INDIANAPOLIS - A winter storm is expected to barrel through central and southern Indiana in two waves, bringing a mixture of sleet and snow to the southern two-thirds of the state through Friday.
A winter storm warning is in place for much of central and southern Indiana beginning late Thursday and through the day Friday.
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Much cooler air moved into Indiana Thursday morning, and a low-pressure system sweeping by to the south of the state brought in more cold air and moisture.
Wintry precipitation began falling in Indiana Thursday evening, with a band of sleet and snow moving through the region.
The first wave of precipitation is expected to end early Friday.
"The snow will fall heavy at times into the overnight hours before tapering toward the morning commute," StormTeam 6 Chief Meteorologist Kevin Gregory said. "While there will be a lull at times in the morning, we will quickly see the snow fill back in and continue through a good portion of Friday."
Gregory said visibility could fall to below one mile at times.
By the end of the day Friday accumulation of 5 to 7 inches of snow and sleet is expected in the Indianapolis area and in counties along and immediately north and south of Interstate 70.
In areas from Bloomington to Columbus to Greensburg, higher snowfall and sleet totals are expected, with total storm accumulations of 6 to 10 inches possible.
Accumulations in that area will stay lower if more sleet falls initially.
There will be a sharp cutoff of accumulations north of Indianapolis, with the Lafayette and Kokomo areas expected to receive far less snow.
There is another chance for accumulating snow over the weekend.
"Another system heads our way for Sunday with a snow/sleet/rain mix followed by another blast of arctic air next week where we will drop into the single digits," StormTeam 6 meteorologist Todd Klaassen said.
High temperatures early next week are expected to stay in the teens.
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