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WTHR will post city office cancellations here. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list. We will post closures as we get them. See all closures here.

Mayor Greg Ballard Tuesday afternoon announced that City of Indianapolis government offices will be closed on Wednesday. All non-essential City personnel should not report to work Wednesday.

State offices are open Wednesday.

Anderson

City of Anderson Snow Task Force is requesting all Anderson residents' parked vehicles be removed from established emergency routes in preparation for impending weather conditions effective immediately. Emergency Routes include: 5th Street, 8th Street, 22nd St., 38th St., 53rd St., Broadway St., Cross St., Jackson St., Madison Ave., Martin Luther King Blvd., Raible Ave., Rangeline Rd., University Blvd., and Vineyard St.

Columbus

Columbus Regional Health Outpatient Services will be closed on Wednesday, December 26, because of anticipated severe weather. Outpatient surgeries for Wednesday are NOT being cancelled, but all other outpatient services will not be available.  Emergency Services will remain open. Information about when Outpatient Services will resume regular hours will be posted as soon as the information is available. Services closed include: Cancer Center, Breast Health Center, Lung Institute, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Wound Center.

Fishers

All Town of Fishers administrative offices will be closed on Wednesday, December 26, due to the incoming winter storm. Essential personnel, including public safety and public works employees will still be on duty.

Hamilton County

The Hamilton County Board of Commissioners has decided to close the Hamilton County Government Offices on Wednesday, December 26th in light of the impending snow storm.

With 5 to 10 inches of snow and high winds forecast, the Board of Commissioners does not want to risk bringing employees in under these conditions. Officials will be monitoring the conditions and updating road reports as the storm moves through the area.

Henry County

Per the Henry County Commissioners all County Offices will be closed on December 26th 2012.

Marion County Health Department

In response to the blizzard warning issued by the National Weather Service for the Indianapolis area, the Marion County Public Health Department announces that all offices will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 26. This includes the main office at 3838 N. Rural St. as well as the Northeast District Health Office, the Northwest District Health Office, the South District Health Office, Bell Flower Clinic, the ACTION Health Center and other health department offices that provide services around Marion County. Dr. Virginia Caine, director of the Marion County Public Health Department urges residents to take steps to remain safe during and after the winter storm.

· If you have to go outside, dress in layers and wear a cap, mittens and a scarf. Mittens keep hands warmer than gloves.

· If you are traveling, let others know where you are and where you are going.

· Packed snow has about 25 percent less traction than normal road conditions. Drive a safe speed for conditions and don't follow cars too closely.

· Watch for fallen power lines.

· In case of a power outage, have extra blankets and a working flashlight on hand.

· When shoveling snow, avoid over-exertion. Push the snow rather than lifting it. Pace yourself and ask for help if needed.

Dr. Caine is especially concerned about disabled and elderly residents. She advises everyone to check on relatives or neighbors who might have health or mobility concerns.

Winter weather also poses dangers such as carbon monoxide poisoning. Here are just a few guidelines from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for preventing carbon monoxide poisoning.

· Don't use a generator, charcoal grill, camp stove, or other gasoline or charcoal-burning device inside your home, basement, or garage or near a window.

· When driving, leave a window slightly open and make sure snow is clear from the car's tailpipe.

· Don't run a car or truck inside a garage attached to your house, even if you leave the door open.

· Don't burn anything in a stove or fireplace that isn't vented.

· Don't heat your house with a gas oven.

· Do seek prompt medical attention if you suspect CO poisoning and are feeling dizzy, light-headed, or nauseous.

Noblesville

Please be advised that all City of Noblesville government offices will be closed on Wednesday, December 26 due to the predicted winter storm. Essential personnel, including police, fire, and street department employees will still be on duty.

Shelbyville

After consulting with local officials and based upon the weather forecast and Blizzard Warning issued by the National Weather Service, the Mayor of Shelbyvile has made the decision to close City of Shelbyvile offices Wednesday December 26, 2012.

Speedway

Town of Speedway offices will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, December 26, in anticipation of blizzard-like conditions forecast for central Indiana. Only essential personnel should report for duty at their regular time tomorrow. Town Hall and all administrative offices will be closed. The Speedway Town Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, December 26 has been POSTPONED until Thursday, December 27 at 7:00pm at Speedway Town Hall.

Wayne Township

Also, the Wayne Township Trustee's Office and Wayne Township Small Claims Court will be closed due to weather.

See all closures here.

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