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County Under Winter Weather Advisory

Last updated on Thursday, January 12, 2012

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for much of Central Indiana from 10:00 a.m. Thursday to 1:00 p.m. Friday.

Lawrence County could see approximately 1 to 3 inches of snow. The snow will start off light and will slowly pick up through the afternoon and evening hours.

Thursday night, heavy to moderately heavy snow bands will move in, said Fox59's Meteorologist Ron Smiley. By Friday morning, the moisture on the roadways will try to refreeze.

Jim O'Brien, Fox59's morning meteorologist, said the biggest threat of snowfall with be Thursday night and Friday morning. In addition to the snow fall, OBri'en said the state could see strong wind gusts.

The hardest hit areas for snow will remain in the north and northwest of Indianapolis with snowfall totals reaching 2 to 5 inches.

Judy Lee, front end manager, a JayC Store in Mitchell said residents started flowing into the store around 10 a.m. and began stocking up on essentials.

"Bread, milk, eggs were the big things," Lee said. "They want to be ready. Many are buying items to make a big pot of chili."

There could be school delays and closings Friday morning, so check WBIW for the very latest closings.

Motorists should expect slippery roads during Thursday evening and Friday morning's rush hours.

The Indianapolis Department of Transportation (INDOT) advises drivers to use caution when traveling and to be prepared before leaving your home.

INDOT gives the following tips for driving in winter weather:

First Snow or Ice: Drivers often aren't prepared for winter driving and forget to take it slow. Remember to drive well below the posted speed limit and leave plenty of room between cars.

Black Ice: Roads that seem dry may actually be slippery - and dangerous. Take it slow when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges or shady areas - all are hot spots for black ice. Remember, Ice and Snow, Take it Slow.

Limited Visibility: Stay attentive and reduce speed. Know what's going on around you.

Four-Wheel Drive: On snow and ice, go slowly, no matter what type of vehicle you drive. Even if you have an SUV with four-wheel drive you may not be able to stop any faster, or maintain control any better, once you lose traction. Four-wheel drive may get you going faster, but it won't help you stop sooner.

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