Winter storm blog: 20-plus flights canceled out of Indianapolis for Thursday – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Here’s the latest from News 8 on the winter storm.

2:08 pm Thursday

Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) has canceled all athletic events for Thursday and Friday, according to a release.

1:48 p.m

According to FlightAware, Indianapolis International Airport has delayed 31 flights for Thursday and canceled 26. The airport has canceled 10 flights scheduled for Friday.

1:46 p.m

The Indianapolis Zoo says they will be closing at 5 pm on Thursday. All animals will remain indoors.

1:42 p.m

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1:11 p.m

Storm Track 8 Meteorologist Tara Hastings gives an update on winter storm on Facebook Live.

1:02 p.m

News 8’s Garrett Bergquist reports on INDOT yellow trucks as they prepare to head toward roadways on Facebook Live.

12:25 p.m

The Carmel Christkindlmarkt will close early at 3:30 pm on Thursday and remain closed Friday. The Market is expected to be open again on Saturday. Check closings and delays on

12:18 p.m

Richmond will be offering a warming station beginning at 8 pm Thursday and remain open until Monday. Located at the Richmond Municipal Building, 50 N 5th Street.

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11:30 a.m

Ivy Tech says they will be operating virtually on Friday. Students are recommended to stay up to date on IvyAlerts for a possible campus closure on Thursday.

11:24 am

The Merry Prairie Holiday Festival at Conner Prairie is canceled for Thursday. Ticketholders may email to get their purchase reimbursed toward another event.

11:21 am

The Marion County Clerk’s Office says they will only accept remote bond payments after 4 pm Thursday. In-person payments will be available again on Saturday.

11:15 am

Hamilton County’s non-essential government buildings will be closed Friday.

11:10 am

Wheeler Mission is in need of donations for the homeless during the winter months. They will accept the following:

  • Quilts and blankets
  • Coats
  • Boots
  • Undergarments
  • Food items
  • Monetary donations

Non-food items are welcome at any of their donation barns. Food donations will be accepted at 245 N. Delaware Street everyday from 8 am to 11 pm

10:18 am

IU South Bend says they will be in a “state of limited operations” beginning at noon on Thursday. Necessary staff will work as scheduled.

9:30 am

Newfield’s Winter lights exhibit will be closed Thursday and Friday. The entire Newfields location will be closed on Friday. For questions regarding tickets, visit

9:18 pm Wednesday

8:31 p.m

The National Weather Service gives an update on Facebook Live.

7:45 p.m

Hendricks County says its government buildings will be closed Friday. Check closings and delays on

7:26 p.m

Storm Track 8 Chief Meteorologist Ashley Brown gives an update on Facebook Live.

7:11 p.m

Noblesville’s Holidays at the Hills Ice Plaza will be closed Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The ice skating rink will also be closed Sunday for Christmas. The Parks Department plans to reopen on Monday with the extended hours from 11 am to 9 pm

Republic Services in Noblesville will not pick up trash and recyclables on Friday and Saturday. Republic Services plans to pick up Friday’s routes on Monday. All residents should put their bins out Monday through Dec. 30 on their normal day; however, due to the added routes on Monday, trash collection may not happen that day and could be picked up the following day. For questions or concerns regarding trash or recycling collection, contact Republic Services’ Noblesville-specific call center at (317) 567-6400.

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5:53 p.m

Indiana’s State Emergency Operations Center will be activated beginning at 7 am Thursday. Also, Gov. Eric J. Holcomb has activated nearly 150 personnel from the Indiana National Guard to serve as highway assistance teams, which will be strategically positioned across the northern third of the state to help motorists if needed.

5:20 p.m

5:13 p.m

Indianapolis Department of Public Works will have two shifts starting at 11 am Thursday with more than 100 crew members deploying 76 snowplows. Public Works plans to extend those crews through Monday in anticipation of the Monday Night Football.

Also, Public Works is suspending Friday service for trash pickup; Friday customers will have double trash pickup on Dec. 30. Watch the news conference on the WISH-TV Facebook page.

5:10 p.m

The travel status for Clinton County is “advisory.” The lowest level of local travel advisory means that routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas due to a hazardous situation, and individuals should use caution or avoid those areas. Check the travel advisory map.

5:09 p.m

Indy Parks says three facilities will have “extended hours” for warming centers. Washington Park Family Center will be open from 8 pm Friday to 8 am Sunday. Garfield Park Burrello and Thatcher Park family centers will be open from 8 am-8 pm Friday and 8 am to 2 pm Saturday. At Washington Park Family Center, cots and basic supplies will be available to people who stay overnight. Watch the news conference on the WISH-TV Facebook page.

5:07 p.m

A representative of the National Weather Service says to expect 2-3 inches of snow in the Indianapolis metro area from the upcoming winter storm, but, more importantly, windchill dangers could last up to 12 hours with the storm system. Watch the news conference on the WISH-TV Facebook page.

5:02 p.m

News 8 at 5 pm airs a news conference from Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and other people on the winter storm. Watch the news conference on the WISH-TV Facebook page.

4:51 p.m

Frankfort’s Festival of Lights will be closed Thursday, the city’s parks superintendent says.

4:05 p.m

Indiana Department of Transportation will be on full call in most locations with nearly 1,000 trucks treating and plowing highways across the state by Thursday afternoon through the weekend. Trucks will remain out in full force for the duration of the storm and afterwards to continue cleanup efforts.

4:01 p.m

3:31 p.m

Monroe County Emergency Management announces it’ll open warming centers from Friday through Monday in Bloomington. Find details in this story on WISH-TV: Warming centers and overnight shelters open during severe weather

2:57 p.m

The Carmel Christkindlmarkt says it’ll be closed on Friday.

2:13 p.m

The travel status for Henry County is “advisory.” The lowest level of local travel advisory means that routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas due to a hazardous situation, and individuals should use caution or avoid those areas. Check the travel advisory map.

6:01 am

The travel status for northern Hamilton County is “watch.” A “watch” means that conditions are threatening the safety of the public. During a “watch” local travel advisory, only essential travel, such as to and from work or in emergency situations, is recommended, and emergency action plans should be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies, and other organizations. Check the travel advisory map.

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