Weather Conditions

Potential Severe Weather Outbreak Tomorrow (Thursday 3/14/2019)

Severe Weather Possible Thursday

The potential for severe storms tomorrow (Thursday) is appearing more probable for Madison County and surrounding areas. The threat includes the potential for high winds, hail, and a tornado is not out of the question. Some convective thunderstorms are likely as well as high winds with significant gusts (40-50+) due to the strong lower level Jet that is part of this system. Several factors will likely bring more clarity to the possibility in the morning. The Madison County EMA Warning Division will continue to monitor and will issue an update tomorrow morning as the system approaches.

In advance of possible severe weather tomorrow, now is the time to prepare at home, work and school.

1. Make sure everyone knows the plan for severe weather and where they should seek shelter if necessary.
2. Make sure you have at least two methods to receive severe weather alerts.

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6:00 PM Update

The NWS has extended the Wind Warning until 10 PM tonight.  Even after the High Wind Warning expires, winds are expected to gust more than 30MPH until 5AM Monday.  After dark, motorists should exercise caution when driving due to down trees, utility poles and power lines.

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5:00 PM Update

EMA is currently on their 16th call of the day. Our volunteers are approaching 11:00 hours and still going.
Utility companies in Madison County are reporting about 600 customers without power.

Winds have tapered off some, gusts are still 40-50MPH with sustained winds 25-35MPH.

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12:45 Update

Gusty winds continue and will remain 20-30 MPH sustain with gusts 40-50 MPH the remainder of today. EMA has had 11 calls today to assist with poles, utility lines or trees down blocking roads. Motorists should use caution when driving in central Indiana due to the road hazards.

Approximately 1130 Madison County residents without power at this time. If your power is out, do NOT assume the utility company is aware of the outage. Report your power outage to your power company as soon as possible.

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7:30 AM Update

Currently there are 830 customers without power in Madison County. Power Outage Summary Grid
EMA has had 6 call outs this morning, with 5 of them being directly related to the wind.

Winds are 20-30 MPH with gusts to 45MPH.

Terre Haute, IN recorded a gust of 63 MPH as this front passed thru at approximately 5:30 AM.

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4:00AM Update

Temperature is 54F and it has been steadily increasing all night. That will stop as the front approaches and temps will be falling most of the day into the low 30’s hovering just above freezing.

Winds will be increasing and by 7:30 sustained winds should be near 35 MPH with gusts around 55 MPH.

As you venture out Sunday, use caution when driving. We anticipate tree limbs and in some cases full trees to come down in these winds. If you see tree limbs and trees down, be alert for power lines to be down on or near roads. If you see utility lines down on or near a road, do not get out of your vehicle, stay in your car and report this to 911.

Power lines down in a private yard or business, report this to your local utility company. (See utility outage numbers below).

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Tonight is the time to prepare for the High Wind Weather event on Sunday. By the time we all wake up on Sunday, we will be into the event.

Here are some important steps:

1. Charge your cellular phones overnight
2. Have batteries for flashlights
3. Have bottles of water.
4. Make sure to have food that does not require heating and cooking
5. Prepare extra blankets to keep warm in the event of a power outage
6. Fuel your vehicles now in advance of the storm.

Citizens should be prepared for power outages as a result of the strong winds. Wind gusts of 50-60 MPH combined with the saturated ground could lead to trees, and utility poles falling down causing power outages.

To report power outages:
Anderson Power and Light Outages – (765) 648-6484
Duke Energy Outages – (800) 343-3525
AEP Outage – Report an AEP Outage
Ninestar Energy Outage – (317) 326-3131 Opt 9

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A High Wind WARNING has been issued for Madison County.

225 PM UPDATE: areas along & north of Interstate 70 have been UPGRADED to a High Wind Warning beginning at 4 am Sunday & continuing all day. Peak wind gusts of 55 to 60 mph will be possible. South of I-70, a Wind Advisory will go into effect at 4 AM Sunday. #INwx #indy

Travel Advisory Issued Sunday Night

Madison County has issued a Travel Advisory for all rural and unincorporated roads in Madison County. Light snow flurries all day combined with freezing temperatures has created very slick road conditions tonight (Sunday). Untreated roads are very slick and hazardous. We expect roads to remain slick over night into tomorrow morning for your commute to work and school . Allow extra time for your commute and be prepared for slick and hazardous roads.

