INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The first significant snow of the season triggered crashes, shut down highways and delayed or closed hundreds of schools in central and northern Indiana on Tuesday, but a bigger test for residents could come with frigid temperatures later in the week.
National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Tucek reported that 7 inches of snow fell overnight in Frankfort, about 25 miles southeast of Lafayette, while between 5 and 6 inches of snow were reported across the counties just north of Indianapolis.
Significantly less snow fell just south of that, with the Indianapolis International Airport on the city’s southwest side picking up only about 2.1 inches.
The Indiana State Police’s Indianapolis district reported more than 100 crashes, dozens of slide-offs and eight injuries, none of which were life-threatening. More than 200 school districts closed or delayed their starts.
More than a dozen counties had travel advisories in place as of midday.
Interstate 65’s southbound lanes were closed for several hours at the Jasper County-White County line in northern Indiana following a series of weather-related crashes. Problems also were reported on Interstate 69 and Interstate 70.
Gov. Mike Pence praised the response of the Indiana Department of Transportation, which supplied 600 plow trucks to keep roads clear for morning commuters. He also attributed the lack of serious problems to “a lot of good Hoosier common sense.”
The snow won’t be going anywhere soon. Frigid air was expected to spill across Indiana overnight, plunging temperatures to about zero by daybreak Wednesday over all but southern Indiana. Wind chills were forecast to dip as low as 30 below zero.
The forecast prompted Indianapolis to implement a two-hour delay for city employees for Wednesday and Thursday and suspend trash collection.
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