Indianapolis is among the many cities that have been blitzed by wicked winter weather this weekend.
In Indianapolis, workers plowed almost continuously over the weekend, using 70 to 75 of the city's 85 snowplows, but side streets in residential areas went untouched.
The storm started harmlessly Friday, when about a half-inch of rain fell in central Indiana. But by 11 p.m., the rain froze and combined with sleet and snow to create dangerous driving conditions, causing numerous slide-offs and at least one fatality in Indianapolis when a car plunged into icy water.
Gusts of 20 to 40 mph Saturday caused the drifting that hampered snow removal. Sunday, wind continued with some snow and pockets of sleet and freezing rain south of the city, said Jim O'Brien, a meteorologist with WTHR (Channel 13), The Indianapolis Star's news-gathering partner.
Snow began Friday night--on top of a layer of sleet and freezing rain that made shoveling a chore; I broke one of our two snow shovels on the ice--and continued all weekend, causing cancellations and numerous traffic mishaps. This morning's commute was also no fun, but at least I was prepared for it and made it to work on time. Fortunately, we seem to be due for a respite later in the week.
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