Flood Watch Issued – BE ALERT

A Series of weather systems are expected to bring rain to Central Indiana through Thursday Night. One to three inches of rain will be possible…with locally high amounts. This will likely result in river and stream flooding…as well as flooding in some fields and roads. Areas along and south of I-70 appear to have the best chances higher amounts of rain at this time. The National Weather Service in Indianapolis has issued a

* Flood Watch for portions of central Indiana, east central Indiana, south central Indiana, southeast Indiana, southwest Indiana, and west central Indiana, including the following areas, in central Indiana, Bartholomew, Decatur, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Morgan, Rush, and Shelby. In east central Indiana, Delaware, Henry, and Randolph. In south central Indiana, Brown, Jackson, Lawrence, and Monroe. In southeast Indiana, Jennings. In southwest Indiana, Daviess, Greene, Knox, Martin, and Sullivan. In west central Indiana, Clay, Owen, Putnam, and Vigo.

* From Wednesday evening through late Thursday night

* One to Three inches of rain are expected through Friday morning.

* River Flooding will be likely. Standing water in fields and along some area roads will be possible. This may result in driving difficulties or even possible road closures.

* AFFECTED AREAS: DECATUR … BROWN … RANDOLPH … HENDRICKS … DAVIESS … OWEN … HANCOCK … GREENE … SHELBY … JENNINGS … MADISON … KNOX … DELAWARE … MORGAN … JACKSON … MARTIN … PUTNAM … BARTHOLOMEW … MARION … CLAY … VIGO … HENRY … JOHNSON … SULLIVAN … HAMILTON … MONROE … RUSH … LAWRENCE

Instructions:
A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop. Should a warning be issued…be prepared to turn around and don’t drown. Never drive your vehicle into floodwaters.

Cold Weather Situational Update Blog

School, Organization and Work Closings

Madison County Warming Centers

Adams Markleville Fire Department Cold Weather Prep video

Signs of Hypothermia

2/1/19 3:00 PM

Madison County has lowered our travel status to ADVISORY as of 3:00 PM on 2/1/2019. Even though most of the highly traveled roads are clear, there are still several scattered slick spots, just when you least expect them. Motorists need to slow down and continue to drive as if roads are snowy and slick. Temperatures will remain below freezing all night, and will raise tomorrow morning above freezing about 10:00AM. High temperatures on Saturday will be 41F and on Sunday 55F. Enjoy this nice air.

1/30/2019 Update 6:00 AM

Travel WATCH still in effect.

Madison County Government Center, courts, WorkOne and all other satellite county gov’t offices are closed today 1/30/2019.

Temperatures across Madison County are reading -4 to -8 degrees with gusty winds bringing the wind chill temperature to -20 to -35F. The coldest wind chill is expected this morning around 10AM before things will slowly start to improve. At 10:00 AM, the forecast temperature is -10 below zero with a -42F wind chill. This is dangerously cold temperatures.

CATS buses in Anderson are running today and providing FREE transportation to a warming center in Anderson. If you need assistance from CATS, please call (765) 646-5747 or (765) 644-8312. Again this is in the the City of Anderson.

Outside of Anderson, please call 765-642-0221 if you need assistance with transportation to a warming center. Law enforcement and fire personnel are providing transportation to those in need.

Warming Centers are open across Madison County, IN. Main Street Church of God reports 11 people stayed at the church last night including 3 staff members. LiveRite Fitness center has also opened their doors to citizens who need to shower between 1-3PM for those staying at Main Street COG shelter.

The United States Postal Authority has announced they will suspend mail deliver for Wednesday in many locations, including Madison County areas.

Please check on your neighbors, family members, and friends. Some people may not want to ask for assistance, but these temperatures can be deadly, please let us know if there are individuals who need transportation to a warming center.

Madison County Central Dispatch reports no major incidents last night on 3rd shift, call volume was down and emergency first responders are very grateful for this. Our 1st Responders are on duty ready to respond, but if they can stay indoors or in their patrol cars they very much appreciate the warmth as well.

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…WIND CHILL WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY EVENING THROUGH
THURSDAY AFTERNOON…

The National Weather Service in Indianapolis has issued a Wind
Chill Watch, which is in effect from Tuesday evening through
Thursday afternoon.

