Snow snarls traffic, delays Valentine’s Day plans

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Lots of snow on Friday afternoon created a gridlock on many roads and messed up Valentine’s Day plans for some.

More than five inches of snow in downtown Indianapolis left people driving for much longer than usual to get to their destination Friday night.

It took our 24-Hour News 8 crew an hour and 40 minutes to get from downtown to Fishers Friday evening.

“I am so sick of snow,” said one woman.

“The weather is ridiculous and traffic is horrible. There’s all kinds of wrecks that’s for sure,” said Travis Sallee with Preferred Towing and Recovery.

Travis was heading to Westfield to help another driver out of the ditch.

“I’ve done 12 today and everybody’s slid off the road, every one of them.”

At Peterson’s in Fishers, the restaurant was booked for the night on their busiest night of the year.

“It’s been an interesting day, to say the least,” said Kendra Travez, Peterson’s General Manager.

Travez said they were rolling with the punches: some staff members were late because of weather, and many people with reservations were running late as well.

“It’s just going to be a later night than we thought,” she said.

But for those who’d been on a waiting list, for some , the weather helped.

“We’ve been taking reservations since before Christmas, so we’ve had a wait list of about 30 to 40 names. So for every spot that cancelled, we’ve actually been able to replace that reservation.”

24-Hour News 8 checked with other restaurants downtown on this snowy Valentine’s Day and found that while St. Elmo and Harry & Izzy’s didn’t have cancellations, most of their customers were running 30 minutes to an hour late.

Ruth Chris said they had about 20 percent of their reservations cancel, but still had some walk in traffic.

Ocean Prime at Keystone at the Crossing was also hoping for walk-ins. They started the night with 530 reservations and were down to about 411 because of the wintry weather.

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