Cold temps, drifting snow prompt advisories

INDIANAPOLIS - Drifting snow created nearly white-out conditions for drivers across central Indiana on Wednesday evening which prompted several travel advisories.

Indiana State Police declared a travel advisory for parts of Interstate 65 and Interstate 74 just after 8 p.m.

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I-65 from the 201 mm (U.S. 24 exit) to the 146 mm (State Road 47 exit) and I-74 from the western state line to the 52 mm (State Road 75) experienced hazardous conditions.

A yellow travel advisory was issued for many counties including Hamilton, Boone, Hendricks, Hancock, Morgan, Johnson, Shelby and Marion just before 10 p.m. because of the blowing snow and dangerously cold temperatures.

Reports of accidents led to additional road closures including a fatal two-car crash in Noble County. Police said a Whitley County man was killed on State Road 205 north of County Road 600S and two others were injured.

StormTeam 6 Chief Meteorologist Kevin Gregory said there was a recorded wind gust of 50 mph in Brownsburg as the arctic front moved through.

"Actual temperatures will remain in the single digits for highs Thursday. Wind chill temps overnight and tomorrow will drop in the 20 to 30-below zero range," Gregory said.

Police reminded drivers to carry a fully charged phone, nonperishable food, water, blankets and winter gear in case there is trouble on the roads.

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