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9:20 A.M. Update: Closings And Travel Advisories In Effect

The ups and downs felt throughout the Midwest recently will continue as a new cold front threatens to bring back colder temperatures, sleet and snow.

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A new cold front could bring more snow this weekend.

Sunday 4 p.m. Update

The travel advisories for central Indiana have changed. The following counties are under a travel watch, meaning only essential travel is permitted, such as to work and school.

  • Bartholomew
  • Brown
  • Clark
  • Decatur
  • Franklin
  • Jackson
  • Jennings
  • Lawrence
  • Owen Rush

The following counties are under travel advisories, meaning travel is permitted but drivers should be cautious on roads.

  • Clay
  • Daviess
  • Greene
  • Howard
  • Johnson
  • Marion 
  • Martin
  • Monroe
  • Morgan
  • Putnam
  • Shelby

The list of all travel advisories in the state is issued by the Department of Homeland Security. Central Indiana is under a winter storm warning until Monday morning.

 

Sunday 9:20 a.m. Update

Officials are urging drivers to be careful today as precipitation and colder temperatures continue to move through the state, creating icy road conditions.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security has issued travel watches for several counties, including Owen, Monroe, Brown, Lawrence and Clark Counties. A travel watch means only essential travel such as to and from work or in emergency situations is recommended.

The Indiana State Police is also reporting a 10-mile stretch of State Road 45 is closed from New Unionville in Monroe County to Trevlac in Brown County. The closure is due to icy road conditions and a crash in the area.

In anticipation of the snow and ice that will accumulate throughout the day, many organizations are closed today. In addition to many church services being cancelled, the City of Bloomington closed its Parks and Recreation and Animal Control facilities and services today.

Central Indiana remains under a winter storm warning, which is in effect until Monday morning.

Saturday 7:10 p.m. Update

Forecasters at the National Weather Service say a cold front will sweep across Indiana tonight bringing a wintry mix of precipitation.

A winter storm warning is in effect tonight through Monday morning due to the predicted mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain that should start late tonight through Sunday with mostly snow north of Bloomington and Columbus.

Total accumulations of six to eight inches of snow and sleet is expected across central Indiana with four to six inches predicted across southern Indiana.

Areas south of Vincennes and Seymour could see significant ice accumulation before the mix changes to snow late Sunday. Travel may become difficult and hazardous late tonight through Sunday night.

Keep up to date on area delays and closings reported to WFIU and WTIU as well as county weather alerts here.

Friday 4:00 p.m. Update

Forecasters at the National Weather Service are still calling for a winter storm threat for Indiana this weekend. Precipitation will likely begin Saturday night with snow north and a snow, sleet mixture further south.

The ice, sleet, snow mixture will eventually transition to snow early Monday as the system exits the area. A winter storm watch is in effect Saturday night until Monday morning for most of Indiana.

At this time, forecasters are predicting more than six inches of snow and sleet with some light ice throughout central Indiana, while southern Indiana could see two to six inches of a snow, sleet combination.

Motorists should check in on the latest weather information through the weekend in anticipation of hazardous roads and reduced visibilities.

Keep up to date on area delays and closings reported to WFIU and WTIU as well as county weather alerts here.

Thursday 4:20 p.m. Update

The National Weather Service in Indianapolis say we can expect more dramatic temperature fluctuations as we move into March.

Meteorologist Crystal Pettet says it will be warmer across south-central Indiana Friday and Saturday with temperatures in the 40s.

But Saturday night will bring more precipitation and the temperature will drop again.

“We’ll have another cold front come through and that’s what’s going to bring this potential mix of sleet and freezing rain and snow to the area and by the time we get to Monday the highs are back down into the twenties,” Pettet says.

She says if the Indianapolis area receives six more inches of snow it will break all-time record for annual snow fall during the winter season.

And the cold weather is expected to stick around for another month.

Monthly and seasonal weather outlooks from the Climate Prediction Center at Purdue University indicate colder-than-normal, but mostly dry weather is likely for the first part of March.

Climatologists say they don’t expect spring temperatures to start moving in until late March.

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