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Polar vortex responsible for Indiana road closures

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The polar vortex fueled sub zero temperatures and ice and snow covered road surfaces have led to some major highways to be closed in Indiana. I-65 is closed from Lafayette to Merrillville. WTHR TV reports that it will be several hours before this stretch of interstate will be reopened for traffic.

I-65 is also closed south of Indianapolis. A stretch of this heavily traveled interstate is currently closed form the Taylorsville exit to the Whiteland exit south of Greenwood. Traffic on west bound I-70 west of the I-465 loop was also closed for several hours this morning.

Truck traffic is at a standstill. Reports indicate that all of the truck stops are filled with rigs waiting for the roads to open. Scores of trucks are parked along the interstates and on ramps as there are no designated parking areas available.

Temperatures in Central Indiana will rise above zero this afternoon and reach 5 degrees. Tonight the low will only be 3 degrees. Relief is in sight, however. The weekend will see temperatures above 40.

As of this report the temperature is minus 13 degrees in Indy. Local forecasters are announcing that the temperature in Indy is colder than Anchorage, Alaska.

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