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Indianapolis city snow plows working through the night. Indianapolis city snow plows working through the night.
I-465 EB at 6 mm - slide-off I-465 EB at 6 mm - slide-off
Private plow drivers are working to clear parking lots for businesses. Private plow drivers are working to clear parking lots for businesses.
IPL transformer arcing near 52nd and Keystone. IPL transformer arcing near 52nd and Keystone.
INDIANAPOLIS -

NOTE: Now that all weather warnings have expired for central Indiana, this blog will no longer be updated.

Welcome to the WTHR.com winter storm blog! We'll be posting updates on the snowstorm and ensuing cold throughout the day. Be sure to refresh your page to see the latest version.

Check power outages here for IPL and Duke Energy.

6:03 pm

Hendricks County Commissioners will lift the Snow Emergency and Travel Restrictions as of 10:00pm this evening. The county will be at the watch level which means only necessary traffic on the roads.

Hendricks County Government offices will be closed on Wednesday, January 8, 2014.

4:47 pm

This afternoon, Mayor Tony Roswarski announced that he will lift the snow emergency for the City of Lafayette at 4:00 p.m. today.

4:28 pm

IPS cancels for Wednesday, along with most of the township school districts.

Keep track of closings here.

All lanes of I-70 are now open at the 115 mile marker west bound. Motorists should use caution in the area as traffic will be slow through the area for some time.

4:10 pm

Northbound I-65 has reopened to traffic between U.S. 31 at Edinburgh (Exit 76) and Whiteland (Exit 95). But Northern Bartholomew and Southern Johnson counties continue to have fair to difficult road conditions, and local authorities have declared a travel watch limiting travel to essential or emergency purposes. The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and Indiana State Police (ISP) urge drivers to use extreme caution and drive I-65 at a slow, steady speed.

3:34 pm

County roads in the unincorporated parts of Hamilton County remain under a Level 2 Orange Travel Watch. Residents are urged not to go out but travel is permitted for emergency reasons and to and from work during a Travel Watch. Drivers have been working 12 hour shifts in an attempt to clean county roads.

County Highway officials report that county roads are about 90% passable but most are slick and treacherous with ice and hard packed snow covering them. If residents must venture out, drive with extreme caution. From midnight until noon on Tuesday, more than a dozen property damage crashes were reported and well over 100 slide off crashes were investigated. Dialysis patients in need of emergency assistance should contact Hamilton County Communications.

3:33 pm

There is a jack knifed semi on I-70 west bound at the 115 mile marker, at the Knightstown exit. Troopers are routing traffic around the truck on the berm at this time.

3:15 pm

As temperatures begin to rise and roads conditions improve, IndyGo's Fixed Route, Open Door, Customer Service Call and Retail Centers and Administrative Services will resume normal hours tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 8.

Although all Fixed Route and Open Door trips will operate regular hours, passengers should expect delays due to increased travel on the roads and some detours in areas that haven't been completely cleared.

1:58 pm

Hamilton County officials have downgraded the Travel Warning to a Travel Watch for all county roads in the unincorporated areas of the county. Previously areas north of State Road 32 were under a Travel Warning and south were under a Travel Watch. This has changed and all roads are now under a Level 2 Orange Travel Watch. A Travel Watch means motorists are restricted to emergency travel and to and from work. County highway officials state that most roads are passable using extreme caution. Residents are still urged not to travel and to remain at home.

1:50 pm

Snow packed roadways and frigid temperatures have caused havoc for travelers as the Indiana State Police answered numerous calls for service throughout the Indianapolis District. The Indianapolis District is comprised of Marion, Johnson, Shelby, Hendricks, Hancock, Hamilton and Boone counties.

Beginning this morning at 6:00 a.m. until this afternoon at 12:30 p.m., troopers responded to 1 personal injury and 29 property damage crashes. Troopers assisted with 31 reported slide-offs that did not result in any damage and assisted 60 motorist's with weather related requests. Troopers also responded to 59 calls for service during this time period that was not weather-related. The personal injury crash was not serious and no life threatening injuries were reported.

1:48 pm

Lawrence Mayor Dean Jessup has lifted the city's snow emergency designation effective at 3 p.m. today, allowing the public to again use city streets. Mayor Jessup urged motorists, however, to go out only if necessary, as travel still can be treacherous.

City government also will open Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the emergency shelter set up Sunday by the city will remain open today and tonight for residents who have lost electric power and heat. People in need of shelter are asked to call 317-501-9708 or 317-258-6294 to arrange to be picked up and taken to the shelter. About 30 people used the shelter Monday, and about 600 electric customers in Lawrence are still without power.

1:16 pm

Northbound I-65 between exit 76 in northern Bartholomew County and exit 95 in Johnson County remains closed because of icy conditions and will remain closed at least for the next few hours.

INDOT and Indiana State Police officials will make a determination later this afternoon if the road can be re-opened or remain closed until tomorrow when the forecasted warmer temperatures will allow salt and other materials to work more effectively to melt the ice.

