Work from home if you can, Indy officials say

Work from home if you can, Indy officials say

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A hazardous winter forecast (7 days) was shared by the National Weather Service for Central Indiana, Southwest Indiana and Northern Indiana. The first day begins on Thursday night and the seventh day is Wednesday.

Periods of light snow are possible Friday through Saturday with minimal snow accumulations expected. Bitter cold temperatures will return this weekend and will raise concerns about ice jams along rivers and streams in the area this weekend.

The Indianapolis Department of Public Works is asking everyone who can work from home on Friday.

In a statement issued Thursday afternoon, Indy DPW recommended that anyone with the ability to work from home on Friday do so.

“Officials within DPW are encouraging those with the ability to work remotely on Friday to do so to help alleviate pressure on the Friday morning commute, which could see a significant impact depending on snowfall totals,” Indy DPW said.

If you still have to head out tomorrow, Indy DPW recommends winter travel best practices:

  • Stay informed: Before leaving home, know the road conditions. Drivers need to know the weather and its limits. Follow the National Weather Service (NWS) and local media to help you stay informed of the latest conditions and forecasts.
  • Scan your vehicles: Remove any ice from your car’s windows, lights, brake lights and turn signals. Snow falling from vehicles can be dangerous when you’re on the road and obstruct your vision.
  • Space and time: Leave plenty of time to reach your destination safely. Motorists can forget to slow down when conditions look good, especially at night when black ice can be a problem for bridges and elevated roads. Remember to drive below the posted speed limit and leave plenty of space between cars.
  • be ready: Keep a basic winter survival kit in your car, including a flashlight, batteries, blanket, snacks, water, gloves, boots, and a first aid kit. Load your vehicle with winter travel gear, including tire chains, snow scraper/snow brush, jumper cables, and road flares.

Indianapolis residents can follow Indy DPW on Xformerly known as Twitter, for updates on snow removal and road conditions.

Indy DPW also operates the Indy Snow Force, a winter weather operations team, with an online map showing which roads have already been plowed in the city.

The Indy Snow Force Road Map can be found online at maps.indy.gov/IndySnowForceViewer. You can also follow them on X, @IndySnowForce.

Thursday night: We should see snow Thursday night, especially after 1 a.m. The temperature is low around 17 degrees. The winds are light and variable, becoming northwesterly at a speed of 5 to 9 knots after midnight. The probability of rain is 100%. Possibility of new snow accumulation of less than an inch.

On Friday, there is “the potential for dangerous driving conditions, especially along the northbound I 70 Corridor,” Greg Mello of NWS Indianapolis said.

The Indianapolis Department of Public Works (Indy DPW) has asked anyone who can to work from home tomorrow due to overnight snow and hazardous road conditions.

Friday: 30% chance of snow. The weather is mostly cloudy, with the temperature dropping to around 14 by 5pm, and wind chill values ​​as low as -1. Northwesterly winds 15 to 18 mph, with gusts up to 26 mph.

Friday night: 30% chance of snow before 1 a.m. Partly cloudy, with the minimum temperature around 5 degrees. Wind chill values ​​as low as -9. Winds are northwest at about 14 mph, gusting to 20 mph.

Saturday: Partly sunny, with the maximum temperature approaching 16 degrees. Winds are northwesterly, speeding about 10 mph.

Saturday night The weather is mostly clear, and the minimum temperature is about 3 degrees. Winds northwesterly, 5 to 10 knots.

Sunday: Sunny, with a maximum temperature approaching 24 degrees. Winds are southwesterly, 5 to 10 knots, becoming southerly in the afternoon.

Sunday nightPartly cloudy, with a low around 18 degrees. South-southeast wind 10 to 13 mph, with gusts up to 20 mph.

Thursday night: 30% chance of snow after 1 a.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 17. South wind 5 to 15 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Wind speeds can reach 22 mph.

Friday: 30% chance of snow before 7am. Mostly cloudy, with the temperature dropping to around 17 by 9 a.m., and a northwest wind 13 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.

Friday nightPartly cloudy, with a low around 6 degrees. Wind chill values ​​as low as -8. Winds northwest 10 to 13 mph, gusting to 20 mph.

Saturday: Sunny most of the time, and the maximum temperature is close to 19 degrees. Winds are northwesterly, about 10 knots per hour.

Saturday nightMostly clear, with a low of about 8 degrees. Northerly winds 3 to 8 mph.

Sunday: Sunny most of the time, and the maximum temperature is close to 29 degrees. The winds are light and variable, becoming southeasterly at a speed of 5 to 10 knots in the morning.

Sunday nightPartly cloudy, with a low around 22 degrees. Winds southeast about 11 mph.

Thursday night: Snow, especially after 8pm, and low temperatures around 16 degrees. North winds about 5 mph. The probability of rain is 100%. The potential for new snow accumulation ranges from 1 to 3 inches.

Friday: Possibility of snow, especially after 1 p.m. Cloudy, with a high near 21. North wind 5 to 10 mph. The probability of rain is 70%. Possibility of snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches.

Friday night: Possibility of snow. Partly cloudy, with a low around 8 degrees. Winds are northwesterly, at a speed of about 5 knots per hour, becoming calm after midnight. The probability of rain is 70%. Possibility of 2 to 4 inches of new snow accumulation.

