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Megan Bridgeman, Deming Headlight

Before you were even awake, Indianapolis was blanketed in snow. 

The National Weather Service said it measured 2 inches of snow at its Indianapolis office as of 7 a.m. Saturday. Snow began falling at the NWS office shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday morning, and it may not stop until Saturday night. 

We’ll be updating this story throughout the day to reflect the most current NWS forecast, road conditions, snow accumulation levels and more. So keep refreshing this page for the most recent information.

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A snow plow works on 56th Street, where it crosses I-465 on the city’s east side, on a day where 5 to 7 inches of snow is expected to fall in Central Indiana, Indianapolis, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (Photo: Robert Scheer/IndyStar)

Indianapolis weather forecast

Total snowfall amounts of 5 to 7 inches are possible by late Sunday morning, according to NWS. This will create “hazardous or impossible” travel conditions, like slick roads and the potential for low visibilities, NWS said.

Saturday’s high temperature will be near 30 degrees, and 3 to 5 inches of daytime snow accumulation is possible, NWS said. As of 9 a.m., NWS measured 2.8 inches of snow at its office. 

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The iconic John Wooden statue in Downtown, covered in the first of 5 to 7 inches of snow that is expected to fall in Central Indiana, Indianapolis, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (Photo: Robert Scheer/IndyStar)

Indianapolis driving conditions

Accumulating snow has created slick roads, and snowfall could create reduced visibilities. Scott Manning, strategic communications director for The Indiana Department of Transportation, said INDOT is seeing reduced travel speeds as a result of the snow. 

Hamilton, Madison, Hancock, Shelby and Johnson counties are also under a travel advisory, meaning routine travel or activities may be restricted. 

INDOT TrafficWise is reporting the following traffic incidents:

  • The right two lanes of I-65 S near Washington Street are closed due to a crash.  

Indiana State Police Sgt. John Perrine tweeted at 8:29 a.m. that motorists are driving too fast, and that ISP was actively working on a dozen crashes at the time of the tweet. 

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Andrew Clark is Facebook editor for IndyStar. Call him at 317-444-6484 or email him at andrew.clark@indystar.com. Follow him on Twitter @Clarky_Tweets. 

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2019-01-12 13:25:00

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