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.

Thursday Severe Weather Threat

An unusual mix of weather is in store for today starting with dense fog, followed by periods of heavy rain along with some moderate chance for damaging winds following by crashing temperatures and chilling winds (20mph with gusts to low 30’s) through tomorrow. SPC has placed Madison County is in a slight region for severe storms with the greatest threat being damaging winds. A tornado can not be completely ruled out but is less probable. The window for greatest threat of severe weather looks to be 11AM – 4PM. Rain fall additions for the county look to be on the order of 1” but models vary some. The risk of flooding continues along with frozen patches of ice Friday morning. Low temps Fri. morning of mid teens rising to 20 or so for a high. The Madison County EMA Warning Division will be monitoring the weather assessment and will provide updates as necessary.

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.


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.

Signs of Hypothermia

According to the Mayo Clinic, hypothermia is a medical emergency that occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature. Normal body temperature is around 98.6 F (37 C). Hypothermia (hi-poe-THUR-me-uh) occurs as your body temperature falls below 95 F (35 C).

When your body temperature drops, your heart, nervous system and other organs can’t work normally. Left untreated, hypothermia can eventually lead to complete failure of your heart and respiratory system and eventually to death.

Hypothermia is often caused by exposure to cold weather or immersion in cold water. Primary treatments for hypothermia are methods to warm the body back to a normal temperature.

Shivering is likely the first thing you’ll notice as the temperature starts to drop because it’s your body’s automatic defense against cold temperature — an attempt to warm itself.

Signs and symptoms of hypothermia include:

– Shivering
– Slurred speech or mumbling
– Slow, shallow breathing
– Weak pulse
– Clumsiness or lack of coordination
– Drowsiness or very low energy
– Confusion or memory loss
– Loss of consciousness
– Bright red, cold skin (in infants)

Someone with hypothermia usually isn’t aware of his or her condition because the symptoms often begin gradually. Also, the confused thinking associated with hypothermia prevents self-awareness. The confused thinking can also lead to risk-taking behavior

Call 911 or your local emergency number if you suspect someone has hypothermia.

While you wait for emergency help to arrive, gently move the person inside if possible. Jarring movements can trigger dangerous irregular heartbeats. Carefully remove his or her wet clothing, replacing it with warm, dry coats or blankets.

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.



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.


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.

Wind Chill Advisory Issued

* 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.


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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.


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
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!

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.

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.


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.


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.



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.