12:45 pm

Indy Snow Force crews are working around the clock to fight extreme temperatures, compacted snow and ice on the roads. Another shift of over 100 drivers reported at 11 a.m. to continue in the clean-up and salting of the city's main thoroughfares.

Roads are passable and cleared of the more than 11 inches of snow we received on Sunday. Historic subzero temperatures have compacted the snow and made the salt ineffective to help remove ice that has bonded to the roads.

As the temperatures increase and the wind subsides, the salt on the streets will start to activate and our crews will focus on plowing to avoid refreezing on roads through the night.

Another shift of drivers will report at 11 p.m. to continue work and ensure roads are as safe as possible for the morning commute. Residential contractors completed two 12-hour shifts before being deactivated last night at 7 p.m.

Our residential contractors added 300 pieces of equipment to our fleet so residents can get to the main thoroughfares from their homes. Indy Snow Force plans to focus 11 one-ton plows on the remaining residential areas as resources and time allow.

It's important that residents understand the magnitude of the snow event we received coupled with the severe temperatures. Plows in residential areas are focused on clearing the snow accumulations on the road and will not salt in these areas. It will take time for bare pavement to be visible and motorist should continue to use caution on the roads, slow down and adhere to travel advisories.

12:38 pm

At least three deaths related to snow or cold weather have been confirmed. They are:

A 41-year-old man was killed in an automobile crash in Henry County on Sunday.

A 66-year-old Anderson man was found outside on Sunday, after not returning from shoveling snow. He was pronounced dead of a heart-related issue.

A 90-year-old Wayne Township woman was found deceased on her back porch Monday. The woman, believed to have been shoveling a path for her dogs, died of cardiac arrest.

A fourth death, has not yet been determined to be weather related. On Tuesday morning, Wayne Township crews responded to a garage fire, in which they found a man deceased inside a car. The fire remains under investigation, but may be related to the cold temperatures.

12:12 pm

Indiana Department of Transportation's 16 Acres Unit at Columbus took advantage of the overnight closure along Interstate 65-closed between mile markers 76 and 95-to put down treated salt and repeatedly plow travel lanes. Once the north-south highway reopens, traffic will help applied materials break up ice and hard-packed snow.

Other state routes in the Columbus area are in reasonably good shape. Most have clear pavement with hardpack on white lines and edges.

A number of icy stretches remain on U.S. 31, S.R. 11 and S.R. 58. INDOT advises motorists to drive slowly and with extreme caution.

Currently, eleven plow trucks are servicing area roads out of the Columbus INDOT unit.

11:58 am

Hendricks County Officials are urging people to abide by the Snow Emergency and Travel Restrictions in Hendricks County. Police Departments are reporting roads are becoming like "ice rinks" due to the sun and extremely cold temperatures.

Many people have been traveling on Hendricks County Roads and law enforcement is having problems keeping up with all the slide offs. Hendricks County is in a level one/code red Snow Emergency which means only Emergency Vehicles should be on the roads.

Many county roads are still impassable due to the snow drifts, down power lines, and abandon vehicles. Emergency crews are working to clear roads as fast as they can. However, additional non-emergency traffic is causing delays and adding to the problem.

11:45 am

Pacers Sports & Entertainment Chief Operating Officer Rick Fuson: "We have been in constant contact with the NBA and our local government officials. All parties expect the game to be played as scheduled. If people have questions about tickets, they should call 917-2500 and ask for a ticket representative, who will work to resolve any issues."

11:44 am

I-65 now open to Chicago, but area highways are still snow- and ice-covered. Many travel warnings still in place.

10:37 am

The Red Cross Shelter at Fall Creek Intermediate School in Hamilton County will be closing at 10:00 this morning. An additional shelter will open at the Hamilton County 4H Fairgrounds at noon today. This shelter will accept pets as well as people.

Pets will be welcome in an area of the building if accompanied by the owners. Owners will be required to bring storage capabilities for their pets and all feeding, medication and maintenance requirements. Pet owners are encouraged to use common sense for which pets are to be brought. Interior home temperatures may drop to 20 degrees leaving all feline animals capable of remaining in the home. All dogs with long haired fur will be more than capable of remaining in the home. Small dogs, geriatric dogs and cats, exotic birds, etc, that may have difficulty with cold weather should be brought to the shelter. Officials are urging all residents without power to seek warm shelter.

10:34 am

IPL outages: 13,832; Duke outages: 2,734; SCI REMC: 4,023

10:33 am

Good article on the dangers of frostbite...even when you're bundled up!

10:29 am

​TRAFFIC UPDATE: Interstate 65 between Lafayette and Merrillville is back open, but still hazardous.

9:24 am

Chuck Lofton tells us it's six degrees colder in Indianapolis this morning than it is at the South Pole! Courtesy the polar vortex.

7:15 am Tippecanoe County's Travel Warning remains in effect with city streets ice covered and slick.  I-65 northbound remains closed.  I-65 northbound in Johnson County remains closed.  A jackknifed semi-trailer has closed I-69 northbound in Huntington County.  And westbound I-70 was closed just west of S.R. 267 by another crash.

Duke Energy reported 3,000 customers without power at 7:00 a.m.  Half of those customers were in Hamilton County.

