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Cars drive north past a car that appears to have slid off the road in the 8200 block of Michigan Road after a winter storm hit Indianapolis, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018.(Photo: Kelly Wilkinson/IndyStar)Buy Photo

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10:52 a.m. update: Your marriage license applications will have to wait until next week. The Marion County clerk‘s office and election board also are closed, .

10:47 a.m. update: Marion County Courts and the Marion County prosecutor‘s office are getting a snow day. 

On Twitter, both would remain closed. The offices will re-open Tuesday after the holiday weekend. 

No games:

A full list of closings .

9:37 a.m. update: Southbound I-65 is closed near I-465 on the northwest side, because of a crash involving a semi, according to Fox59. 

 

8:54 a.m. update: Hamilton and Johnson counties are among 15 Indiana counties under travel watches.

That means weather conditions are “threatening to the safety of the public,” and only essential travel is recommended, according to the .

The rest of Central Indiana, including Indianapolis and the remainder of Marion County, are under travel advisories. Travel advisories are less severe, but authorities still urge motorists to use caution. 

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8:40 a.m. update: Several schools, government offices, nonprofits and businesses are either closed or on delays Friday, following wintry weather conditions Friday morning.

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8:07 a.m. update: Hamilton County has upgraded its yellow travel advisory to an orange-level travel watch. Conditions are threatening to the public and travel should be restricted to essential travel, such as to and from work or emergencies.

All Hamilton County government offices have closed due to the weather conditions.

“(The roads) are not great. They are actually not good at all,” said Indiana State Police Sgt. John Perrine.

Perrine said roads are snow- and ice-covered. Drivers will experience a “sleety snow” that is very slick. He also reminds travelers not to call 911 for road conditions.

Here are active incidents and concerns on interstates in the Indianapolis area, as of 8:05 a.m., according to INDOT and  on

  • The left lane of northbound I-465 is closed near I-70 due to a crash. Expect delays as you travel northbound on I-465 near mile 43.4.
  • The left lane of southbound I-65 is closed near I-465 due to a crash. Expect delays as you travel southbound on I-65 near mile 105.8.
  • The right lane of southbound I-465 is closed near W. 56th St. due to a crash. Expect delays as you travel southbound on I-465 near mile 18.9.

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The National Weather Service of Indianapolis is calling for a mixture of freezing rain and sleet, possibly mixed with snow through 8 a.m. Friday morning,

Weather conditions don‘t look likely to improve as the day goes on with snow, possibly mixed with freezing rain expected until 3 p.m. Snow accumulation will be the only threat after 3 p.m. with accumulations of snow and sleet expected to reach 1 to 2 inches.

The Indianapolis Department of Transportation has more than 800 yellow road trucks out with 164 in the Indianapolis region alone.

In Hamilton County, a yellow travel advisory has been issued for unincorporated roads, meaning routine travel or activities may be restricted by a hazardous situation.

The State Police are seeing some aggressive driving, despite the conditions.

Perrine warned drivers in the Indianapolis area to be careful on the roads and to stay home if at all possible.

Many side roads are already slick with the potential for sliding, he said. Slushy roads are turning into icy roads.

If you were worried about Perrine getting his doughnuts, however, don‘t be.

Visit the National Weather Service of Indianapolis at  for links to road reports and county travel statuses.

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