INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – Travel Advisories are in effect throughout Indiana with a Winter Storm Warning in effect through Sunday morning.
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.
Snow Blowers and Snow Plows can cover up fire hydrants. Take a minute to look around your neighborhood and assure the Fire Department has 3 feet of clear access all the way around the hydrant. Thank You For Your Help! 👍 pic.twitter.com/2NVBzCvrse— Wayne Twp Fire Dept (@Waynetwpfire) January 12, 2019
1:55 p.m. – 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.
I-70 MM 103.7 WB at SR 9 / mile 104 All lanes closed 2 hours due to a crash— INDOT TrafficWise (@TrafficWise) January 12, 2019
I70 Westbound MM100 is closed due to a serious accident. All westbound traffic will be exiting at SR9. Again, stay home unless you absolutely have to be out. The roads are very slick and hazardous.— Greenfield Police (@GreenfieldIN_PD) January 12, 2019
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.
I-70 from Illinois/Indiana state line to 59MM, which is district #53 is looking much better. All lanes are clear & open at this time. Troopers continue to monitor roads. Indy still experiencing high call volumes reference accidents. 👀 on road! 💺belt on ✔️— Indiana State Police Putnamville (@ISPPutnamville) January 12, 2019
Carmel Street Department crews have made great progress clearing and treating our roadways. You may have even noticed some of them clearing neighborhood streets. pic.twitter.com/d3Ks1yiab4— Carmel Police Department (@Carmel_Police) January 12, 2019
EMA is in route to State Road 32 in Chesterfield in front of the airport for a motor vehicle accident. State Road 32 is currently closed at this time.— Madison County EMA (@MadisonCoEMA) January 12, 2019
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.
Decatur-Cleanup is still ongoing on I-74 westbound near 126 mile marker. Right lane is closed. Cleanup may take another hour. pic.twitter.com/vz0ux2mdm5— Sgt. Stephen Wheeles (@ISPVersailles) January 12, 2019
10:50 a.m. – State Police say they have worked more than 50 crashes so far today.
Just like drivers, calls for crashes are not slowing down. Troopers are currently on scene of 22 crashes with at least 6 more pending. Not including the 49 crashes or slide offs we have already cleared since 4am. Please stay home if possible. pic.twitter.com/p2YDvPruUO— Sgt. John Perrine (@ISPIndianapolis) January 12, 2019
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.
Not all crashes require a police report. Also State Law requires you to move wrecked cars out of the roadway if possible. Tow truck companies are on an extended delay so if you go too fast and slide into the ditch you’ll be waiting awhile#SlowDown pic.twitter.com/xs4ALRDUyU— Sgt. John Perrine (@ISPIndianapolis) January 12, 2019
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
There have been several slide-offs on the ramp from southbound US 31 to westbound I-465 this morning. Please use caution in this area. pic.twitter.com/GulXdcliqT— Carmel Police Department (@Carmel_Police) January 12, 2019
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.
Travel advisory issued for Hamilton County. State Road 32 in Noblesville. pic.twitter.com/Iybc10V6jm— Hamilton County Emergency Management (@HamiltonCoEOC) January 12, 2019
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 a.m. update: Snow accumulation began about 3a in Central Indiana. Snow is falling about 1/2 inch per hour. Roads are passable but snow covered. 250+ trucks plowing and salting. Slow down five plow drivers plenty of room.— INDOT East Central (@INDOTEast) January 12, 2019
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.
So it begins… 😔
Trooper Joel Flores just sent me this photo from I-465 & Washington on the east side.
S L O W D O W N ! !
Snow on the road doesn’t cause the crash… it’s a factor, but not a cause. The way people drive causes the crash pic.twitter.com/Lvjm7b7Oxr— Sgt. John Perrine (@ISPIndianapolis) January 12, 2019
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.
Check out Indy Snow Force Viewer to see where our drivers have been! The Indy Snow Force Viewer tracks our DPW vehicles in real time as they treat roads across the city https://t.co/SRw59vfd2v— Indy DPW (@IndyDPW) January 12, 2019
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.