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Winter blitz affects truck dealer

Jason Cannon January 5, 2014

A cold snap that has impacted much of the U.S. has prompted Indianapolis-based Stoops Freightliner to alter its hours of business.

Due to the severe arctic weather conditions, the Stoops Freightliner-Quality Trailer Indianapolis facility will be closed until at least 3 p.m. Monday. Its Ft. Wayne facility will be closed at least until 6 p.m. Monday.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard raised the city’s travel warning to red late Sunday night, making it illegal to be on the road except for emergencies or seeking shelter.

Nearly 30,000 power customers in and around Indianapolis lost power Sunday, prompting Ballard to ask businesses and schools to close Monday after a winter storm dumped snow for hours across Indiana.

Temperatures plummeted as low as 15 degrees below zero Sunday as upwards of a foot or more of snow socked the area. Wind chills were expected to hit the -30 to -40 degree range.

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