* WIND CHILL VALUES…Wind chills of 20 to 40 below zero possible
at times from Tuesday night through Thursday morning.

* OTHER IMPACTS…Frostbite and hypothermia can occur quickly if
precautions are not taken.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Wind Chill Watch means the there is the potential for a
combination of very cold air and strong winds to create
dangerously low wind chill values. Monitor the latest forecasts
and warnings for updates on this situation.

Cold Weather Safety Tips

Here are some important cold weather safety tips:

1. Dress in layers if you must go outside.
2. Bring pets indoors.
3. Limit your time outdoors to small intervals
4. Check on your neighbors
5. If you are using an alternative heat source, make sure it is at least 3′ away from flammable materials like curtains, blankets, etc.
6. Never use a stove or grill as alternative heat.
7. Stay hydrated.
8. Make sure your carbon monoxide detector is working inside.

You can follow Adams Markleville Fire Protection Territory for more fire safety tips during this cold weather.

Winter Storm 1/19/2019 and 1/20/19 Blog

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1/20/19 4:00 PM

Madison County has lowered the travel status to a Travel ADVISORY.

All county main roads and secondary roads have been cleared in the rural unincorporated areas of Madison County. All neighborhoods have been plowed except for 20 they are working on now. Intersections and bridges have been salted and sanded.
Main roads are mostly clear, secondary have some packed snow and can be hazardous especially tonight when snow that has melted re-freezes, however they are all passable with some caution.

Wind Chill Advisory has been issued for Madison County tonight thru 12:00 PM Monday.

* WHAT…Very cold wind chills expected. Wind chills as low as 20 below zero expected.

* WHERE…Portions of central, east central, north central and west central Indiana.

* WHEN…From 6 PM this evening to noon EST Monday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…The cold wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

Instructions:
A Wind Chill Advisory means that cold air and the wind will combine to create low wind chills. Frostbite and hypothermia can occur if precautions are not taken. Make sure you wear a hat and gloves.

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An orange level Travel Watch has been issued for unincorporated roads in Madison County, effective Saturday evening until further notice. A Travel Watch means that conditions are threatening to the safety of the public. During a “watch” local travel advisory, only essential travel, such as to and from work or in emergency situations, is recommended, and emergency action plans should be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies, and other organizations. Unincorporated roads are those roads maintained by Madison County, usually roads outside cities and towns.

Strong winds will cause additional traffic hazards. Use extra caution when traveling and if possible stay off the roads so street crews can clear snow from the pavement. Businesses, Churches and other organizations should implement emergency action plans while the county is under a Travel Watch.

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1/19/19 12:00 PM

The rain has continued much longer than forecasters anticipated this morning across Madison County north of I-70. Currently trees, power lines, and untreated surfaces are coated with ice throughout all of Madison County. The temperature ranges from 31F in the south to 28F in northern Madison County. We anticipate the rain to change over to all snow by 3:00PM today. The forecast for snow has dropped to 3-5″ for Madison County BUT we have picked up more icing than originally anticipated . The rain is expected to freeze on road surfaces once the snow changes over creating very slick conditions going into tonight.

Madison County is under a TRAVEL ADVISORY for all rural unincorporated roads in the county. We encourage citizens to limit travel and stay home if you do not need to be on the road.

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1/18/2019 4:00 PM Update
* WHAT…Heavy mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 7 inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze expected. Locally higher amounts of snow are possible Winds gusting as high as 40 mph. (Some forecasts are still calling for 8-10″ possibly as much as 14″ of snow in isolated areas).

* WHERE…Portions of central, east central, north central and west central Indiana.

* WHEN…From 4 AM Saturday to 4 AM EST Sunday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Travel could be very difficult. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility.

* AFFECTED AREAS: DELAWARE … BOONE … RANDOLPH … TIPTON … CARROLL … TIPPECANOE … CLINTON … HAMILTON … HOWARD … MONTGOMERY … MADISON … WARREN … FOUNTAIN

Instructions:
A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice will make travel very hazardous or impossible. The latest road conditions for Indiana can be obtained by calling 1 800 2 6 1 7 6 2 3

Here are some important WINTER WEATHER LINKS to other agencies and information
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1/18/19 8:00 AM Update

24 hours out from the onset of the winter storm, there is still considerable uncertainty in the amount of snow for the area.