IPL reported 12,000 customers in the dark - less than half the number at this time Monday.

2:15 am Tuesday

Johnson County reports U.S. 31 is very icy. State Police have shut down northbound I-65 at U.S. 31 due to dangerous travel conditions.  A jackknifed semi-trailer is blocking all lanes northbound north of Franklin.

11:05 pm

The American Red Cross continues to provide a safe, warm place for Indiana residents to come in out of the extreme cold. Please encourage those who need emergency shelter to contact the Red Cross at 888-684-1441. Below is the current list of Red Cross emergency shelters in alphabetical order by county:

Traders Point Christian Church, 6590 S. Indianapolis Rd., Whitestown (Boone County)

Cass County Family YMCA, 905 E. Broadway, Logansport (Cass County)

Colfax/Perry Township Fire Department, 103 Main St. W., Colfax (Clinton County)

Green Meadows Intermediate School, 1900 S. Jackson Street, Frankfort (Clinton County)

Kirklin Town Hall, 113 Main St., Kirklin (Clinton County)

Rossville Ambulance Garage, 50 E. North St., Rossville (Clinton County)

Greensburg Elementary School, 900 N Big Blue Ave., Greensburg (Decatur County)

American Red Cross, 325 E. Washington St., Muncie (Delaware County)

Carmel High School, 520 E. Main St., Carmel (Hamilton County)

Fall Creek Intermediate School, 12011 Olio Road, Fishers (Hamilton County) (NEW)

American Red Cross, 210 W. Walnut, Kokomo (Howard County)

American Red Cross, 441 E. 10th St., Indianapolis (Marion County)

Bloomington High School North, 3901 N. Kinser Pike, Bloomington (Monroe County) (NEW)

Owen County Family YMCA, 1111 W. State Highway 46, Spencer (Owen County)

Faith Community Center, 5572 Mercy Way, Lafayette (Tippecanoe County)

11:02 pm

Due to inclement weather and travel restrictions, local Simon malls will open tomorrow, Tuesday, January 7 at 12 p.m.

Affected shopping centers include:

· Castleton Square
· Circle Centre Mall
· Clay Terrace
· Fashion Mall at Keystone
· Greenwood Park Mall
· Hamilton Town Center
· Markland Mall
· Muncie Mall
· Washington Square

Mall employees are encouraged to reach out to their supervisors regarding their individual situations. This information is subject to change based on weather conditions.

10:13 pm

The Madison County Commissioners have closed the Madison County Government Center, Annex Building and the Purdue Extension office for Tuesday January 7, 2014

9:41 pm

Citizens Energy Group will reopen Tuesday, January 7 after being closed Monday, January 6 due to severe weather. Citizens will operate with a limited staff and will place priority on emergency calls regarding low water pressure, water main breaks, and customers without heat. Citizens' Customer Service Lobby will be open, but customers with non-emergency issues are asked to come in when Citizens is fully staffed on Wednesday, January 8.

9:35 pm

An additional Red Cross shelter has been established at Fall Creek Intermediate School, 12011 Olio Road, in Fishers. The facility is open for any area resident in need of shelter and will stay open throughout the night. Enter through Door 2. Temperatures are expected to remain well below zero creating dangerous conditions for those without heat. Residents are encouraged to utilize shelters and to check on those in their neighborhoods who may need assistance.

Pets cannot be accepted at the Red Cross shelter. Animal Control officers recommend pet owners contact family members to look after the pets or leave them within the home and check on them a couple of times a day. If the pet requires assistance they should contact the police to be placed in contact with the local animal control and the Humane Society.

The Red Cross shelter at Carmel High School remains open.

The warming stations previously located at Fishers Town Hall and the Fall Creek Township Community Building are closing at this time.

9:25 pm

Indiana Blood Center donor centers in the greater Indianapolis area will be open Tuesday, January 7, noon to 7 p.m. All mobile blood drives statewide are canceled Tuesday.

The organization is urging anyone who is able to safely travel to visit a donor center Tuesday. The blood supply as of noon on Monday is adequate thanks to resource sharing with other centers around the country and to decreased demand from hospitals since the winter storm. As conditions improve, demand at Indiana hospitals is expected to increase as the inventory begins to dwindle. A strong turnout by donors on Tuesday is imperative. Hoosiers unable to visit Tuesday are encouraged to do so later in the week.

9:01 pm

-Eskenazi Health's community health centers and the Eskenazi Health Outpatient Care Center will open tomorrow, Jan. 7, at 8 a.m.

-Given the continuing weather conditions, Riggs Community Health Center will now be CLOSED on Tuesday, January 7th.

8:40 pm

The Town of Fishers is providing shelter for anyone in need at the Town Hall Auditorium, 1 Municipal Dr., or the Fall Creek Township Community Building at 116th St. and Brooks School Rd. Transportation is available for those in need, by calling 317-567-5048.

8:29 pm

The Taylor University campus will remain closed Tuesday due to extreme cold, hazardous travel conditions, and ongoing blowing conditions that have hampered now removal efforts. This reverses an earlier decision to reopen tomorrow and delays the start of the January Interterm for a second day.

