Winter Storm 1/19/2019 Blog

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

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!

Flood Advisory Issued until 10:15PM

The National Weather Service in Indianapolis has issued a

* Flood Advisory for… Madison County in central Indiana… Hancock County in central Indiana… Randolph County in east central Indiana… Delaware County in east central Indiana… Henry County in east central Indiana…

* Until 1015 PM EST.

* At 515 PM EST, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain that will cause minor flooding in the advisory area. One to two inches of rain have fallen.



Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Please report flooding to your local law enforcement agency when you can do so safely.