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Winter storm and severe cold sweeps across the US

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Winter storm live coverage: Tracking forecasts, power outages, road conditions

A winter storm warning for central Indiana is in effect from 3 p.m. Thursday until 7 p.m. Friday. 

The cold front will arrive in Indianapolis between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday and cause temperatures to rapidly drop. Forecasters anticipate a flash freeze and potentially deadly driving conditions impacting commutes Thursday afternoon into Friday.

The storm is predicted to bring 2-5 inches of snow across central Indiana, high winds and bitterly cold temperatures. The low is expected to be minus 6 degrees Thursday night with up to 60 mph wind gusts and wind chills as low as minus 35 degrees in some areas. 

Indiana winter storm warning:Find warming center hours and locations as winter storms nears central Indiana
1:10 p.m.: Travel advisories issued in counties near Indianapolis

Hendricks and Hancock counties have issued travel advisories, while Hamilton County has issued a travel watch.

What does this mean:

Advisory: The lowest level of local travel advisory, means that routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas because of a hazardous situation, and individuals should use caution or avoid those areas.
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.
Warning: The highest level of local travel advisory, means that travel may be restricted to emergency management workers only. During a warning local travel advisory, individuals are directed to:
Refrain from all travel
Comply with necessary emergency measures
Cooperate with public officials and disaster services forces in executing emergency operations plans
Obey and comply with the lawful directions of properly identified officers.

1:00 p.m.: IMPD reminds residents to bring pets inside as cold temperatures approach
12:30 p.m: Carmel closing Christkindlmarkt due to winter storm

The Carmel Christkindlmarkt will close Thursday afternoon and all day Friday due to the forecasted winter storm that is expected to bring snow, high wind gusts and below-zero wind chills to Central Indiana in the coming days.

In a tweet Wednesday afternoon, the Christkindlmarkt account stated the decision to close the Christmas market Friday was made “after carefully reviewing the upcoming weather with our staff and the City of Carmel.”

A tweet Thursday afternoon stated the market would close at 3:30 p.m. today.

The Christkindlmarkt is still open Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed on Christmas Day.
12:20 p.m.: Indy DPW crews working extended shifts to keep roadways clear

The city’s department of public works is asking residents to:

Avoid unnecessary travel tonight as roads are being pre-treated following rain to prevent freezing.
Look for flashing amber lights which indicate plow trucks on the road.
Stay at least three car lengths away from plows to avoid snow clouds and flying salt.

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