The Zondervan Library will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and the Kesler Center (KSAC) will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Shuttle service will be provided for on-campus students, faculty and staff members.

The Taylor University community urges everyone to exercise caution in traveling and being outdoors.

8:12 pm

Montgomery County Commissioners have closed the Montgomery County Offices for a second day. All County Offices will be closed on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.

8:01 pm

Due to the inclement weather, Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Offices and some WorkOne centers will open at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 7, 2014.

Hoosiers can visit www.workoneworks.com to find the contact information for their local WorkOne and call after 10:00 a.m. to find out if the local WorkOne is open. WorkOne centers in active weather emergency counties will most likely be closed Tuesday. Unemployment insurance benefit payments will continue as normal.

6:45 pm

Johnson County Commissioners will delay opening County Offices and Courts until 10:00 am on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014. We have also changed our travel status to Watch level.

6:07 pm

Due to travel restrictions in surrounding counties, all classes at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology are canceled for Tuesday, January 7. Campus offices are also closed. Residence halls and student dining services are open. All essential campus personnel are to report to their duties.

IU Bloomington closed Tuesday until 5 p.m. to all but essential personnel due to the continued extreme cold and poor road conditions. Night shift employees will be expected to come to work tomorrow starting at 5.

6:06 pm

The Marion County Coroner confirms that they have four weather-related deaths since Sunday night.

Two of the deaths involved Indianapolis residents who collapsed while shoveling snow.

The third is an elderly Wayne Township woman. She was found behind her home Monday morning, and was presumed to have been clearing a path in the snow for her dogs.

No info on the fourth death at this time.

6:05 pm

Purdue University officials announced that due to current and predicted adverse weather conditions, normal operations have been suspended on the West Lafayette campus.

5:27 pm

Appellate court leaders will delay the start of business hours on Tuesday, January 7th due to snow and record low temperatures. Office hours on Tuesday, January 7 will begin at 1 p.m. EST.

Acting Supreme Court Chief Justice Steven David, Court of Appeals Chief Judge Nancy Vaidik and Tax Court Judge Martha Wentworth have authorized the appellate courts and related agencies to open late on Tuesday. Justice David explained, "Governor Pence and Mayor Ballard have asked Hoosiers for continued cooperation during this difficult weather situation. We want to do our part to give road crews time to clear streets. We will delay the start of business Tuesday and expect to be back to normal hours on Wednesday."

The appellate court offices closed Monday. Any material due to be filed with an appellate court Monday is due Tuesday. See Appellate Rule 25.

5:27 pm

Decatur County and Greensburg City Offices will open TUESDAY for normal business. Travel Status remains Orange through NOON Tuesday

5:23 pm

Wanted to share this from Gov. Pence, who spoke earlier today:

"Part of how we make it through any kind of a serious storm, including this winter storm, is with partners in the media. I'm just very grateful to WTHR for responding quickly to the phone call to the mother who she and her children were stranded on I-65. Your ability to reach out quickly to the Indiana State Police allowed us to be on site within a matter of 15 minutes and get them out of harms way. We simply can not overstate the importance of our partners in the media being a part of public safety at times like this. On behalf of the people of Indiana and that little family, I'm grateful to Channel 13."

5:18 pm

Anyone in Shelbyville feel a shaking/quake recently? Might be a "frost quake!"

5:17 pm

The Pacers game for Tuesday night is on as regularly scheduled.

5:04 pm

The Hamilton County Board of Commissioners has decided to close all Hamilton County government offices on Tuesday, January 7. This includes county courts, offices, buildings, and parks. Essential public safety employees will remain active and on duty.

4:59 pm

Lawrence city government will remain closed Tuesday as the city and all of Central Indiana seek to recover from Sunday's snow storm and endure deadly wind chills.

"Our city's public safety, public works and utilities workers have performed admirably under extremely challenging circumstances over the last two days, and they will again be on duty to assist Lawrence residents," Mayor Dean Jessup said. "But with Central Indiana expecting very low temperatures and dangerous wind chills on Tuesday, we want our other city workers - as well as our residents - to stay home, safe and warm."

The snow emergency declared by Mayor Jessup Sunday afternoon remains in effect. That means city streets are closed to the public and only emergency responders may be on the streets. Motorists should not drive or park on city streets so that emergency responders and snow plows can get through.

The emergency shelter set up Sunday by the city will remain open for residents who lose electric power and heat, the mayor said. People in need of shelter are asked to call 317-501-9708 or 317-258-6294 to arrange to be picked up and taken to the shelter. About 20 people used the shelter Sunday.

Public safety workers - police, fire fighters and ambulance teams - will continue to respond to emergencies. Public works and utilities workers are staffing the city's fleet of nine dump trucks, 10 pickup trucks with plows, two backhoes and a loader.

4:58 pm

Mayor John Ditslear has announced that all City of Noblesville government offices will be closed tomorrow, January 7th, due to the continuing dangerous temperatures and wind chills. Non-essential city personnel will not be at City of Noblesville offices. Please note that this does NOT apply to the Street Department crews (who will continue to plow and treat city streets in twelve hour shifts around the clock) nor does it apply public safety personnel and emergency responders.

