INDIANAPOLIS -- Friday's winter storm wasn't a huge snow-maker but it left behind ice, sleet, slush and some snow in its wake - which caused quite a mess on the roads.
It was a wild 24 hours of weather that started Thursday afternoon with temperatures reaching 60 degrees and transitioned into a wet and cold evening. After midnight that rain turned to freezing rain and eventually snow which led to more than 380 school cancelations by early Friday morning.
The snow totals varied from 1.4 inches in Indianapolis to 4.5 inches recorded in Smithville as of Friday evening, but official totals weren't in for many areas.
Friday evening, Indiana State Police reported more than 300 crashes - 59 of them with injuries - and two deaths from the treacherous road conditions.
On top of that, crews worked more than 300 slide-offs and assisted more than 300 other motorists.
Now we deal with another arctic blast and very windy conditions. Blowing and drifting snow will be a big issue for us Saturday with highs only right around 20 degrees. Wind gusts could be in the 40 mph range. If there is still any ice on the trees Saturday, we could run into problems when the wind kicks up. That is when branches could fall.
Travel wise, advisories and watches will likely remain in effect across central Indiana through the weekend because of the leftover snow and ice. The main roads will likely be mostly cleared for the weekend but where you're going to run into issues will be side roads and neighborhoods.
As we found out Friday evening, that early morning freezing rain left a sheet of ice on most side roads that were never able to be fully addressed. Toss a coat of snow and freezing temperatures and you've got the makings of some really slick, dangerous conditions.
Hopefully, some of these will be addressed over the weekend, but it wouldn't hurt to keep it slow when you're driving through the neighborhood.
The Winter Storm Warning & Winter Weather Advisory have expired. However, bitter cold temperatures and blowing snow can be expected tonight. pic.twitter.com/W8vVzngJzd