“Stay off the roads” from Wednesday

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Indianapolis officials have warned residents to stay off the roads during a winter storm expected to hit the city Wednesday and Thursday.

“We are here today to make sure residents are aware of the weather threat we face over the next few days,” Mayor Joe Hogsett said. roads if possible.

National Weather Service meteorologist Ted Funk said a winter storm warning would be in effect for Indianapolis from Wednesday morning through Thursday evening.

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The storm is expected to hit Indianapolis with rain Wednesday morning that will continue throughout the day and change to freezing rain or sleet as temperatures drop later Wednesday afternoon or early evening, a said Funk.

Freezing rain and sleet will quickly turn to snow Wednesday night, with the heaviest snowfall expected to hit the city Thursday morning, Funk said.

Indianapolis is expected to see between 6 and 12 inches of snow over the two-day period, while areas north of the city could see between 12 and 18 inches of snow, Funk said.

“At this time we are looking at high snowfall rates,” Funk said. “We are looking at 20 to 30 mph winds. That could cause near blizzard conditions here and north of here at times.”

The storm will cause dangerous travel conditions, Hogsett said.

If residents must drive during the storm, Hogsett encouraged them to obey traffic laws, drive with caution, bring food and water with them in an emergency, and keep their phones charged.

The mayor also encouraged residents to watch relatives and older neighbors during the storm, especially in the event of a power outage. Those needing help with food, water and shelter during the storm can call 211, Hogsett said.

“The city is ready,” Hogsett said. “The combination of weather events that we will see over the next few days will pose a unique challenge.”

The storm will end Thursday night and temperatures will drop to below freezing through the weekend, Funk said.

“The key message here is to take precautions and be prepared,” Funk said. “Be aware. Travel will become dangerous, if not impossible (during the storm).”

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett speaks during a press conference February 1, 2022 about a winter storm that is expected to hit the city.

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The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s Emergency Operations Center will be activated to monitor the storm and its impacts beginning Wednesday morning.

Dan Parker, director of the Indianapolis Department of Public Works, said his department has been preparing for the storm since last week.

Residents should call the Mayor’s Action Center at 317-327-4622 if roads are impassable due to high water or downed trees, Parker said.

DPW’s stormwater and forestry units will be activated Wednesday morning to respond to incidents during the storm, Parker said.

Parker reminded residents that in the event of a power outage, traffic lights should be treated as four-way stops. With the kind of snowfall expected from the storm, residents shouldn’t expect clear roads Thursday morning, Parker said.

“Indianapolis has been lucky so far,” Funk said. “We saw very little snow. That’s about to change. Don’t be fooled by the fact that we’re in the 50s today for the next two days.

Homeless Resources

Single men in need of shelter during the storm should check in at the Wheeler Mission Shelter for Men at 520 E. Market St, according to a press release from the mayor’s office.

If the shelter is at capacity, people will be directed to overflow locations. Women and families can contact the Wheeler Mission Center for Women and Children at 317-687-3630.

For day accommodations, select Indy Parks locations may be used during business hours as warm-up centers. Blankets, hats and gloves will be available at these locations, according to the mayor’s office.

When the air temperature drops below 10 degrees or the wind chill temperature drops below freezing, Horizon House remains open as a warming center for homeless people between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Hours of operation on Wednesdays are 7:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Horizon House is located at 1033 E. Washington Street.

If the air temperature is zero degrees or less, Outreach Inc. will be open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. as a warming center for people ages 14-24 who are experiencing housing instability. Outreach Inc. is located at 2416 E New York St.

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