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Blizzard takes aim on Central Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS -

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The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday. The warning includes Indianapolis.

(See a full list of counties included in the blizzard and winter storm warnings here.)

Snow, blowing snow and freezing rain is possible in some areas.

The winter storm warning is no longer in effect.

Chuck Lofton says five to nine inches of snow is expected to fall in the Indianapolis metro area. Areas to the northwest of Indianapolis could see three to five inches of snow. Higher amounts are possible to the southeast of the metro area, with some counties seeing up to 10 inches of snow.

The National Weather Service reported about six inches of snow had fallen before daybreak Wednesday near Evansville as a blizzard warning was in effect in most of the state's southern two-thirds.

State police reported numerous slide-off accidents in the Evansville area and white-out conditions on Interstate 64 with wind gusts around 30 miles per hour.

Weather service meteorologist Jason Puma says a weather spotter in Seymour saw snowflakes the size of quarters falling as a couple inches accumulated before 6:00 a.m.

A blizzard warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel, bring a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle.

City of Indianapolis prepares for storm

Indy Snow Force has scheduled a full call out of 118 drivers who reported to work at 11 p.m.  Tuesday night. Drivers will pre-treat bridges and roads and continue to work 12-hour shifts as necessary, to clear the roads.

Currently Indy Snow Force has 50 contractors totaling 350 individual plowing units on standby to address the residential neighborhoods.

Trucks were fueled and loaded with salt on Monday. Crews will drop salt that contains magnesium chloride on more than 6,000 lanes miles of main thoroughfares and secondary streets.

INDOT

INDOT crews have already begun pre-treating bridges and roadways with salt brine, an anti-icing solution. INDOT will continue to monitor multiple developing forecasts, as well as a statewide network of road and bridge pavement sensors, to deploy the needed personnel, equipment and materials ahead of any predicted accumulation. INDOT's top winter priority is to plow and treat its more than 30,000 lane miles of interstates, U.S. highways and state routes.

Check travel conditions here.

You can also call toll-free 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) for updated Indiana travel information, including road conditions, road closures, construction information, crashes and other traffic alerts.

INDOT asks drivers to promote their own safety and that of others by offering the following tips:

· ACCELERATE GRADUALLY on ice or snow to avoid slipping and sliding
· DRIVE SLOWLY and carefully to avoid rear-end collisions and sliding on curves
· ALLOW GREATER DISTANCE behind the car ahead; it takes more time to stop on snow and ice
· BRAKE EARLY, break slowly, never slam on the brakes; if you have anti-lock brakes, press the pedal down firmly and hold it; if you don't, gently pump the pedal
· NO CRUISE CONTROL; avoid abrupt steering maneuvers
· MAINTAIN GOOD VISIBILITY, stay alert and use your headlights so others can see you
· GIVE SNOWPLOWS ROOM to operate; don't tailgate or try to pass

Stay tuned to Eyewitness News starting for the latest forecast updates.

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