Saturday: 30% chance of snow, especially before 1 p.m. Partly cloudy and cool, with a high near 20 degrees. Winds are northwesterly, 10 to 15 knots, with gusts reaching speeds of up to 20 knots.

Saturday night: 20% chance of snow before 10 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 0 degrees.

SundayThe weather is sunny and cold most of the time, and the maximum temperature is close to 19 degrees.

Sunday nightPartly cloudy, with the minimum temperature around 11 degrees.

A winter storm warning will be in effect from 10 p.m. Thursday until 7 a.m. Saturday in South Bend.

Thursday a night: Expect some snow, especially after 8 p.m., and the temperature will be around 16 degrees. North winds about 5 mph. The probability of rain is 100%. The potential for new snow accumulation ranges from 1 to 3 inches.

Friday: Possibility of snowfall, especially after one o’clock in the afternoon. Cloudy, with a high near 21 degrees. Northerly winds 5 to 10 knots. The probability of rain is 70%. Possibility of snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches.

Friday night: Possibility of snow. Partly cloudy, with a low around 8 degrees. Winds are northwesterly, at a speed of about 5 knots per hour, becoming calm after midnight. The probability of rain is 70%. Possibility of 2 to 4 inches of new snow accumulation.

Saturday: 30% chance of snow, especially before 1 p.m. Partly cloudy and cool, with a high near 20 degrees. Winds are northwesterly, 10 to 15 knots, with gusts reaching speeds of up to 20 knots.

Saturday night: 20% chance of snow before 10 p.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 0 degrees.

SundayThe weather is sunny and cold most of the time, and the maximum temperature is close to 19 degrees.

Sunday nightPartly cloudy, with the minimum temperature around 11 degrees.

Weather Safety Reminders: Pack your winter gear

While the severity of the storm is unknown, it is important to make sure you are prepared. Meteorologist Greg Mello recommends having a preparedness kit in your car and home and ready if you need to go out.

“Make sure you have any type of preparedness gear you need in your home to stay warm, and if you have to go out to make sure you’re prepared,” Milo said.

The NWS has a winter preparedness checklist on its website with recommendations on what to include in your kits if you need them.

How to stay warm when the power goes out

If you lose power during cold weather, the NWS shared some tips on how to stay warm without power.

  • Wear layers of loose, light, warm clothing as well as hats, gloves, and blankets.
  • Close the curtains or blinds to retain some heat.
  • Close rooms to avoid wasting heat.
  • Place towels or rags in the crevices at the bottom of doors.
  • Practice portable generator safety: Use them outdoors, at least 20 feet from doors/windows/garages to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Follow instructions for proper use.
  • Once your family is safe, check on your neighbors and vulnerable people to make sure they are okay.

Pack your bags if you have to go out. Frostbite and hypothermia are possible.

In a tweet shared Saturday afternoon, the NWS warns of the risks of frostbite and hypothermia and reminds residents to make sure all skin is covered when heading outside this weekend, with as many layers as possible.

What do you know about frostbite?

“Frostbite can occur in minutes, especially on extremities such as fingers, toes, nose and ears, but it can affect any exposed area of ​​skin,” the NWS website said.

Redness or pain in any skin area may be the first sign of frostbite, according to the CDC.

Other signs include:

  • The skin area is white or gray-yellow
  • Skin that feels unusually hard or waxy
  • numbness

If you suspect frostbite, immediately move to a warm place and begin warming the affected areas using warm water or body heat, but do not use hot water or radiant heat such as a heater. Affected areas can be easily burned.

Seek medical care in case of severe frostbite.

What do you know about hypothermia?

“When your body temperature drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit, you experience hypothermia, a serious health risk that occurs when your body temperature drops too low,” the NWS said.

If you are trying to help someone who may be suffering from hypothermia, call an ambulance first because they need immediate medical attention.

If you can move them to a warmer location, do so. Then lie down close to the person and cover both of you with thick blankets. The hotter you are, the more warmth you can give the other person.

It is important to start by warming the middle of the body first. Do not rub or handle the person roughly. If the person is unconscious, perform CPR.

Tips to prevent hypothermia:

  • Layered clothing.
  • Wrap up well when out in the cold.
  • Avoid breezes and drafts indoors.
  • Eat nutritious foods and wear warm clothes to ward off the winter cold.
  • Wear a warm hat in winter.
  • Eat hot foods and drink warm drinks several times during the day.
  • If you live alone, ask a family member or neighbor to check on you daily or install a camera that a family member can watch on their computer.
  • Ask your doctor if any medication you take increases your risk of hypothermia. Drugs that may cause a problem include barbiturates, benzodiazepines, chlorpromazine, reserpine, and tricyclic antidepressants.

“If your temperature is 95 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, you feel cold and lethargic, or you are having trouble thinking clearly, see a doctor immediately or go to the nearest emergency room,” the NWS said. “It is better to be overly cautious than to die from a disorder that should not be fatal.”

You can check the “During very cold weather” page for more information.

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Katie Weisman is a breaking and trending news intern at IndyStar. Contact her at klwiseman@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter @itskatiewiseman.

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