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Polar vortex brings dangerous temperatures, hazardous roads to Terre Haute

A mass of arctic air moved in behind winter storm Ion last night. The polar vortex made travel difficult throughout the Wabash Valley Monday. Many local schools, government offices and businesses closed Monday as a result. Sub-zero temperatures and high winds resulted in icy roads. Dangerous road conditions prompted many Indiana counties to extend travel advisories. Most Terre Haute residents chose to stay indoors.

Winter Coats being collected for a charity dirve
Winter Coats being collected for a charity dirve
Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The cold prevented many residents from shoveling their sidewalks. The residents who chose to go out dressed in layers, and they stayed outside for short periods of time. Wind chills exceeded 30 degrees below zero Fahrenheit.

Terre Haute plows spread salt and sand over the city's major roads. The THPD and the Vigo County Sheriff's Department asked drivers to stay inside unless they needed to travel. Motorists who risked driving in non-emergency situations faced fines if they were caught. The emergency vehicles included repair trucks sent out by utility companies. Duke Energy Employees continued to restore power to homes in Terre Haute and the outlying areas throughout the evening. Some residential areas are still without power.

Cold weather will linger over the valley for the next several days, but the area will experience a slow warming trend. The next chance for snow comes on Wednesday. Temperatures will reach above the freezing mark by the weekend.