INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Marion County will be under a travel advisory from 5 p.m. Monday until at least 5 a.m. on Tuesday.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett made the announcement on 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.
“Our first priority is the safety of both Indianapolis motorists and our Snow Force plow drivers,” said Indy DPW Director Dan Parker. “Fewer cars on the roadways means fewer opportunities for accidents and more opportunities for better, more efficient removal of snow, starting with center travel lanes and moving outward to exterior lanes and turn lanes with each pass of a snow plow.”
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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.