Here is what we are certain about:

-Wind speeds of 18-20 mph with gusts into the low to mid 30’s Saturday and Saturday night before settling to 8-10 mph on Sunday.

-Freezing rain may appear at onset for a while but appears not to be a problem for Madison County.

-The precipitation should begin early Saturday and be over by the early hours Sunday. (Winter Storm Watch expires at 4:00 AM)

-Low temperatures Sunday and Monday morning seem to be moderated some but there is not total agreement. It’s fair to say that both Sunday and Monday morning will be near single digits if not reaching zero. (Windchills will likely push our temps below zero)

The uncertainty involves the snowfall amounts for the County. The NWS has just released a 5” prediction for Madison County, which follows one of the models pretty close. Other models that were pretty accurate last week have 7-9” and one run this morning is showing 12+”.

It seems certain that Madison County will have a significant weather event tomorrow and that preparation is important. The amount of snow that will complicate the situation is still in flux. Warning will update later today should any clearer picture evolve. Indications this morning are that significant icing should not occur.

No is the time citizens should be preparing for this winter weather event. Preparations should include:

– Making sure you have adequate supply of food and water
– Fuel up your vehicle
– Charge portable battery powered devices
– Check flashlights
– Make sure you have adequate medicine
– Bring pets indoors
– Find your shovel and have it ready for after the storm
– Make sure you have jumper cables, blankets, and other cold weather gear in your car.

Be Prepared!

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1/17/19 3:00PM
Winter storm watch in effect from late friday night through late saturday night

What: heavy mixed precipitation possible. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze possible. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

Where: portions of central, east central, north central and west central indiana.
When from late friday night through late saturday night.

Additional details travel could be very difficult. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility.
Instructions

A winter storm watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

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1/17/2019 UPDATE 8:00 AM

The following summarizes our best estimates of what Madison County can expect as this winter storm pushes through:

-8” of snow that is likely to begin by noon on Saturday with the heavy snow ending by late Saturday night to early Sunday morning.

-a strip of freezing rain is likely just to our S which could lessen snow amounts should the track move further N. The ice potential appears to be a tenth or so on the margin of the snow band.

-Steady winds of 20 mph with gusts into the low 30’s is likely from Saturday morning through the early hours Sunday with calmer 9-10 mph winds by daybreak Sunday.

-Temperatures in the upper 20’s during the day Saturday with falling temperatures Saturday night to about 9 F by Sunday daybreak with a high on Sunday of 14 F and a low Monday morning of about -4 F below zero. The good news is that temps should warm to the mid 30’s Tuesday afternoon.

Right now it appears that 12+” of snow is likely to our NE across OH.

Considering the snow amounts that are possible along with the winds, drifting snow is likely in the county making travel very difficult with whiteout conditions possible at times Saturday. Warning will continue to monitor and expect to issue an update Friday morning.

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Advisory: Winter Weather Advisory until 10:00AM Thursday

* WHAT…Mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of up to one inch and ice accumulations of a light glaze expected.

* WHERE…Portions of central, east central, north central and west central Indiana.

* WHEN…From 4 AM to 10 AM EST Thursday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning commute.

* AFFECTED AREAS: DELAWARE … BOONE … MORGAN … VERMILLION … DECATUR … PUTNAM … MARION … RANDOLPH … HENDRICKS … TIPTON … CARROLL … TIPPECANOE … HANCOCK … CLINTON … HENRY … JOHNSON … SHELBY … HAMILTON … HOWARD … MONTGOMERY … PARKE … WARREN … MADISON … RUSH … FOUNTAIN

Instructions:

A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for Indiana can be obtained by calling 1 800 2 6 1 7 6 2 3

Winter Weather Information

A significant winter storm this weekend with heavy snow is possible across the midwest including Madison County. In addition to significant winter storm, winds are expected to gust 30-40 MPH while temperatures drop into single digits. It is early in the week, forecasters are still watching the track of the storm which could shift north or south impacting snow and ice totals. At this time, we do believe accumulating snow will arrive mid to late Saturday into Sunday. Now is the time to prepare your vehicle and home for the POSSIBILITY of a major winter storm.

