Flutters of snow and sleet Wednesday night are making untreated surfaces slick. Consistent and heavy snow is coming Thursday.
INDIANAPOLIS — So far, this winter storm has played out as expected, producing the heaviest snowfall Wednesday north-northwest of Indianapolis. Purdue is reporting nearly 9″ of snow and many areas along and west of US 31 and north of I-70 have taken a decent hit.
Temperatures continue to drop this evening and the transition from rain to sleet to snow made untreated surfaces very slippery. This will continue for the rest of the night, although the precipitation should ease by midnight. Travel with caution overnight and prepare for round two on Thursday.
Remember that when you see this snow/ice accumulation, these are two-day totals. The weight of the buildup for Indianapolis and the I-70 corridor occurs between 4 a.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday. Depending on your location, you’re not going to wake up with 8″+ on the ground.
Travel is not recommended on Thursday due to heavy snow and whiteout conditions at times, blowing and drifting in gusts of over 30 mph and fluffier snow, and hazardous to impassable roads.
The snow stops from west to east between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., but clearing up in many areas will take much longer.