4:49 pm

Road conditions in Carmel continue to improve, but bitter cold temperatures have prompted Mayor Jim Brainard to order City Hall to be open on Tuesday, but only with essential personnel. Meanwhile, emergency officials continue to reach out to residents impacted by power outages.

Here are some late afternoon updates:

Carmel City Hall will be open Tuesday to address the needs of local residents, but in limited operations mode with only essential personnel working, alongside any others that can safely make it into the office.

Carmel Police and Fire personnel have been going door-to-door in the area of 106th Street to 98th Street, East of Keystone Ave to Lake Shore Drive East, making sure residents who are without power are okay. The American Red Cross shelter at Carmel High School remains open and at last check, there are about four people currently being served there. The number of individuals at the shelter has fluctuated all day. Personnel are in the process of transporting individuals from the shelter back home and/or to local hotels.

Carmel Streets: The city's snow plowing team has cleared all main and secondary streets and continues to make progress on residential neighborhoods and cul-de-sacs. An all-city plow will be complete before tomorrow morning. REMINDER: City plows are still focused on clearing out the streets and at this point cannot take extra time to clear the end of residential driveways, unless it is an emergency.

Carmel City Council: As a reminder, tonight's Council meeting has been canceled.

Carmel City Court will also operate in a Limited Operations Mode tomorrow.

4:48 pm

Ball State also closed Tuesday.

4:35 pm

IUPUI closed tomorrow.

4:26 pm

Governor Mike Pence has declared a state of disaster emergency for 29 counties affected by the severe weather that began on January 5.

"As a result of the severe snowstorms, extreme cold and dangerous wind conditions that have impacted counties across Indiana, I have declared a state of disaster emergency in the 29 counties that were most affected by the storm, and the State of Indiana stands ready to assist Hoosiers as needed," said Governor Pence. "We will continue to respond to this serious winter storm and evaluate its impact on other Indiana counties going forward."

The counties included in the declaration are: Clinton, Delaware, Elkhart, Fulton, Grant, Howard, Jasper, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Lake, LaPorte, Madison, Marshall, Montgomery, Newton, Noble, Porter, Pulaski, Rush, St. Joseph, Starke, Steuben, Sullivan, Tipton, Vermillion, Vigo, Wabash, White, and Whitley.

4:11 pm

In coordination with the City's decision to extend closures, normal IndyGo bus operations are suspended on Tuesday, Jan. 7 due to extremely cold temperatures.

4:10 pm

All Shelbyville and Shelby County Offices will remain closed until Wednesday morning, January 8th, 2014.

3:39 pm

Indiana State Government Offices to Open at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

3:24 pm

450 residents taken to emergency shelters in Indianapolis. 2,100 calls to the Mayor's Action Center since the storm began.

City-County offices closed tomorrow. Emergency personnel only.

3:20 pm

Town of Speedway officials today announced the closing of Town Hall and other Town government offices on Tuesday, January 7th.

3:19 pm

Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL) reports more than 65,000 customers were affected by Sunday's winter storm, and approximately 26,000 customers remain without power. Heavy snow on trees and power lines is the major cause of the outages.

Due to the current extreme weather conditions, restoration efforts could go into Thursday morning. IPL crews are working around the clock to restore power with the help of mutual assistance crews. A total of 275 neighboring utility workers are expected to help in this effort.

1:43 pm

Due to the inclement weather conditions, all local Simon malls will remain closed today, January 6.

Affected properties include:

· Castleton Square

· Circle Centre

· Clay Terrace

· Fashion Mall at Keystone

· Hamilton Town Center

· Greenwood Park Mall

· Markland Mall

· Muncie Mall

· Tippecanoe Mall

· Washington Square

All shopping centers plan to open tomorrow, Tuesday, January 7 at 10 a.m., though this is subject to change based on continuing conditions.

12:48 pm

Indiana State Police troopers from the Putnamville continue to assist motorists along Indiana roadways. The trouble spots today have been Interstate 70, Interstate 74, US 41 South, and State Road 63 North in Vigo and Vermillion counties.

The busiest spots along I-70 have been eastern Vigo County and western Clay County, as well as eastern Putnam County.

Since 12:01 am through noon, troopers have responded to 19 vehicle slide-offs, one property damage crash, and four mechanically disabled vehicles. Troopers have transported a number of motorists to local motels or restaurants for shelter. Traffic in the district is currently light and there are no major problems at this time. Motorists are strongly urged to refrain from driving and stay home.

12:25 pm

If you need an emergency shelter, contact the Red Cross at 888-684-1441.

