INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Here’s the latest from News 8 on the winter storm.
The Indiana State Emergency Operations Center will be activated beginning at 7 a.m. Thursday. In addition, Governor Eric J. Holcomb has activated nearly 150 Indiana National Guard members to serve as roadside assistance teams, strategically positioned in the northern third of the state to assist motorists if needed.
The Indianapolis Department of Public Works will have two shifts starting at 11 am Thursday with more than 100 crew members deploying 76 snowplows. Public Works plans to extend those teams through Monday in anticipation of Monday Night Football.
In addition, Public Works will suspend the service on Fridays for garbage collection; Friday customers will have double trash pickup on December 30th. Watch the press conference on the WISH-TV Facebook page.
Indy Parks says three facilities will have “extended hours” for warm-up centers. Washington Park Family Center will be open from 8 pm Friday to 8 am Sunday. The Garfield Park Burrello and Thatcher Park Family Centers will be open from 8 am to 8 pm on Friday and from 8 am to 2 pm on Saturday. At the Washington Park Family Center, cots and basic items will be available for overnight guests. Watch the press conference on the WISH-TV Facebook page.
A representative for the National Weather Service says 2 to 3 inches of snow is expected in the Indianapolis metro area due to the upcoming winter storm, but more importantly, wind chill hazards could last up to 12 hours. with the storm system. Watch the press conference on the WISH-TV Facebook page.
News 8 at 5 pm airs a press conference by Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and others about the winter storm. Watch the press conference on the WISH-TV Facebook page.
The Frankfort Festival of Lights will be closed Thursday, says the city’s parks superintendent.
The Indiana Department of Transportation will be fully operational in most locations with nearly 1,000 trucks treating and cleaning highways across the state Thursday afternoon through the weekend. Trucks will remain out in full force during and after the storm to continue cleanup efforts.
Monroe County Emergency Management announces that it will open warming centers Friday through Monday in Bloomington. Find details in this story on WISH-TV: Warming centers and overnight shelters open during severe weather
The Carmel Christkindlmarkt says it will be closed on Friday.
The travel status for Henry County is “advice.” The lower level of local travel advisory means that routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas due to a dangerous situation, and people should use caution or avoid those areas.
The travel status for North Hamilton County is “Observing”. A “watch” means that conditions threaten the safety of the public. During a local “watch” travel advisory, only essential travel, such as to and from work or in emergency situations, is recommended, and businesses, schools, government agencies, and other organizations are required to implement emergency action plans.