We will keep this page active for winter storm updates this week. We encourage you to bookmark this link for your winter weather authority – Todd PIO

Winter Weather Information

…Another Winter Storm may Impact Central Indiana this Weekend… 1/19/2019

…Another Winter Storm may Impact Central Indiana this Weekend…

A Winter storm may push out of the southern plains on Friday
night and push across Kentucky on Saturday. This may result in
another significant accumulating snow for Central Indiana on
Saturday and Saturday Night.
It remains too soon to determine specific snowfall amounts.
However…current forecast models suggest accumulating snow…that
could result in snow covered roads and surfaces and difficult
travel conditions.
There is still uncertainty in the forecast. The timing and the
path of the storm could change in later forecasts. People should
stay aware of the forecast and be prepared for the possibility of
more snow on Saturday.

Madison County Highway Department Prepares for the First Winter Storm of 2019

A new tandem axle snow plow and a pick-up truck with a plow staged and ready to go if needed.

Madison County Highway Department is preparing for this first winter storm of 2019. The department led by Scott Harless, will have 15 new tandem plows and 4 pickup trucks out in the county keeping the roads plowed. Each township (13) has a tandem plow assigned to it, while 2 additional plows are available to assist as needed or escort emergency vehicles. The department utilizes pick-up trucks to plow smaller roads and areas not easily accessible by the large plows, such as neighborhoods.

Prior to the winter storm, Madison County has put down approximately 6,000 gallons of pretreat liquid brine on all blue line roads which will help enhance the melting process. The blue line roads are the primary county roads that are plowed first in each township in order to ensure emergency and other critical personnel are able to drive as necessary. Blue line roads for example would be 100W, 200E, 300E, 500N, 1000N, 500W, 200W, 200S and several others in the county. During the storm, the highway department has 32 employees that will work in shifts plowing while 4 personnel rotate in the maintenance garage working on equipment. “During a big snow event like the one forecasted this weekend, it takes the entire team at the Highway Department working together, 24 hours a day to maintain 890 miles of roads in rural Madison County” said Scott Harless. Scott would also like to remind citizens, these large trucks take up a lot of room on narrow county roads, please yield to the trucks and give them the right of way. Across the country, highway crews have adopted the saying, “Don’t Crowd the Plow” in an effort to educate drivers to give extra room to snow plows on all roads.

During the snowstorm this weekend, if you see some of our Madison County Highway crew-members taking a much-needed break, please take a moment to tell them thank you for the job they are doing. It takes a very highly skilled and experienced driver to keep a 70,000 lb. snow plow on the road in white out conditions, AND driving on snow packed slick and hazardous roads.

Thank you to all of our Madison County Highway Department employees!

Winter Weather Information

Important Winter Weather Web Links
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10:00 AM Sunday 1/13/2019

Winds gusting 15-20 MPH and sustained winds 8-15 MPH in Madison County is causing drifting of snow on rural county roads. Madison County remains under a Travel Advisory on all rural unincorporated roads. The drifting is occurring primarily in the northern portion of the county, however in the south this is occurring as well.

Madison County on average received 8″ of snow during this winter storm. Madison County Highway Department has a full compliment of all trucks on the road plowing in each of the townships along with a compliment of pickup trucks plowing smaller county roads and neighborhoods. We are asking citizens to avoid unnecessary travel if possible so our plows can work quickly and safely on our rural roads.

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7:00 PM 1/12/2019

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3:00 PM Update 1/12/2019

Most areas around Madison County have measured 5″-5.5″ of snow. Snow continues to fall across the county heavily. We anticipate another 1-2″ of snow falling this afternoon / evening. As darkness begins to set in, driving will become more challenging on snow covered roadways. Madison County rural unincorporated roads still remain under a Travel Advisory.

EMA has only been requested at 2 accidents as of this point on Saturday. Law Enforcement has received several accidents and several slide offs today. We do not have an exact number of accidents at this time.

Remember EMA has posted several weather related links for our followers. Winter Weather Links

8:00 AM update Saturday 1/12/2019

Madison County has issued a TravelAdvisory for all unincorporated rural roads of MADISON County. A TRAVEL ADVISORY means routine travel may be restricted insome areas due to hazardous situations. Individuals should use caution and Please slow down when driving.

