Dangerous Cold Grips Tri-State Area
By Mike Perleberg
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – The Tri-State is getting socked with a supersized blast of cold air.
The National Weather Service has Wind Chill Warnings in effect until 5:00 Tuesday evening. Forecasters say temperatures will plummet throughout the day Monday with gusty winds up to 35 MPH making it feel as cold as -30, if not colder. Monday’s high temperature is forecasted at 0, with an overnight low of -6, according to the weather service.
Temperatures to start the week could be record-breaking. The current record for January 6 is -7 set in 1924. Tuesday’s record for January 7 could fall, too, with the record low being negative-9 set in 1912.
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The frigid temperatures have led Sunday’s rainfall to freeze on many roads, resulting in a number of reports of black ice Monday morning. The arctic temperatures may render any salt put down by road crews less effective. Motorists reported slick conditions on Interstate 74 in Dearborn and Ripley counties.
Some local counties have travel restrictions in place. Dearborn and Franklin counties are each under an Orange, or Level 2, travel watch. That means only necessary travel is allowed, but police have not been ticketing motorists
Ripley and Switzerland Counties are each under a Yellow, or Level 1, travel advisory, meaning use caution. You can find area travel advisory levels here.
The cold air and iced roads have caused most area schools to close. Even institutions that rarely close – such as Ivy Tech Community College in Lawrenceburg and Batesville or Honda Manufacturing of Indiana in Greensburg – opted to allow for the day off Monday. You can find Eagle 99.3’s full list of closings and delays here.