NWS, Indianapolis officials provide update on approaching winter storm

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Posted at 3:34 PM, Feb 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-01 22:50:57-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Officials from the National Weather Service and City of Indianapolis are warning residents to prepare as a winter storm moves in the area.

A winter storm watch or warning is in effect for all of central Indiana until 1 a.m. Friday.

Rain, ice and heavy snowfall are in the forecast. Some areas could see up to more than a foot of snow.

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Across Indianapolis, five salt bars hold thousands of tons of salt waiting for workers to treat the roads.

"We're in Indianapolis — we're used to dealing with snow. We just ask people to take it slow," Dan Parker, Indianapolis Department of Public Works Director said.

DPW will have more than 200 people working throughout the storm beginning on Wednesday. INDOT will have around 1,000 trucks on roads throughout the state.

"Travel conditions will be very difficult once the storm hits. We will be putting out travel advisories again but if you don't need to be out, you should not be out," Tom Sellas, acting chief of Metropolitan Emergency Services, said.

Here's what you need to know:

  • Hogsett is urging drivers to stay off the roads and if they need to travel, be prepared.
  • Make sure you are checking on your relatives, neighbors and friends. Hogsett is urging people to encourage them to prepare, too.
  • Starting Wednesday morning, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department will open the city's emergency operations center for 24-hour operations.
  • Indy Department of Public Works Director Dan Parker said the salt will only work once the rain stops.
  • Parker is also urging people to stay off the roads if possible. If people need to travel, he's urging people to be cautious around snowplow drivers.
  • Intersections without power or working traffic signals should be treated as a four-way stop.
  • No one should park on roads plowed by DPW crews.

NWS Indianapolis Meteorologist-in-Charge Ted Funk provided an update.

You can watch the full press conference below.