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Yellow travel advisory in effect for Marion County at 10 p.m.; city to operate on 2-hour delay

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INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 6, 2015) – As central Indiana deals with snow and extreme cold, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said a yellow travel advisory will go into effect at 10 p.m. Tuesday and remain in effect until necessary.

During a news conference Tuesday afternoon at the Regional Operations Center, Ballard said he was concerned about the extremely cold weather set to grip the city. Dangerously low temperatures and wind chills are expected. He said Indy Snow Force will remain on full alert to keep roads clear.

Ballard said the city would operate on a two-hour delay both Wednesday and Thursday to give employees extra travel time. The move affects city and county government offices; Ballard said schools and businesses would make their own determination. Wednesday trash collection will be suspended, and the Department of Public Works will evaluate conditions and determine when it’s safe to resume trash pickup.

He urged Indianapolis residents to check on elderly neighbors. He told reporters that frostbite can set in within 10 minutes of exposure and expressed concerns about leaving children out in the cold. He said he didn’t want to see kids standing at bus stops for too long as temperatures plunge.

Ballard asked that pet owners bring their pets indoors and make sure they have access to non-frozen water.

Warming centers will be on standby and will open if conditions merit, Ballard said.

We’ll have more at 5, 6 and 11 on CBS4 News.

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