Snowfall to snarl commutes into evening

INDIANAPOLIS - Snowfall in the Indianapolis metro area was tapering off by Thursday afternoon, though motorists still saw messy commutes.

The race to keep up with Mother Nature started hours before most of Central Indiana was awake. Department of Public Works plows circled the streets in the metro area, and employees shoveled salt onto downtown sidewalk ramps by hand.

Outside the federal building, crews could barely clear the entire walkway before having to start shoveling again.

More than 5 inches of snow blanketed downtown, slowing drivers near the south split and creating bumper to bumper traffic on I-65 near Keystone Avenue for much of the morning rush hour.

Randy Salsbery, who'd been busy shoveling sidewalks outside the federal building for hours before sunrise, said he was taking the weather in stride.

"It's not too bad so far," he said. "Under four inches isn't so bad. You start getting above four, five six inches, and the task gets harder."

Despite the tapering snow fall, roads were still slick and travel was expected to remain difficult through the evening rush hour. The National Weather Service predicted wind gusts of up to 30 miles per hour that could cause snow to blow and drift across roads, reducing visibility.

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