Some central Indiana roads icy for Friday morning commute

Conditions expected to improve as temps rise

INDIANAPOLIS - Road conditions in central Indiana were mixed early Friday morning as a storm system that brought a mixture of sleet, snow and freezing rain began moving away.

During the early-morning hours in Indianapolis, residential streets were generally ice-covered, but interstates and other roads that had been treated were just wet.

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More than 250 schools either delayed or closed classes for the day. Indianapolis Public Schools delayed classes, while township schools in Marion County opted to close.

"We took a look at the forecast and really came to believe that delaying our start time by two hours wasn't going to ensure that the roads would be clear enough for our buses to get through safely," said Mary Lang of Wayne Township Schools.

Parents supported the decisions to close or delay schools for the day.

"I think it was the right decision. There's no need to take chances on accidents and I'm sure there's been plenty of them this morning. Conditions are really bad, so one day of school wouldn't hurt," said parent Eric Hogan.

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Temperatures were expected to warm above freezing across the region by later Friday morning.

There were reports of some slide-offs and minor crashes in the area on Thursday night, at the height of the precipitation, but there were no reports of serious crashes Friday morning.

A couple of water main breaks complicated the morning commute for some. The first break was at 34th Street and Lafayette Road, and the second break was at 21st Street and Ritter Avenue.

Indiana State Police reported several crashes and slide-offs in the Pendleton district overnight. As of 6 a.m. Friday, Interstate 69 was reported slick in spots, mostly on overpasses, bridges and ramps. There were also some icy spots on Interstate 70 in that area.

The Indiana Department of Transportation, Indianapolis Department of Public Works and county road crews had been on the roads late Thursday and early Friday to try to clear the way for morning commuters.

A little more than 200 Duke Energy customers in Hamilton County were without power as of 4 a.m., but it was not known if that was weather-related.

The ice forced the cancelation of several flights out of Indianapolis International Airport Thursday night and Friday morning.

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