That means you should not be out on the roads unless you are an emergency management worker.
If you are in a dire circumstance (but not a 911 emergency) that makes you believe you need to travel, Monroe County’s emergency management office advises contacting the Indiana State Police or the Monroe County sheriff’s office (812-349-2780).
The National Weather Service has a winter storm warning in place through 1 a.m. on Friday.
[Added at 3 p.m. on Feb. 3, 2022. This just in from from the Monroe County emergency management text alert system: “Due to severe weather and extremely cold temperatures, Monroe County offices will be closed tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 4, 2022. This includes the courts and prosecutor’s offices. The “red” level travel warning status will remain in effect through the day tomorrow, Feb 4, 2022 until reassessed. This means individuals are directed to refrain from travel as it is unsafe to drive in.”]
[Added 7:04 p.m. on Feb. 3, 2022. City of Bloomington offices will be closed on Friday, Feb. 4, according to the mayor’s office. ]
The total daytime snow accumulation could be from 3 to 7 inches. The NWS forecast for the Bloomington area calls for patchy blowing snow after 1 p.m. with temperatures falling from the current 27 F degrees to around 23 F.
Winds will be out of the north and northeast blowing around 16 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. Chance of precipitation through the day is 100 percent, according to the forecast.
[Updated at 5:34 p.m. on Feb. 15, 2021] Monroe County’s emergency management director Allison Moore has issued a statement announcing that the county is now under a travel warning due to the snowy weather conditions.
A warning means that travel is can be restricted to emergency workers only, according to the announcement. During a warning, people are directed to:
(A) refrain from all travel; (B) comply with necessary emergency measures; (C) cooperate with public officials and disaster services forces in executing emergency operations plans; and (D) obey and comply with the lawful directions of properly identified officers.
If your garbage is normally collected by the city of Bloomington on Tuesdays, that schedule will slip on Feb. 16 by at least a day, to Wednesday, Feb. 17, according to a news release from the city.