Below is the current list of Red Cross emergency shelters in alphabetical order by county:

Traders Point Christian Church, 6590 S. Indianapolis Rd., Whitestown (Boone County)

Cass County Family YMCA, 905 E. Broadway, Logansport (Cass County)

Colfax/Perry Township Fire Department, 103 Main St. W., Colfax (Clinton County)

Green Meadows Intermediate School, 1900 S. Jackson Street, Frankfort (Clinton)

Kirklin Town Hall, 113 Main St., Kirklin (Clinton County)

Rossville Ambulance Garage, 50 E. North St., Rossville (Clinton County)

American Red Cross, 325 E. Washington St., Muncie (Delaware County)

Carmel High School, 520 E. Main St., Carmel (Hamilton County)

American Red Cross, 210 W. Walnut, Kokomo (Howard County)

American Red Cross, 441 E. 10th St., Indianapolis (Marion County)

Owen County Family YMCA, 1111 W. State Highway 46, Spencer (Owen County)

Faith Community Center, 5572 Mercy Way, Lafayette (Tippecanoe County)

Bunker Hill Community Center, 280 W. Broadway, Bunker Hill (Miami County) (CLOSED)

See information on staying safe during a winter storm/extreme cold.

11:51 am

Gov. Pence will evaluate whether to open state government offices Tuesday. They are closed today.

11:45 am

Gov. Pence to sign executive order declaring state of emergency in 27 counties due to cold; more could follow.

11:15 am

Gov. Pence about to speak. We've also heard from Mayor Ballard today, who says the city's travel status will be upgraded to "orange" at noon. But he still wants people to stay home - emergency travel only.

4:50 am

INDOT reports constant drifting snow is clogging I-65 between Lafayette and Gary.  The road is shut down north of Lafayette.

4:25 am

Indianapolis Red Cross reports almost 100 people took advantage of its 22 warming shelters set up in and around Indianapolis overnight. 

4:15 am

IndySnowForce tweet: Crews worked through the night to clear the roads and make them as passable as possible. Roads are passable but slick.

4:10 am

Howard County calls State of Emergency - only emergency travel allowed.  Snow drifts four feet deep reported on new U.S. 31 bypass.

1:33 am

An Indiana State Police trooper was not hurt when his patrol car was struck on I-70 near mile marker 12 in western Indiana. The trooper was assisting a stranded motorist when his car and the motorist were struck by an out-of-control semi.

11:55 pm

A warming shelter is open at the Saron United Church of Christ, 440 1 St. NE in Linton. The Wright Township Fire Department in Midland is also open as a warming shelter.

11:35 pm

The Hamilton County Board of Commissioners has declared a snow emergency and will be closing Hamilton County Government Offices for Monday, January 6, 2014. This applies to county offices, courts, buildings, and parks.

11:30 pm

The Indianapolis Star released the following information about delivery of Monday's newspaper:

To ensure the safety of our employees and our contracted newspaper distributors, we have decided to delay home delivery of Monday's print edition of The Indianapolis Star for most customers due to the severe weather and dangerous cold temperatures. In the majority of our distribution areas, we will deliver Monday's edition of the Star with Tuesday's print edition.

The Star plans to make print editions available at retail locations on Monday morning as roads allow.

"We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our loyal readers who depend on The Star each morning. We take our responsibility to deliver the Star 365 days a year very seriously. However, the safety of our carriers and employees is our number one priority. Unfortunately, the extraordinary weather conditions dictated a prudent course of action," Karen Crotchfelt, President and Publisher, said in a statement.

If you have any questions about your delivery of the Star, please call 888-357-7827.

11:08 pm

The Customer Service Center for Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL) will be closed on Monday, January 6. Additionally, the Customer Service Call Center will only accept outage and emergency calls. Due to forecasted weather conditions, IPL will not disconnect customers for non-payment during the storm event.

IPL customers are able to report outages and downed lines day or night by going to IPLpower.com or by calling IPL's Lights Out number at 317.261.8111. Stay updated on outages and restoration efforts by following IPL on Twitter.

10:35 pm

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard urges residents in need of shelter or evacuation to call Mayor's Action Center at 327-4MAC.

9:44 pm

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has increased the city's travel advisory to the warning level. All non-emergency traffic is directed off the streets, except for residents seeking shelter.

9:40 pm

Due to severe weather, Citizens Energy Group will be closed Monday, January 6. This closure includes Citizens Customer Service Lobby, Customer Service Call Center, Business to Business Call Center and calls involving rental units. In addition, crews will not read water or gas meters.

9:37 pm

All non-essential IndyGo services have been canceled for Monday, Jan. 6. Read the news release.

9:35 pm

The Town of Cicero has declared a snow emergency and travel warning until further notice. Travel shall be restricted to emergency personnel and snow clearing personnel only. Further restrictions may be implemented if necessary.

9:22 pm

Lawrence has a shelter open at Craig Middle School at 6501 Sunnyside. Residents of the Indian Lake neighborhood are reportedly without power.

9:15 pm

Indiana State Police at the Putnamville post report troopers have responded to 64 slide-offs, nine motor vehicle crashes, and four mechanically disabled vehicles.

9:00 pm

Indiana University officials tweeted, "Campus is closing at 9pm tonight and will remain closed through 9pm tomorrow. Administrators will re-evaluate the situation Monday evening."

8:05 pm

-Brown County has upgraded its travel status to a WARNING. Only emergency personnel should be on the roadways.

-Hendricks County government offices will be closed Monday.

