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Icy roads in S. Indiana make driving hazardous

– A late winter storm dumped more than 9 inches of snow in Indiana near Lake Michigan and left a glaze of snow and ice on other roads that made driving treacherous in places, authorities said.

Fourteen counties in northwestern and southern Indiana posted travel watches Sunday recommending only essential travel. They included Bartholomew County, where an Indiana State Police trooper was injured investigating a crash on Interstate 65 about 30 miles south of Indianapolis that was believed to be weather-related, Sgt. Noel Houze said.

Westbound lanes of Interstate 64 near Evansville were temporarily blocked Sunday morning after a semitrailer rolled over on slick pavement, Sgt. Todd Ringle said.

“Things are improving down here,” Ringle said Sunday afternoon.

The National Weather Service said a winter weather warning for the southern half of Indiana remained in effect Sunday evening. It canceled a warning just north of Indianapolis and a weather advisory for most of northern Indiana.

The storm left behind 9.3 inches of snow at Indiana Dunes State Park along Lake Michigan in Porter County, the weather service said, and Fort Wayne received a record snowfall for the date of 4 inches.

Generally, however, the storm produced less snow and ice in Indiana than had been forecast, prompting hundreds of churches across the state to cancel Sunday services. About 4 inches of snow also fell in Peru and Huntington, about 3.5 inches in Lafayette and 2 inches in Indianapolis’ northern suburbs. Indianapolis received 1.7 inches before light snow resumed Sunday afternoon.

Despite sleet and freezing rain in southern Indiana, the only power outage Sunday was reported by Vectren east of Evansville and affecting 67 customers. Duke Energy earlier reported several similar minor outages in southern Indiana.

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