Bitter cold today in our area; Travel watch remains in effect

Correction: An earlier version of this story mischaracterized the current travel status. That information has been corrected below.

Our area is under a Wind Chill Advisory from the National Weather Service.

Forecasters say the wind chill could hit 20 below. That’s cold enough to cause frostbite to exposed skin in about 30 minutes.

The Wind Chill Advisory is in effect until noon.

Bartholomew County, along with Brown, Decatur, Jackson and Jennings counties,  remains under a Travel Watch this morning.  A Travel Watch means that conditions are threatening to public safety, according to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. Only essential travel is recommended, such as driving to work or for an emergency.

Emergency action plans should be put in place by schools, businesses, government agencies and other organizations.

Johnson and Shelby counties are under a Travel Advisory.