-Carmel City Hall will be open Monday for essential personnel in order to serve the citizens of Carmel in need, however, non-essential employees have been advised to take precaution and not try to get to work if roads are too dangerous.

"During the aftermath of the storm I believe it is our responsibility to be open if it all possible and have the phones answered and personnel available to help the public," said Mayor Jim Brainard.

However, Carmel City Hall will only be open under "limited operations mode" which allows non-essential employees to choose whether to come in based on their own decision. Meanwhile, Carmel City Court has decided to close its hearings for the day. Those scheduled to appear are not required due to the inclement weather and hazardous weather conditions by order of Judge Brian G. Poindexter.  All individuals will be sent their new date to appear by mail.  They may inquire by phone at 317-517-2440 as to their new court date.

7:28 pm

Taylor University has canceled classes and closed offices for Monday, January 6, in light of impending severe winter weather. The decision delays by one day the start of Taylor's January Interterm to Tuesday, January 7. In addition, office will reopen on Tuesday.

Some campus services will be open to students who have already returned to campus, including the Hodson Dining Commons.

7:05 pm

The Red Cross announced more shelters opening at the following locations: 

  • Faith Community Center 5572 Mercy Way, Lafayette
  • American Red Cross 210 W. Walnut, Kokomo
  • Owen County Family YMCA 1111 W. State Highway 46, Spencer

6:45 pm

Clinton County is under a Level One snow emergency.

6:40 pm

Hamilton County is currently experiencing a number of power outages, mostly located in the southern part of the county around Carmel. Due to the extreme weather conditions, public officials working with Red Cross is opening a shelter at 8:30. Area residents in need of temporary shelter are encouraged to seek shelter at Carmel High School, Door 21 on the northeast side of the school. Red Cross workers will be available at the school to assist those in need.

At this time, Carmel High School, 520 E. Main Street, is the only shelter open in Hamilton County. Officials will continue to monitor conditions and power outages to determine if additional shelters are needed. Other shelter locations have been identified throughout the county but are not open at this time.

5:55 pm

View a map of 24-hour warming centers offered by Indy Parks & Recreation. Centers marked in green are already open, those marked in red are mobilizing to open.

5:39 pm

In response to severe weather and expected extreme cold temperatures, Governor Mike Pence has authorized all state government offices to remain closed on Monday. Essential personnel will report to work to ensure public safety and critical services are available.
 
"We want to ensure that our employees are safe and that Hoosiers have access to critical public services," said Governor Pence. "I am limiting the number of employees who must report to work on Monday to help keep people off the roads and out of the extreme cold, even while we make sure that Hoosiers have access to necessary government services."
 
The Governor had previously announced a delay for Monday office hours.

5:36 pm

I-69 southbound partially blocked at the 216 mile marker due to a jackknifed semi. No injuries reported.

5:25 pm

From the Red Cross: Shelter opening at 6pm in Whitestown at the Traders Point Christian Church, 6590 S. Indianapolis Rd.

4:50 pm

The Red Cross will open a shelter at Green Meadows Intermediate School Sunday at 6 p.m. for those needing shelter. Hoosiers who need shelter can call 888-684-1441 for assistance.

4:47 pm

Per Johnson County Commissioners: They have declared a snow emergency with travel status as a Warning. All County offices and all Courts will be closed on Monday, January 6, 2014.

4:34 pm

Despite the snow and unusually cold temperatures that have blanketed the state, the U.S. Postal Service wants to assure our customers that we will be making every attempt to deliver critical mail such as medicine and other essential items along with regular mail whenever possible tomorrow, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, and for the rest of the week.

Employees scheduled to work tonight (Sunday), and Monday morning are encouraged to make arrangements to arrive on time to provide this necessary service to our customers.

To help letter carriers deliver the mail safely, we are appealing to our customers to assist us by clearing snow and ice from pathways leading to their mailboxes.

4:33 pm

Mayor John Ditslear announced that all City of Noblesville government offices will be closed tomorrow, January 6th, due to the weather conditions and the severe temperatures and wind chills that are predicted for tomorrow. Non-essential city personnel will not be at City of Noblesville offices. Please note that this does NOT apply to the Street Department crews (who will continue to plow and treat city streets in twelve hour shifts around the clock) nor does it apply public safety personnel and emergency responders.

4:32 pm

The Indianapolis City-County Council will not hold its regularly scheduled meeting set for Monday, January 6, 2014. The full Council will reconvene on January 27, 2014.

2:59 pm

Slide-off of tanker hauling hazardous chemical in Tipton County on US 31. Hamilton County is closing US 31 at Tipton-Hamilton County line.

2:03 pm

Marion County is under a travel watch. Mayor Greg Ballard is urging residents to stay inside as temperatures fall overnight.

From IPS: IPS campuses and central services are closed on January 6, 2014. The safety of our students, staff and families is paramount.

Blackford County is also under a travel watch.

1:17 pm

Boone County is now under a travel warning.

Warning is the highest level of local travel advisory, means that travel is 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: (D) obey and comply with the lawful directions of property identified officers.

12:58 pm

As of 1:00 pm, 3,057 IPL customers are without power. The largest outage is in Perry Township (2,935). Duke Energy reports 3,150 outages, the majority in Vigo County.

