Slick, snowy roads make for messy commute home

(WISH Photo/Marcus Collins)
(WISH Photo/Marcus Collins)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – UPDATE 8:47 p.m.: This meteorological winter is the second snowiest on record. The total for December, January and February so far is 50.1″ of snow.

The record for snowiest winter is 51″ of snow. This means, we need only 1 inch of snow to surpass the record and make this the snowiest winter on record.

Refer to the Forecast 8 Weather Blog for snow totals around the state.

State Road 267 was closed from State Road 300 North to 350 North in Hendricks County due to an accident. Officials say the crash involved a semi. No injuries were reported. That roadway reopened later Friday night.

The road conditions even stretched to the Terre Haute area. Officials there say an ambulance was involved in a serious crash on I-70.

UPDATE 5:18 p.m.: Snow continues to fall in central Indiana and snow totals are starting to add up.

Refer to the Forecast 8 Weather Blog for snow totals throughout Central Indiana and updated conditions.

Accidents continue to cause issues on interstates. The center lane of eastbound I-465 was closed near I-65 due to a stalled truck. The left lane of I-74 was closed near Post Road due to a traffic hazard.

Click here to check out some viewer submitted photos throughout the area.

4:15 p.m UPDATE: I-70 westbound in Hancock County was  backed up into Henry County due to an unknown traffic problem. All traffic was being diverted at he  SR 109 Knightstown exit onto US 40. That roadway opened after 4 p.m. Friday.

Throughout the afternoon, Johnson County emergency crews responded to 9 slide offs and 9 accidents.

IMPD officials responded to over 22 accidents throughout the afternoon.

The Indy Snow Force tweeted they will be sending crews to re-plow problem areas throughout the metro area.

Drivers use caution on the road. Streets are slick in spots as snow continues to fall quickly. Plows will continue to run there routes.

— Indy Snow Force (@IndySnowForce) February 14, 2014

Click here for photos of road condition throughout Central Indiana.

3 P.M. UPDATE: Indianapolis Public Schools announced over Twitter that due to the weather all IPS after school activities, including athletic practices and events, are canceled for Friday.

A large stretch of Interstate 70 has re-opened in Hancock County after a number of crashes were reported on the roadway.  I-70 was shut down at the 104 mm, with back ups stretching to the 116 mm. Dispatchers say lanes have re-opened but traffic will be moving slow.

In Indianapolis, INDOT reported the left three lanes of eastbound I-70 were closed near Holt Road due to a crash. Drivers could expect delays while eastbound on I-70 near mile 76. That was shortly before 3 p.m.

Moderate to heavy snow bands continue to fall through parts of Central Indiana.

A number of counties have issued travel advisories and watches. For a county-by-county breakdown of those travel statuses and what they mean click here.

2:26 P.M. UPDATE: Snow totals at the Indianapolis International Airport have reached 3 inches, Forecast 8 Meteorologist Robb Ellis said.

24-Hour News 8′s Dustin Grove reported a number of slide offs along Interstate 65, both northbound and southbound, just north of Lebanon. Traffic along the interstate was at a crawl.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office reported around 2:20 p.m. that I-65 southbound was closed at the 142 mile marker because of jackknifed semis blocking the roadway. Those lanes have since re-opened. All roads in the county are reported as slick and hazardous.

Dispatchers in Hancock County say I-70 westbound was shut down at the 104 mile marker, and back ups went to the 116 mile marker. Police said there were currently crashes at the 104, 107, 108, 110, 111 and 112 mile markers in the westbound lanes.

1:45 P.M. UPDATE: Hamilton County issued a travel advisory on Friday as snow continued to fall.

A yellow travel advisory was issued for county maintained roads in the unincorporated areas of the county, which means routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas because of a hazardous situation, a release said.  Drivers are urged to use caution or avoid those locations.

To check a map of travel statuses in the state click here.

Click here for photos of road conditions around the metro area.

1:18 P.M. UPDATE: A number of crashes have been reported in the area since snow began falling late Friday morning.

Around 1 p.m., INDOT reported Interstate 70 westbound in Hancock County was closed near State Road 9 at the 109 mile marker. It was estimated that all lanes would be closed for about an hour because of a crash.

Around 1:15 p.m., all eastbound lanes of I-70 were closed at Holt Road/mile 77 because of a crash. That crash was quickly cleared.

Indiana State Police Putnamville said they are working a number of crashes and slide-offs along I-70. Those are near the 26 mile marker, both eastbound and westbound, and farther east to the 42 mile marker.

Snow began falling in Indianapolis before noon on Friday, and road conditions have deteriorated as a result.

A winter weather advisory went into effect at noon Friday and will last until 8 p.m. for part of the state. The advisory, initially for southern Indiana, now includes Indianapolis, Muncie and Crawfordsville.

Forecast 8 Meteorologist Pamela Gardner says snow totals in Indianapolis will be in the 2 to 4 inches range with some places getting locally 5 inches. Northern Indiana will get around 1 to 2 inches of fresh snow.

Stay with the Forecast 8 Weather Blog for updates.

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