STORM BLOG: Dense fog to impact travel Monday morning

West side crash sends four people to the hospital. (WTHR Photo/Allen Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - State and local police and emergency crews are have been dealing with crashes and slide offs throughout the Indianapolis metro area since snow began accumulating on the roads late Sunday morning.

8:15 a.m. - Potholes are slowing down some drivers on their morning commutes. Southbound I-65 near Southport and westbound I-465 near Mann Rd. are seeing minor slowdowns. Multiple cars are changing tires.

7:45 a.m. - Fog is still an issue around the viewing area. Here is a view from Interstate 65 on the south side.

6:05 a.m. - Widespread fog is causing dozens of school delays in the area. Lindsey says freezing rain and drizzle to be around to start the day in some areas, and will become more widespread through the afternoon.

8:30 p.m. - Total crashes reported by State Police has jumped from 59 to 72. Eight of those crashes involved injuries.

8:09 p.m. - Meteorologist Sean Ash expects dense fog to impact travel tonight and into Monday morning.

7:26 p.m. - Due to the current road conditions, Grant County has issued a Yellow Travel Advisory.

6:00 p.m. - IMPD PIO Michael Hewitt reports that from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., the department has responded to:

  • 187 - Property Damage accidents
  • 20 - Personal Injury accidents
  • 9 - No Information accidents
  • 24 - slide offs

IMPD also wants to remind drivers to give the snow plows and salt trucks space as they continue to work and to please drive with caution.

5:10 p.m. - Meteorologist Sean Ash gives an update on Facebook Live.

4:51 p.m. - State Police Sgt. John Perrine reports that since 10 a.m., troopers in Indianapolis have responded to 59 crashes and 15 slid-offs. Six of the crashes resulted in injuries.

3:50 p.m. - The National Weather Service of Indianapolis reports the total snowfall for today at 1.1 inches.

Reporter Allen Carter is on scene of a multiple vehicle crash on the west side that has sent four people to the hospital.

3:20 p.m. - Madison County has joined the list of counties to issue a Travel Advisory. Madison County is issuing the advisory for all rural roads, where conditions tend to be the worst.

Meteorologist Sean Ash predicts the snow to end by 6 p.m.

From there, we'll see refreezing, dense fog and freezing rain overnight.

3:15 p.m. - Over a dozen churches have closed Sunday services and activities due to weather conditions.

2:15 p.m. - Road conditions are still slick and more crashes are popping up around central Indiana. Authorities are sending out more reminders to slow down and give plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front of you.

1:53 p.m. - Hendricks County has issued a Yellow Travel Advisory, warning drivers to use caution if they are out and about.

1:05 p.m. - Sean Ash just tweeted a snowfall update from the Live Doppler 13 Weather Center. We can expect heavier totals in metro Indianapolis based on current temperatures and snowfall rates. Indianapolis and areas along I-70 could see 2" to 4" of snowfall before the snow moves out later this afternoon.

Hamilton County has declared a Travel Advisory "until further notice for the unincorporated roads maintained by Hamilton County. Mixed precipitation has resulted in several accidents throughout Hamilton County."

Westfield Police say southbound U.S. 31 at State Road 38 is closed due to a traffic crash.

Portions of Interstate 65 in Clinton and Boone Counties have been blocked by accidents.

12:20 p.m. - Interstate 65 is shut down southbound on the northwest side of Indianapolis near West 82nd Street.

INDOT activated a full call of 60 plow trucks at 10:00 a.m. to move snow as it accumulates. They are also salting roads to aid melting. They also pretreated roads Saturday in anticipation of Sunday's snowfall.

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