In total, 15 or 5 inches of snow would fall on Indianapolis, which combined with the snow that was already on the ground, would bury the city under 20 inches of snow. In other areas, up to 3 feet of snow fell. Howling winds would push drifts up to 20 to 25 feet. In Indiana, on the second day, half an hour after the front passed through the area, Indianapolis International Airport closed due to a lack of electricity.
Classes at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and Notre Dame University in Notre Dame, Indiana, were canceled for the first time in the history of those universities; at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana (where 25 inches of snow fell) for the third time in their history; and, at the University of Miami in Oxford, Ohio, for the first time since the assassination of President John F. Larry Mayer, in Plymouth, Indiana. In 1978, in late January, he lived in the south of the city, in Milford, Indiana. The governor declared a snow emergency for the entire state on the morning of the 26th and, by that afternoon, the Indiana State Police considered that all roads in Indiana were closed.