Ice Prompts Closures as Officials Prepare for Next Impact

Freezing rain...sleet...and snow will begin across the area by this afternoon.

A brief lull in the accumulating precipitation this morning will come to an end as freezing rain…sleet…and snow will begin across the area by this afternoon.

North and northwest central Indiana…including the cities of Kokomo and Lafayette…look to remain cold enough that a significant portion of the precipitation may fall in the form of snow. However snowfall may be heavy and snowfall amounts in excess of 12 inches are possible by Wednesday evening.

Farther south…including the cities of Terre Haute…Indianapolis…Bloomington…warm air is expected to be present and precipitation should continue to fall as freezing rain and sleet. Significant ice accumulation is possible…with ice accumulation of one inch or more.

Strong winds gusting up to 40 mph are expected from late Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday afternoon resulting in widespread downed trees and power lines.

The winter storm warning remains in effect through Wednesday.

MAIN IMPACT:
Roads will likely become impassable due to heavy snow or icing…blowing snow will reduce visibility…travel will become very hazardous or potentially impossible. Ice accumulations may result in widespread…long duration power outages.

ACCUMULATIONS:
Snow accumulation in excess of 14 inches is possible in northwest central Indiana. Ice accumulations in excess of one inch are possible along and near the interstate 70 corridor.

TIMING:
After a brief lull this morning…precipitation is expected to continue through Wednesday afternoon.

OTHER IMPACTS:
Wind gusts of 35 to 40 mph on Tuesday and Wednesday in combination with heavy ice accumulations will likely result in downed trees and power lines.

Delays and Closings being reported to WFIU and WTIU may be found here.

Joe Hren

Anchor, Indiana Newsdesk - WTIU & WFIU News. Follow him on Twitter @Joe_Hren

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