Travel conditions still slick Wednesday morning

INDIANAPOLIS - Travel conditions deteriorated across Indiana Tuesday into Wednesday, prompting travel warnings and watches across the state.

A crash involving multiple vehicles in the southbound lanes of Interstate 65 at mile marker 193 in White County forced the closure of southbound traffic Wednesday morning, Indiana State Police said.

Southbound traffic was being diverted at U.S. 24 in Jasper County or at the U.S. 231 exit.

In southeastern Indiana, travel on Interstate 74 was tangled by a jack-knifed semi and cars that couldn't make it up a hill. Both directions of I-74 were closed for a time between Batesville and the Indiana-Ohio state line.

Northern Indiana's Marshall County issued a travel warning Tuesday evening limiting traffic to emergency workers only. Parke County also issued a travel warning later Tuesday night.

About 50 other counties statewide have issued travel watches and recommend essential traffic only.

MORE: County travel status map

In western Indiana's Vigo County, the Sheriff's Department said 20 crashes or slide-offs were reported during a two-hour period Tuesday afternoon. It says visibility had been reduced to about an eighth of a mile and the powdery snow was drifting in rural areas.

Indiana State Police responded to two personal injury crashes and 25 property damage crashes in the Indianapolis district. No life-threatening injuries were reported. Troopers also assisted with 21 reported slide-offs that did not result in any damage.

At 8:30 a.m., roughly 2,700 Duke Energy customers were without power. The majority of people affected were in Clark, Crawford, Floyd and Harrison counties, near Louisville. Indianapolis Power & Light did not report any power outages.

The National Weather Service predicted 10 inches or more of snow would fall over in parts of the northern half of Indiana, Less snowfall was predicted for the southern half of the state, but ice accumulations also posed a threat there.

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