10:20 A.M. UPDATE
9 A.M. UPDATE
Indiana State Police are advising motorists to be cautious on I-65 northbound near Columbus, just north of Exit 68. There is a jackknifed semi off the roadway. ISP: The northbound on-ramp at Exit 68 will be shut down shortly while crews work to remove the semi.
Drive carefully through the area as a large amount of emergency personnel are on the scene.
8:45 A.M. UPDATE
Indiana State Police are reporting numerous slideoffs in this area, mainly in Bartholomew County. They are advising drivers that although the roadways appear to be slushy, weather conditions have deteriorated in the past hour and roads are becoming slick.
Latest weather update from Bartholomew County Emergency Management and National Weather Service
- A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for Bartholomew County until 7 p.m. Wednesday.
- Bartholomew County is predicted to get 1-3 inches of snow. This is a much lower amount than previously predicted. Storm warning still provides a range of 2-7 inches for the county.
- Areas north and west of Bartholomew are predicted to receive higher amounts (2-5 inches) while areas south of Bartholomew County are predicted to receive slightly less snow (1-2 inches).
- Areas across southern Indiana (which includes Bartholomew County) could see mixed precipitation through Wednesday afternoon.
- High winds and sub-zero temperatures are not expected as with our last storm.
o Wind gusts up to 35 mph can be expected at times.
- Second Wave 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
o Highest rates along and north of I-70
o Predominantly snow (North)
o Mix, transitioning to rain (South)
The following closings and delays have been announced due to weather.
Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. is having an elearning day, with lessons being posted on itslearning by 9 a.m.
Flat Rock-Hawcreek School Corp., closed
ABC Stewart School, closed
Edinburgh Schools, elearning day
Columbus Christian, elearning day
St. Bartholomew, elearning day
St. Peter Lutheran, elearning day
Jennings County schools, closed
St. Paul Lutheran preschool, closed
White Creek Lutheran, elearning day
Brown County Schools, elearning day
Seymour Schools, elearning day
Shelbyville Central schools, closed
Shelby Eastern, closed
Thrive Alliance congregate meal sites are closed today.
Bartholomew County offices are closed, with employees working remotely
Closed: Bartholomew County Humane Society
Closed: Columbus Day Women Bible Study
Closed: Flintwood Wesleyan Church
Columbus Human Rights Commission meeting scheduled for today has been canceled.
Road advisories: 5:45 a.m.
The Bartholomew County status has been moved to advisory by Bartholomew County Emergency Management. It is 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. Issued at 5:43 a.m.
Road conditions: 6 a.m.
Indiana State Police say some thick, wet snow is on the ground this morning and southeast Indiana is currently experiencing a rain/sleet mix with temperatures around the freezing mark. At 6 a.m., the temperature is listed at 33 degrees with the National Weather Service reporting a wintry mix in the area.
State police say interstate highways and state highways appear to be in decent shape with pavement mostly just wet, and slush on the shoulders and ramps.
Many county roads and side roads are in poor shape with thick slush, state police said.
There have been a number of minor crashes already reported as of 6 a.m., state police said.