While the snow is making travel nearly impossible and interfering with power, the threat now is temperatures plummeting to dangerously low levels.
“This storm is a killer,” Ballard said. “In ten minutes you could be dead without the proper clothing.”
Ballard lifted the “red warning” to an “orange watch” at noon Monday, but asked that people still refrain from driving except in emergency situations.
He said main roads had mostly been plowed but many secondary and side streets had not.
Debbie Calder, a spokesperson for the Indiana Department of Transportation, said portions of I-65, I-70, U.S. 41, State Road 39, and S.R. 75 were intermittently closed, along with numerous smaller roads.
“This is a dangerous situation and all are advised to stay home until roadways can be safely cleared,” Calder said.
Weather experts say it should warm up slightly by Tuesday and quite a bit by Wednesday and Thursday, although more snow is predicated later in the week.