A blizzard warning has been extended to include Indianapolis and the National Weather Service says the city could receive nearly a foot of snow.
Meteorologist John Kwiatkowski says the weather service is predicting up to 11.5 inches of snow to fall in the Indianapolis area by Wednesday evening.
Mayor Greg Ballard ordered all but essential city services such as police and firefighters to shut down for the day. His spokesman, Marc Lotter, says the city will have 118 snowplows patrolling the streets.
Capt. Dave Bursten says state police will have about 20 cruisers on patrol in the Indianapolis area and troopers will be working double shifts.
The weather service says the storm could be the biggest to hit Indianapolis in four years.