WEATHER BLOG: Wintry mix hits Indianapolis, roads get slick

Ice coated the windshields of cars in central Indiana Friday night. (WTHR photo)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - A wintry mix of weather finally reached central Indiana Friday night, leading to reports of several crashes on slick roads around Indianapolis.

Shortly after 8 p.m. Friday, sleet and ice began to fall in Indianapolis. A short time later, INDOT reported several crashes on interstates in the metro area and police responded to a serious crash on W. 86th Street on the north side of Indianapolis. A man died and a woman was critically injured in that crash. Police believe weather was a factor in the crash.

There were several reports on social media of slick roads across the region Friday.


INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Weather and road conditions likely played a role in a chain of crashes on Interstate 65 near 71st Street.

They happened just after midnight Saturday morning on an icy stretch of the highway. Sleet and freezing rain had been reported in the area.

Indiana State Police at the Indianapolis Post said the incident involved multiple cars and several separate crashes or slideoffs. As of early Saturday morning, troopers were still trying to sort out the exact sequence and number of participants.

No injuries were reported in those crashes, but a pedestrian suffered apparently minor injuries when they were struck by a car at about the same time in that area. That crash is also under investigation.


Meteorologist Angela Buchman says the frozen precipitation is expected to change over to rain as temperatures start to warm around midnight.


Angela Buchman shares the latest on the wintry mix that is moving into central Indiana. FORECAST: WTHR.com/weather

Posted by WTHR-TV on Friday, January 17, 2020

Despite the reports of ice, there were no power outages reported in central Indiana by either IPL or Duke Energy at 10 p.m. Friday.

To the north, the FAA halted flights in and out of O'Hare Airport due to winter weather that was hitting Chicago.

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