

Since 2008, 57 brand new snow trucks have been added to the City's snow fleet. Additionally, the residential contract fleet has been upgraded by more than 100 percent allowing the availability of 400 additional pieces of equipment to be used in residential areas in snowfalls of 6 inches or more.

SPECIAL ASSISTANCE

Citizens with disabilities, or those who may need medical, or health related assistance such as transportation, or medication pick-up should please contact Connect 2 Help at 211, or 926 – HELP (926 – 4357). Residents may also visit here for more information.

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