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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Travel Advisories are in effect throughout Indiana with a Winter Storm Warning in effect through Sunday morning.

8:50 a.m. - Warning expires for Indy

7:25 a.m. More crashes

I-65 in Johnson County was blocked by a crash just south of the Franklin Exit. Traffic is moving once again.

6:45 a.m. - Hendricks County slideoff

A semi is in the median on I-70 near State Road 39. No report of injuries.

Noblesville officers are getting some social media attention for a Facebook post from Saturday. They responded to a call about possibly unsafe sledding, but that was not the case once they arrived.

6:30 a.m. - More closings and delays

The latest check on church services, businesses and other organizations changing their schedules today shows 134 entries. Check the list here

The Indianapolis Zoo will be opening at 11:00 a.m.

6:00 a.m. - Crashes continue

Tipton County reporting a semi rollover near 2500 West State Road 28. Emergency crews are on scene. Use an alternate route if possible.

11:03 p.m. - Snow total for Indianapolis reaches 6.9 inches.

9:50 p.m. - IMPD says that since midnight, police have responded to 275 crashes.

That includes 18 personal injury accidents, 178 property damage accidents, 18 no information accidents and 61 slide offs.

8:23 p.m. - Kelly Greene provides a Facebook Live weather update.

8:05 p.m. - Indianapolis State Police have responded to 121 crashes since 4 a.m.

5:25 p.m. - I-70 reopens in Greenfield

5:22 p.m. - Putnamville ISP provide accident update.

3:35 p.m. - Indy Snow Force has used 2900 tons of salt on city streets.

3:30 p.m. - Lots of people across central Indiana are enjoying the snow day! Tweet us your photos @wthrcom!

"Getting ready for the big game - Go Colts!" (WTHR Photo: Mary Milz/Twitter)
"This is the perfect day for snowballs and smiles!!! We love how Ean and the neighborhood kids get together for fun!" (WTHR Photo: Andrea Morehead/Twitter.)
Future Colt! (Photo by Cheryl Hampton)
"Oh man look at how inspired the Hall’s from Avon are. Love this!" (WTHR Photo: Kevin Rader/Twitter)
"Have to admit I love this too!" (WTHR Photo: Kevin Rader/Twitter)
"When it snows on the weekend!" (WTHR Photo: Scott Swan/Twitter)
"My son is in Kansas City for the Colts game and he and his friends did this outside of their hotel room last night!" (Photo provided by Shane Coogan)
"Postcard pretty snow!" (WTHR Photo: Sean Ash/Twitter)
"I live in Greenwood across from the Mall. I used to be a weather watcher for WTHR, before technology. 😃 I’m still a junky. We have a little over 4” so far." (Photo submitted by Mary Falconbury)
"Colts head coach Frank Reich watches his team during pregame warmups." (WTHR Photo: Ben Reiff/Twitter)
Luke Everett: Lebanon, IN (Photo submitted by Logan Glassburn)
(Photo submitted by Amie Johnson)
"Terre Haute shows it’s pride." (WTHR Photo: Kevin Rader/Twitter)
Luke Everett: Lebanon, IN (Photo submitted by Logan Glassburn)
"Colts pride from the south side. #GoColts" (Photo submitted by Alexis Deaton)
"NWS Indianapolis has recorded 5.4" of snow in Indy so far today! More snow on the way and more great Colts action is happening on Channel 13! #GoColts! Here's a great Colts snowman from the Barnett family in Noblesville!" (Photo: Kelly Greene/Twitter)
"This picture from Shannon in Greencastle really shows what Hoosiers are talking about today!" (Photo: Matt McCutcheon/Twitter)

2:30 p.m. - As you clear your driveways, here's a friendly reminder from Wayne Township Fire Department.

Wayne Township Fire is reminding people to make sure there's at least 3 feet clear around fire hydrants.

1:55 p.m. - Fatal crash closes westbound I-70 at Greenfield

A crash on westbound I-70 between Greenfield and Mt. Comfort has closed I-70 at Greenfield. A long backup formed while crews dealt with an earlier semi slide off. A crash in the back up with injuries has now closed all traffic at the 100 Mile Marker.

