Central Indiana snowstorm impacts basketball fans

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Light snow began falling on parts of Indiana on Sunday afternoon while the state braced for a storm that was forecast to leave behind as much as 6 inches of the white stuff.

The National Weather Service in Indianapolis reported on its website that light snow was falling by 5 p.m. EDT in Terre Haute, Lafayette and Indianapolis.

A winter storm warning remained in effect for central Indiana through noon Monday and for part of northern Indiana until 10 a.m. Monday.

The weather service predicted 6 to 10 inches of snow would fall by Monday morning south of a line from Greensburg to Sullivan in south central Indiana and 3 to 6 inches north of that line.

The Indiana Department of Transportation said its Greenfield District covering east central Indiana had 175 plow truck drivers on duty Sunday evening.

At Mendenhall True Value Hardware in Richmond, about 70 miles east of Indianapolis, shoppers looked for winter supplies but didn't always find them.

"I had one lady come in and buy a shovel because hers had broken," employee Wil Stoflet told the Palladium-Item. "Another lady came in looking for ice melter, but it's not our season for that. We're gearing up for gardening season."

Wayne County, where Richmond is located warned motorists to use extreme caution Sunday night and Monday because of the expected snowfall and reduced visibility. Many Indiana University basketball fans were expected to travel through the area after the Hoosiers' NCAA tournament victory Sunday in Dayton, Ohio.

Greene County west of Bloomington also issued a travel advisory.

The Indianapolis Division of Homeland Security said it would activate its emergency operations center Sunday night.

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