Winter Storm

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

Winter Weather Situational Update 1/12 Storm

1-12-2018 9:30 PM

Madison County Highway department continues to have their plows on the road into the night applying abrasives and plowing.  The wind tonight is causing drifting on rural east west roads.   If you need to be out on roadways tonight, use primary roads such as State Highways or heavily travelled roads.


1-12-2018 4:30 PM

Snow continues to fall in Madison County with light accumulation on roads and highways.  The combination of ice earlier this morning compounded with snow this afternoon is making roads very slick and hazardous for motorists making the commute home.   Madison County Highway crews and INDOT crews have worked all day plowing and putting down abrasives.  Temperatures will continue to fall over night with windchill temperatures -5 to -2 below.  We are watching another storm system making its way toward Indiana for this coming Monday and Tuesday.

Residents should consider taking measures to keep pipes from freezing tonight in their homes.  We recommend leaving cabinet doors open (be alert for children and pets), and leaving a trickle of water running over night.  We do NOT recommend using alternative sources of heat.  Too many house fires are ignited because of alternative heat sources being used to close to flammable materials.  Space heaters should always be kept at a minimum of 3′ away from everything.

Over the weekend, continue to check our Closing and Delays page.

1-12-2018 8:00 AM

Madison County officials have raised our travel status to ADVISORY due to the ice covered roads and deteriorating road conditions.  Freezing rain continues to fall in Madison County adding to the ice build up on vehicles, roads, side walks and drive ways.   We remind citizens to walk with caution, icy conditions create slip and fall conditions for all ages.

Highway crews are out in full force (local and state) applying abrasives on roadways to help combat the icy conditions.   Road temperatures have dropped below freezing now, which means road surfaces will freeze.   Ice should change over to snow throughout the day and they are still forecasting 2-4″.

All public schools in Madison County closed today.  Continue to watch closings and delays page for after school activities today and Saturday.

Currently it is 27*F.  With increased winds throughout the day and falling temperatures, the windchill will dip to -2 overnight.  Extreme cold mixed with icy road conditions makes travel dangerous.  What if you had an accident or slid of the road on a rural patch of road and no one came along to help for several hours?  Would you be prepared prepared for negative temperatures to survive?


1-11-2018 10:45 PM

Temperatures have begun to fall across western Indiana as the front pushes thru.  Temperatures have fallen 20 degrees in less than hour near Crawfordsville.   As the front pushes thru we will see similar temperature drops causing a flash freeze type situation.  Due to the rain and wet conditions combined with the flash freeze will make roads extremely slick across the county.  Due to the rain, roads have not been pre-treated as our highway crews would normally due.  Motorists on Friday morning should plan for extra time during the AM commute.  Also be sure to check out the school closings and delays page for area schools.  School Closing.  Later in the day on Friday the freezing rain will change over to snow with expected accumulation of 2-3″.    EMA will be monitoring the changing weather conditions throughout the night posting updates as necessary.

See everyone on Friday morning!  PIO – Checked out for a couple of hours :-]


1-11-2018 5:45 PM Update

We will post updates to the public here for our winter weather storm which should make its way into Madison County on Friday morning beginning as freezing rain and changing over to snow by mid afternoon Friday.  We expect freezing rain Friday and accumulating snow of 2-4″ by Friday afternoon into the night.   Continue to watch our website and social media for updates as the weather approaches.

INDOT announces they will have 1,092 plows out state wide for this winter weather event.  Madison County Highway will have their fleet of 25 trucks covering 900 square miles.  This storm will be particularly difficult to pre-treat due to the rain we are receiving in advance of the storm which will wash away the chemicals.  Motorists should expect icy roads for their commute on Friday morning and snow covered roads for their commute home Friday night.  Plan in advance to have extra time to make your commute.  If you can, we would recommend staying home and allowing road crews to work and treat road surfaces.  Madison County officials will be assessing road conditions throughout the storm to determine any necessary travel advisories.

Popular Weather Related Links and Phone Numbers – DO NOT DIAL 911 FOR WEATHER AND ROAD CONDITIONS

Travel Advisory Map

INDOT Road Conditions phone line: 1-800-261-ROAD (7623)

INDOT Traffic Conditions

National Weather Service Indianapolis


Winter Weather Situational Update1/7

1-9-2018 12:00 Travel Status Returned to Normal

Madison County officials have lowered the travel status back to NORMAL for rural, unincorporated parts of Madison County.


1-7-2018 9:20 PM Travel Advisory Issued

Madison County officials have raised the travel status to ADVISORY for rural unincorporated parts of Madison County.  Routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas because of a hazardous situation, and individuals should use caution or avoid those areas. Freezing rain continues to fall across all of Madison County and emergency personnel are reporting all road surfaces are ice covered, slick and hazardous.  Motorists should allow extra time for their commute to work on Monday morning and limit travel if possible.

Follow us on our website for updates at or on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.  Also you can find up to the minute school closings and delays on our EMA website as well.


1-7-2018 8:40 PM FST Call

FST units requested to close State Road 28 between 500W and 600W for an accident with utility lines down.  Roadway extremely slick, advise all incoming units to proceed with caution road is ice covered.