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Early spring snowstorm breaks records in Indiana

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 25, 2013 at 4:00 pm •  Published: March 25, 2013

The Indiana Department of Transportation's Greenfield District east of Indianapolis said it had 175 snowplows on duty Sunday night, and more crews reported at midnight. Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard gave nonessential city employees the morning off and told them not to report to work until 1 p.m. to help reduce traffic, but other drivers were on the roads, which remained slick.

Some schools were closed Monday and other events near Indianapolis postponed. Acclaimed poet and author Maya Angelou postponed an appearance at Butler University because of the storm. She was scheduled to speak on campus Tuesday as part of a university lecture series.

By lunchtime on Monday, the snow had diminished in the western part of the state, National Weather Service meteorologist Michael Koch said. He said the counties just north of I-70 felt the brunt of the storm, while the extreme northern and southern portions of the state got away with a dusting or a couple of inches.

Ashley James, who grew up in California, said she was used to spending her free time outdoors in March. Instead, the 27-year-old employee relations coordinator had to bundle up and force herself to leave the house and face the cold temperatures that are stretching into spring.

The latest significant snowfall on record in Indianapolis was 5 inches on April 9, 1897, National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Ryan said. The previous record for March 24 was set in 1912, when Indianapolis got about 6 inches of snow.

James, who has lived in Indiana since 2003, said she's still not used to this weather.

"I'm over this weather," she said. "It's spring already. It's the end of March. Where's the sun? Where's the flowers?"


Associated Press reporter Pamela Engel contributed to this story.