Live Blog: Numerous slide-off accidents reported around Central Indiana

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Crashes, icy roads cause traffic snarls
Afternoon commute slowed by icy conditions
Ice, snow making travel tricky in places

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — Our Live Doppler 13 weather team is predicting ice and snow accumulations across parts of central Indiana today. Stay updated on weather, road and traffic conditions here.

2:20 p.m. Numerous accidents reported along I-70 near Little Point.

11:30 a.m. - State Police report snow beginning to fall in Madison County.

10 a.m. - The Indiana Department of Homeland Security activated the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to monitor winter weather conditions across the state.

The State EOC will be staffed by representatives from IDHS, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Indiana State Police (ISP), the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC), the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC), the Indiana National Guard and the American Red Cross. EOC staff will continue to monitor conditions across the state and coordinate help when needed.

9:30 a.m. - A jack knifed semi has blocked southbound I-65 near I-465 on the northwest side. Snow is starting to fall in that area now.

9 a.m. - Downtown Indy is a break from the precipitation for now.

In Whitestown, roads are still covered in ice, with snow on the way.

8:10 a.m. - Nearly 300 of Duke Energy customers are experiences power outages in Hamilton County. Power is expected to be restored by 11 a.m.

7:55 a.m. - Hamilton County and Johnson County have upgraded travel advisories from yellow to orange. According to the Department of Homeland Security, that means 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.

Fishers Police says roadways are slick in the area.

All Hamilton County government offices have also closed.

7:30 a.m. - In Carmel, our Alyssa Raymond is seeing ice build up on the headlights on cars. Down south in Perry Township, our Rich Nye has ice building up on his driveway.

In Indianapolis, snow plows are out and working downtown.

A snow plow working in downtown Indianapolis around 7:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. (WTHR photo)

7:25 a.m. - According to Duke Energy's website, all power has been restored to customers in Putnam County. Duke Energy is now only reporting a few dozen outages in Vigo and Washington counties.

7 a.m. - Although salt trucks and plows have been out, road conditions are still struggling.

6:30 a.m. - Stay updated on road conditions from INDOT here.

Many roads in the wester part of the state are "hazardous" according to INDOT maps.

Kelly says precipitation is moving from northwest to southeast, and conditions will continue to deteriorate.

6:20 a.m. - Carmel Clay Schools and Hamilton Southeastern Schools will now be CLOSED today.

6:10 a.m. - School closings and delays continue to roll in as the weather and road conditions worsen. See all delays here.

Our Alyssa Raymond is headed to Carmel to check out conditions there.

5:20 a.m. - Indianapolis Public Schools, Beech Grove City Schools, and Lawrence, Washington and Pike township schools are closed today, along with Center Grove Schools in Johnson County.

5:15 a.m. - INDOT road sensors show bridges along I-65, I-74 and I-70 north and west of Indianapolis are under Ice Warnings. I-465 at I-865 is also under an Ice Warning. Temperatures south of Indianapolis are still above freezing, but dropping quickly, putting those bridges under Ice Watch status.

Carmel Clay, Hamilton Southeastern, and Westfield Washington Schools are all on a two-hour delay.

5 a.m. - There are reports of Duke Energy power outages in Putnam County. Duke Energy is currently reporting about 150 customers have lost power in that area. Customers may have have power restored until noon.

The power company also released some tips for customers ahead of the storm. Find those here. Find current outage information here.

4:30 a.m. - See Chuck's latest forecast here.

Perrine had an update on road conditions.

4 a.m. - Indiana State Police Sgt. John Perrine is up and at 'em this morning. He suggests if there's any way you can stay home, do it. Also, #DontDriveLikeAKnuckleHead

INDOT trucks have been out since midnight in anticipation of a wintry mix.

INDOT ussued a full call-out of its snow plow trucks — about 1,100 statewide. About 60 of those trucks are treating roads around the metro area.

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