1:45 p.m. - I-65 closed northbound north of Lafayette.

State Police say Interstate 65 northbound has been shut down at the 175 mile marker. There is an overturned passenger car and a jack-knifed semi partially closing the interstate.

A second collision occurred on the overpass at State Road 25 in Tippecanoe County where a semi has overturned and two others have jack knifed.

Northbound traffic can exit onto S.R. 25, but police are asking that drivers avoid the area entirely.

Clean-up is expected to go into the late evening hours and police have not estimated when the interstate can reopen.

1:30 p.m. - Some roads are getting better, some are not.

12:45 p.m. - Indy hits four inches.

Lindsey just finished another Facebook live installment.

12:00 p.m. - Updated forecast and snow totals

Lindsey Monroe has updated our snow totals through 11:00 a.m. At the airport, they have recorded 3.6 inches of snow so far.

Slide offs continue to be a problem on the highways. I-74 is back open after two semi's tangled in Decatur County between Indianapolis and Cincinnati.

10:50 a.m. - State Police say they have worked more than 50 crashes so far today.

9:55 a.m. - 32 counties under advisories. Owen County under a Travel Watch

9:40 a.m. - DPW update

The Indianapolis Department of Public Works reports they have used 1,400 tons of salt so far during the current storm.

9:00 a.m. - Driving the roads

Anna Carrera and Joe Fenton have been "exploring" the streets of Indianapolis today. DPW continues to work on main streets and asks that if you park on the street, you be ready to move to make way for plows. Follow progress on the Indy Snow Force viewer.

8:20 a.m. - Accidents continue

7:40 a.m. - Travel Advisories

Multiple counties have issued Travel Advisories as a result of the morning snow. Most of the counties are south of Indianapolis. Hamilton County joined just after 7:30 a.m.

A yellow level Travel Advisory has been issued for unincorporated roads in Hamilton County, effective
Saturday morning until further notice. This is the lowest level of local travel advisory and means that
routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas because of a hazardous situation. Individuals should
use caution or avoid those areas. Unincorporated roads are those roads maintained by Hamilton County,
usually roads outside cities and towns.

7:35 a.m. Lindsey goes Live on Facebook

7:00 a.m. - Anna Carrera and Joe Fenton are out and about, checking in with DPW on plowing progress.

6:40 a.m. - Plows trying to keep up

INDOT is reporting snow is falling at a rate of about 1/2 inch per hour. "Roads are passable but snow covered. 250+ trucks plowing and salting. Slow down give plow drivers plenty of room."

6:15 a.m. Updated forecast

Lindsey Monroe has updated our Live Doppler 13 forecast. Not much has changed - we're still looking at 4"-7" inches by tomorrow morning.

5:35 a.m. - Slick roads

Reports of crashes and slide-offs are coming in from multiple locations. Several cars have spun and hit the barriers on I-465 around Indianapolis, and a westbound semi has jack knifed at State Road 39 in Hendricks County.

5:00 a.m. - Indy Snow Force active

Metro snow plows are working to clear main streets at this hour. The Indy Snow Force Viewer lets you follow their progress.

4:45 a.m. - Closings

Ten organizations and businesses in Marion County have called off activities for Saturday. Full List

Snow is accumulating on roads, but traffic is light with very few accidents reported at this hour.

12:35 a.m. Saturday - And so it begins

Snow has arrived in the Indianapolis metropolitan area. We've launched a feed of Live Doppler 13 Weather Radar to help you prepare as this storm rolls through. Here's the forecast from meteorologist Angela Buchman.

11:00 p.m. Friday - Indy Snow Force deploys entire fleet

Eyewitness News Nightbeat was live at a DPW facility on E. 21st St. Friday when 80 drivers hit the streets to begin pre-treating streets ahead of the season's first major snowstorm. And while snowfall had yet to arrive in the metro area, crews were focused on the task of pre-treating the city's major thoroughfares.

DPW Director Dan Parker drove the first truck out of the garage.

Employees will work continuously during the storm and even have a plan for extra help if things get really messy. The city's solid waste trucks can be equipped with snow blades. There's also a provision for bringing in contract snow plow operators when certain conditions exist.

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