Snow fell during the early morning hours and has resulted in 1” of snow across most of MADISON County. The NWS is still predicting 5”-7” of snow for Madison County with the heaviest snow expected after 2:00 PM.

1/11/2019 9:00 PM Update

The NWS Indianapolis is still holding their forecast for 4″-7″ of snow with some isolated areas seeing 7″+ Saturday into Sunday morning. Madison County is under a Winter Storm Warning until Sunday 7:00 AM. At 8:00 PM, Indiana State Police Evansville were reporting ice covered roads and snow starting to stick as this storm makes its way NE. We anticipate snow arriving in Madison County after 3:00 AM. The heaviest of snow will fall between 2:00PM – 9:00 PM on Saturday. This is forecast to be a heavy wet snow which is good because winds on Saturday should be around 10 MPH increasing to 15-20MPH on Sunday. The heavier snow will limit a majority of drifting caused by the increased winds on Sunday.

Here is some important information about your health during winter weather. Winter Weather Health Risks

Be sure to check back tomorrow morning and throughout the day Saturday and Sunday for updates.

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Indianapolis IN
312 AM EST Fri Jan 11 2019

…Winter Storm Warning in effect late tonight through Sunday
Morning…

WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 7 AM
EST SUNDAY…

* WHAT…Total snow accumulations of 5 to 7 inches expected with
minimal ice accumulations of a light glaze possible.

* WHERE…Portions of central, south central, southeast,
southwest and west central Indiana.

* WHEN…From midnight tonight to 7 AM EST Sunday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Travel could be very difficult.

* TIMING…Late Friday night through early Sunday morning.

* MAIN IMPACT…Potential exists for 5 to 7 inches of snow
accumulation, with locally higher amounts possible. This will
create hazardous travel conditions.

* OTHER IMPACTS…Potential for low visibilities in heavy snow
bands.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Winter Storm Warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet
and ice will make travel very hazardous or impossible.

If traveling on Saturday…be prepared for very hazardous or
impossible conditions. Consider staying off the roads and
postponing travel to a better weather day.

The latest road conditions for Indiana can be obtained by
calling 1 800 2 6 1 7 6 2 3

Here is a link to read more about the Madison County Highway Department.

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Thursday 4:30 PM Update

Madison County is just outside the Winter Storm Watch box which stops to our south in Hancock County. This storm system is still growing and changing by the hour. NWS and EMA encourage citizens to prepare for a winter storm which could bring 2″-4″ of snow Saturday and into Sunday morning for Madison County. Just south in Hancock County, they are in the 4″-6″ forecast zone. Never the less, citizens should prepare now for winter weather this weekend.

Thursday 12:00 PM update

The NWS-Indianapolis is now predicting 4-6″ of snow for Madison County and central Indiana. NWS is being cautious as the storm track is continuing to change paths. The temperature is playing a key factor in this storm system as warmer temperatures will translate to more rain in the south. It is important for citizens to continue monitoring this developing winter weather system. If you are making plans to travel this weekend, plan your trip in advance. Here are some helpful tips to preparing for winter travel:

Charge your cellular phone
Cellular phone power cord
Pack extra blankets
Pack extra clothes so you can layer up if you become stranded
Flashlight
Nutritional foods (snack bars, peanut butter, high protein foods)
Water bottles
Extra medication
Jumper Cables
Small Shovel
Let family or friends no your travel route and estimated travel times.
As you progress during the trip, provide family or friends with updated locations.

Thursday morning 7:00AM update

Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service Indianapolis IN
224 PM EST Wed Jan 9 2019

…Accumulating Snow Likely Late Friday night into Saturday…

A strong storm system is expected to push into the region on late
Friday night and Saturday…bringing accumulating snow fall to
Central Indiana. Snow accumulations up to 4 inches will be
possible by Saturday Night. This may result in snow covered roads
as well as difficult driving conditions. Winter Weather advisories
might be issued.

This is still a developing situation. Snow amounts may change in
later forecast updates due to changes with the strength and
possible path of the storm system.

Central Indiana residents should pay attention to later forecasts
and possible advisories…and be prepared for accumulating snow on
Late Friday Night and on Saturday.