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Blizzard Hits Lawrence County
Updated May 5, 2013 1:10 AM
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(UNDATED) - The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning from 1 a.m. to 7 pm Wednesday.

Bedford City and County crews were out salting and sanding roads before the storm hit and are out again now.

Highway Superintendent David Holmes says crews are busy.

"If people don't need to get out they need to stay home," Holmes says. "Roads were not too bad early this morning, drivers were able to get some traction, but that could change rapidly with the additional snow and sleet. Again, if you don't have to be out stay home. No sense risking your life and damage to property for a few after Christmas sales. Those sales will be there tomorrow."

Several businesses and daycares are closed. To see a complete list click on the banner at the top of this webpage for more details.This list will be updated as the storm progresses.

Snow, blowing snow and freezing rain is possible in some areas.

Ten to 15 inches of snow is expected in the Indianapolis area. Areas to the northeast of Indianapolis will see anywhere from six inches to a foot. Higher amounts are possible to the southeast of the metro area.

A blizzard warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous.

Do not travel. If you must travel, bring a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle.

Parts of our area are under a blizzard warning and officials are preparing for the impact of bad weather. A list of many government, business and other closings can be found on this website.

STATEWIDE

Residents are encouraged to stay indoors to avoid dangerous road conditions, paying attention to state travel advisories.

Lightning is still showing up in Indiana's western areas along with snowfall rates as high as 3 inches per hour.

This hazardous weather outlook is for central Indiana a wide array of hazards are possible for central Indiana due to a strong storm system moving through the Ohio Valley. Freezing rain and sleet across southern parts of central Indiana, changing over to snow - heavy at times. Blowing and drifting snow with total snow amounts ranging from 6 to 10 inches will create blizzard like white out conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Winds will gust to 40 mph and wind chill values will be near 10 degrees.

Freezing rain and sleet across southern Indiana will end by mid morning. Snow will continue through the day with the heaviest snow falling during the late morning hours. Conditions will worsen rapidly. Snow will begin to taper off late this afternoon, however winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph will result in blowing and drifting of the new snow through tonight.

Outlook - snow will be possible on Friday night and Saturday. Snow will be possible once again on Monday night and Tuesday.

A storm system passing well south of Indiana will result in chances for snow again Friday night and Saturday. Yet another cold front may bring chances for snow on Monday night and Tuesday.



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