Central Indiana Braces for Ice Storm

A winter storm hitting Indiana this week will bring ice to the central and southern part of the state and snow to the north.

Bikes covered in snow

Photo: Jessica Gall

Snow and ice are expected to blanket Indiana this week.

Central Indiana is expected to receive a mixed bag of winter weather over the next couple of days. A winter weather warning is in effect beginning 7 tonight and extending through 7 Wednesday evening. National Weather Service Meteorologist Jason Puma says the first of two waves of the storm will begin late this afternoon.

“However the next and much stronger wave of precipitation will begin late tonight and into Tuesday and into Wednesday as well and that’s when we’re going to see the significant icing across Central Indiana,” said Puma.

Ice accumulation of about an inch is expected in Central Indiana. Further north, snow will be a problem.

“Up in those areas with this system there is going to be extensive heavy snows. We’ll probably see snow falls in excess of a foot in Northern Indiana and places like Lafayette and Kokomo,” Puma said.

Wind gusts in excess of 35 miles per hour are supposed to hit the state Wednesday. Puma says they’ll already be heavy with ice so expect trees and power lines to come down.

“If we do see extensive wide area power outages and there is a lot of ice, it is going to take power crews a good amount of time to restore services so people need to be prepared that they may be without power at the end of this week,” Puma said.

According to national forecasters, this latest round of winter weather will end up impacting more than a third of the population,  or about 100 million people, by the time it passes across the country.

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