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All Indiana counties except Marion County under travel warnings, watches

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for all of Indiana on Tuesday and overnight into Wednesday.

As of 10:45 p.m. Monday, every Indiana county but Marion County was under either a travel warning or travel watch, according to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. Marion County was under a travel advisory from 5 p.m. Monday until at least 5 a.m. Tuesday, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett announced Monday afternoon.

City officials are urging residents to stay off the roads unless necessary. Most of Indiana is currently under a winter storm warning. By midnight, there should be a widespread 10-12 inches of snow. Indy Parks has set up a warming center at Municipal Gardens at 1831 Lafayette Road.

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“Wayne County Remains under a winter Storm Warning. Wayne County has seen snow accumulations of roughly 3 to 5 inches and higher amounts in some locations. Snow will continue to fall for the next several hours and the drifting will continue overnight.

“We are encouraging residents to follow the Level 2 Essential Travel Warning guidelines, If you don’t have to be on the road, do not. Staying off the roadways allows County, State and Richmond Road crews the chance to make travel conditions safe for all. Please give the road crews time to do their jobs. If residents must travel for Essential purposes, we encourage them to use primary Roads and Streets when they can, as secondary Roads and Streets will remain snow covered or drifted and travel may be hazardous.

“Wayne County Government and the City Of Richmond will Close Offices tomorrow to allow road crews to open and clear the roadways to allow for safe travel.    

“We will provide updates as they become available.”

Email to news media from Jonathan A. Duke, deputy director, Wayne County Emergency Management

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“Due to inclement weather, there will be no on-campus courses before 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 16. All on-campus courses scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. or after will be held subject to the discretion of each instructor.

“All essential employees should report to work as regularly scheduled.

“All non-faculty personnel who are presently assigned to work on campus should plan to report to work at 10 a.m. 

“Dining facilities, including the L.A. Pittenger Student Center, will open as regularly scheduled.”

Alan Finn, vice president for business affairs and treasurer, Ball State University

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High snowdrifts have closed three state highways in counties northwest of Indianapolis, the Indiana Department of Transportation reports.

  • State Road 26 from the Indiana/Illinois State line to U.S. 231/52 in West Lafayette in Warren and Tippecanoe counties.
  • State Road 28 from the Indiana/Illinois State line to State Road 63 in Warren County.
  • State Road 352 from the Indiana/Illinois State line to U.S. 41 in Benton County.
  • State Road 18 from the Indiana/Illinois State line to U.S. 41 in Benton County.
  • State Road 71 from U.S. 24 to State Road 352 in Newton and Benton counties.

After winds subside on Tuesday, the state will use a V-Blade plow to reopen the roads.

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“The City of Beech Grove will be running on a delayed trash schedule this week due to weather.  Our schedule will be as follows:

“Tuesday’s trash will be collected on Wednesday.

“Wednesday’s trash will be collected on Thursday.

“Thursday’s trash will be collected on Friday.

Friday’s trash will be collected on Monday.

Email to news media from Brad Meriwether, director of Public Works for city of Beech Grove

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Storm Track 8 Meteorologist Marcus Bailey gave an update and answered questions hours into snowfall across the state.

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“WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University announced Monday (Feb. 15) that all in-person class meetings on the West Lafayette campus should be canceled or moved online on Tuesday (Feb. 16). A significant amount of snow and deteriorating conditions have made travel unsafe for faculty, staff, and off campus students, prompting the decision. Note that planned virtual meetings of online/hybrid courses should continue as scheduled.

“Instructors of impacted courses should communicate plans and expectations (e.g due dates, remote meeting methods, exams/quizzes) directly to students. Students should check their email and Brightspace frequently for updates from their instructors.  The first Reading Day of the semester will be held as scheduled on Wednesday, February 17.

“Predesignated essential personnel will be operating under their department procedures. Nonessential personnel should work remotely if possible and not report to campus for any shifts between 5 p.m. Monday  (Feb. 15) and 5 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 16). The campus adverse weather procedures are available online (pdf). 

“University officials continue to monitor area road conditions – and encourage employees to do the same – to be aware of any local travel restrictions that might remain in place. Those planning to travel on area roads should monitor their county travel status.

“To check on the status of CityBus operations, you can download the app or search for the MyCityBus app in the Google Play or Apple App Store, or check the CityBus website

“Purdue officials also are working in conjunction with local and state emergency responders to provide assistance locally.

“Any additional updates will be available on the Purdue campus emergency page.”

Purdue University news release

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Grant County, Indiana, Emergency Management Agency says in an email to news media that I-69 is one lane in each direction. East-west county roads “being impacted by driving snow.”

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I-74 westbound is closed near Shelbyville’s State Road 44 exit after a crash, a state transportation website reports.

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Sgt. Matt Ames with ISP shared photos of a semi crash on Interstate 70 near Terre Haute that’s shut down the interstate at the 18 mile marker.

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The Fashion Mall at Keystone will close at 5 p.m. due to the winter storm. The mall said it plans to reopen around 11 a.m. Tuesday.

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I-70 WB is closed near the Cloverdale exit for U.S. 231 due to multiple crashes, according to Indiana State Police. Check the WISH-TV traffic map

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The Pacers confirmed Monday night’s game would be played without fans as the city braces for more snow and a travel advisory is in place.

News 8’s Sierra Hignite is in Hamilton County, where roads are covered in snow. And Sgt. John Perrine with ISP is reminding drivers to manually switch on their headlights:

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News 8’s Dan Klein reports live on Facebook from snow-covered I-465 on the southeast side.

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News 8’s Katiera Winfrey reports live on Facebook from snow-covered I-70 in Indianapolis.

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Storm Track 8 Meteorologist Marcus Bailey is giving an update and taking questions live on Facebook.

News 8’s Hannah Mordoh and David Williams are out getting a look at road conditions ahead of rush hour.

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The Hamilton County Health Department’s vaccine clinic on the 4-H fairgrounds will be closed Tuesday and is working to reschedule Tuesday appointments for the same times and the same location on Feb. 20. Many health departments around the state are reaching out by email and text message to people with Tuesday appointments.

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Sgt. John Perrine provided updated crash number since midnight Monday, both in the Indianapolis area and statewide:

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Clinton County has issued a travel watch starting at 3 p.m., which means only essential travel, such as to and from work, is recommended.

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Sgt. John Perrine with Indiana State Police encouraged people to slow down on interstates and said troopers in the Indianapolis district were responding to 19 crashes and counting. IU Health shuttles were set to discontinue service at 5 p.m. Monday. And Carmel announced that due to the snowstorm, Tuesday trash pickup would be suspended and set to resume on Wednesday.

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The Indianapolis Urban League says Tuesday’s drive-thru food and meal distribution has been pushed back to Wednesday at 10 a.m.

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