UPDATE: All winter alerts in the region have expired. Travel alerts still remain in place.
UPDATE: As of 11:48 PM Delaware, Madison, Jay, Blackford, Grant, and Henry counties remain under a travel advisory. Persons in areas under a travel advisory are urged to take caution while on the roadways as some areas may still be slick.
Muncie, IN -- Winter weather is once again impacting the Ball State region, and much of central Indiana. An Ice Storm Warning has been issued for Madison, Delaware, Randolph, and Henry counties until 7 am Monday morning. Ice accumulations around a quarter of an inch are expected with this system. Travel conditions are expected to deteriorate this evening with roads becoming slick under freezing rain and sleet. Snow is also expected to fall with this system, however accumulations in Muncie should be small, ranging between one half to one and a half inches. Our models are predicting more snow than ice, however the model consensus leans more toward higher ice accumulations, which would reduce the total snowfall from this system. By tomorrow morning the freezing rain/sleet will transition to all snow and a winter weather advisory will remain in place from 7 am until 1 pm Monday.
For counties to the north, including Blackford, Grant, and Jay, you are under a winter weather advisory tonight, lasting through noon Monday. Ice accumulation should be less for this region, likely staying around a tenth of an inch, but higher snow totals are expected. Expect two to four inches of snow to be on the ground by late Monday.
Travel is discouraged across the region this evening as conditions become slippery. It is advised to only travel if you need to and to do so cautiously. Be prepared with a flashlight and blanket as cars may become stranded in slick conditions. Isolated power outages are also a concern tonight, as ice tends to accumulate on power lines. Please continue to check back here and on Twitter @NLIWeather for more updates.