Winter Storm Begins To Ice Up Tri-State
By Mike Perleberg
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Road conditions across the tri-state are becoming slick Sunday morning.
Freezing rain has been falling throughout the morning. During the afternoon, the rain will turn to snow. Meteorologists expect snow accumulation to range from four to seven inches on top of a tenth of an inch of ice.
The National Weather Service has placed the entire tri-state under a Winter Storm Warning until 1:00 p.m. Monday.
Many churches and other organizations across the region opted to cancel their services or events Sunday. More closings and cancellations may be in store for Monday. You can find Eagle 99.3’s full local list of weather announcements on our Closings and Delays page.
The Indiana Department of Transportation’s southeast district has 117 of its trucks out treating roads Sunday morning. In Franklin County, road conditions have turned so much that the county went to an Orange, or Level 2, travel watch advising only necessary travel.
INDOT has issued the following press released concerning the latest winter storm to strike the area:
Don’t put yourself and others in harm’s way if it can be avoided
Yet another powerful winter weather system could affect the entire state of Indiana this weekend, potentially producing significant amounts of snow with freezing rain and sleet mixed in. This storm could disrupt travel across the state, and public safety officials are encouraging Hoosiers to carefully consider if travel will be necessary Sunday and Monday morning.
Drivers are strongly encouraged to not put themselves, local emergency medical services, law enforcement, firefighters or other public safety professionals in harm’s way. Please listen to and follow county travel advisories to stay off the roads, both during the storm and after the storm when blowing and drifting snow could reduce visibility.
The Indiana County Travel Advisory Map can be found at http://www.in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory/. It is updated with information from the county emergency management agencies and describes the conditions for a travel warning, watch, advisory and caution.
For road updates, please visit http://indot.carsprogram.org<http://indot.carsprogram.org/> or call 800-261-ROAD. DO NOT call local law enforcement or 9-1-1 for road information.
If you must be on the roads let someone know your route, expected time of arrival, and how to reach you. Charge your cell phone before leaving. Pack essential items such as high protein snacks, water, first aid kit, flashlight, warm blankets, extra prescription medications and important documents or information you might need during an emergency.
For more information, go to GetPrepared.IN.gov.