Bloomington, Ellettsville road conditions, weather updates, closures – The Herald-Times

INDOT snow plow cameras show snow is starting to accumulate on Interstate 69 in Bloomington. Snow is also collecting on Ind. 46 between Bloomington and Nashville and between Bloomington and Ellettsville.
Owen County has moved to a watch status, meaning travel conditions are threatening to public safety. Only essential travel is recommended.
Drivers should exercise caution on area roads. A travel advisory is in effect for Monroe, Morgan, Owen, Greene and Lawrence counties.
INDOT’s Trafficwise website shows plows are out keeping roads in and out of Bloomington passable. Cameras on plows clearing Ind. 46 and I-69 reveal slushy conditions.
Monroe County is waking to a blanket of wet snow that continues to steadily fall. There is a winter storm warning in effect until 7 p.m. tonight. The National Weather Service reports an additional 2 to 4 inches is possible throughout the day.
All locations of the Monroe County Solid Waste Management will open at 10 a.m. Jan 25.
The city of Bloomington issued the following advisory Tuesday. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Warning for the Bloomington area beginning at 1 a.m. Wednesday. The latest weather forecasts show snow accumulation in Bloomington is expected to be in excess of 3-7 inches, with winds gusting as high as 35 mph. Higher totals are possible.
City crews will monitor conditions throughout the evening and overnight. Plowing will continue until the snow has stopped and the roadways have been cleared for safe travel.
Ice and snow make for hazardous travel conditions. Residents are advised to stay off the roads if possible. If you must travel, please drive safely. This includes driving slowly, maintaining a safe distance from the car in front of you, and accelerating and decelerating slowly.
At this time, city services and offices are expected to be operating on Wednesday, and there is no delay in sanitation pickup expected.
Lighthouse Christian Academy schools will be closed Wednesday.
WonderLab, at 308 W. Fourth St., will open 1-5 p.m. Wednesday.
The Bloomington area can expect 1 to 5 inches of snow, while some areas north of Interstate 70 may see more than 10 inches, according to a Tuesday afternoon briefing from the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.
David Beachler, science operations officer for the National Weather Service in Indianapolis, said people should avoid travel and stay off roads if they can because the heavy snowias expected to make travel treacherous.
Between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m., snow will fall primarily north of I-70, while southern Indiana likely will see a mix of rain and snow, he said.
If people cannot avoid driving during this time, Beachler said they should allow for extra time and avoid risky driving behavior.
He also warned the weight of the snow also poses some danger for people who want to shovel their driveway and sidewalk. Shoveling heavy snow can put a big strain on your heart. Beachler said people should stay hydrated, take frequent breaks and shovel only small amounts with each shovel pass.
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“Try to pace yourself,” he said. “The weight of the snow … can really get you exhausted quick.”
While the weight of the snow may strain some power lines and tree branches, Beachler said the weather service was not forecasting strong winds. That likely means the risk of power outages related to downed lines or the risk of damage/injuries from falling trees was low — though smaller limbs may still break off trees.
Monroe County Community School Corp. announced all schools would be on eLearning Wednesday.
Classes begin online at the regular time. Families may receive additional eLearning information from your school and/or teacher. All in-person programs, which include the Early Learning Center, Hoosier Hills Child Care, preschools and extended day will be closed Wednesday.
All Monroe County government offices will be closed Wednesday.


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