12:50 pm

BREAKING: I-65 closed northbound at 38th street because of a jack-knifed semi.  Traffic at a standstill.

12:43 pm

From Scott Swan: My commute from Fishers to downtown Indy. 1 hour. Few cars. Binford was horrible. 25 mph the whole way. People need to slow down.

12:29 pm

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12:12 pm

Mayor Ballard will hold a news conference at 1:30 pm. We'll bring you updates on the city's efforts to keep the streets clear.

11: 45 am

The Indiana House and Senate have postponed tomorrow's scheduled opening session.

11:40 am

Hamilton County is under a travel warning today; other counties are under watches or advisories. Nothing for Marion County yet.

You can check travel status here.

Travel Status information is provided by each County's Emergency Management Agency.

Definitions of travel status

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:

refrain from all travel;
comply with necessary emergency measures;
cooperate with public officials and disaster services forces in executing emergency operations plans; and
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.

11:37 am

Public Safety Director Troy Riggs is urging Indianapolis residents to stay off the roads so emergency responders and plow trucks can do their work.

11:17 am

Indy airport has 2.6 inches of snow so far. Chuck Lofton says it will be -13 by 8am tomorrow...dangerous cold!

11:12 am

Reporter Rich Van Wyk says: Hamilton County sheriff reports numerous minor accidents and slide-offs. So far dented fenders and damaged pride, but no injuries reported.

10:42 am

Snow reports: Thorntown 3", Mooresville 0.5", Franklin 0.5", Westfield 1.5", Zionsville 1.8

10:35 am

Reporter Rich Van Wyk says: Roads are getting worse. Trip from downtown to Noblesville took about twice as long as usual.

10:33 am

The City of Indianapolis will have emergency shelters open in case people lose heat. Most of these shelters are at city park facilities but opening times vary. The shelters will be open Jan. 6/7.

See a list here.

10:31 am

Lawrence Mayor Dean Jessup is urging residents there to stay home Sunday.

"With the snow coming down as heavily as it is and with expectations that this onslaught will continue for many more hours, we'll be concentrating exclusively on the thoroughfares that traverse the city," Mayor Jessup said. "We want to ensure that police officers, ambulances and fire equipment can respond to emergencies and not get hung up by the snow."

The city's fleet of nine dump trucks, 10 pickup trucks with plows, two backhoes and a loader will be out in force to plow Post Road, Franklin Road, 56th Street, Sunnyside Road and Oaklandon Road and will return as often as necessary to make sure they are clear, Mayor Jessup said.

The crews will move on to collector streets - two-lane streets that move traffic from residential streets to the thoroughfares - after the thoroughfares are cleared. They include Lee Road, Indian Lake Road and 75th Street. It may be Monday before the crews can reach residential streets.

In the meantime, Mayor Jessup urged residents to stay home and stay warm unless they absolutely must go out. Residents are asked to look to their neighbors first if they have a minor need, but to call 911 in case of emergency. The city is working with several local churches and will open a municipal facility if emergency shelter is needed, the mayor said.

10:11 am

The Salvation Army is preparing to serve those with emergency needs during the storm.

Starting Monday, The Salvation Army will open several of its facilities as Warming Centers for anyone needing shelter from the extreme conditions. Each Warming Center will provide hot drinks, water, snacks and some basic meal options such as sandwiches.

The Warming Centers will be open from 9 AM until 8 PM and the locations are as follows:

The Salvation Army Fountain Square Community Center - 1337 Shelby Street
The Salvation Army Center City Corps - 234 E. Michigan Street
The Salvation Army Eagle Creek Community Center - 4400 N. High School Road.

If Marion County Emergency Management requests a 24 hour shelter, The Salvation Army Eagle Creek Community Center will be able serve in that capacity. The Salvation Army is working directly with Marion County Emergency Management and will continue to serve those who need shelter as the extreme weather continues.

10:03 am

Governor Mike Pence has directed the Indiana National Guard to stage Highway Assistance Teams in response to the heavy snow and low temperatures forecasted across the state.

A total of 24 teams, consisting of 96 individuals, have been deployed across the state to assist in life saving and rescue operations. Each team has four individuals and two vehicles.

The Highway Assistance Teams perform a variety of tasks, including rescuing stranded motorists, moving individuals to shelters, and assisting local EMS in reaching individuals who need medical attention.

Armories deploying teams include Lebanon, Johnson County, Shelbyville, Indianapolis, Richmond, Brazil, Columbus, Seymour, Scottsburg, New Albany, and Terre Haute.

Needs will continue to be assessed as the storm moves through Indiana and additional resources will be deployed as necessary.

8:41 am

Be aware that the timing of the storm system has changed. The heaviest snowfall is now expected between noon and 7:00 pm although snow is already falling in Indianapolis.

See forecast details here.

8:37 am

We're on the air in extended coverage right now. Today's episode of Meet The Press will air overnight at 3:00 am. Inside Indiana Business is airing on Cozi-TV at 11:00 am. Check local listings for other areas and Cable Networks.

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