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Wind chills reaching 20 below in much of Indiana

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Temperatures have dropped to near zero or below throughout Indiana, with gusty winds that have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a wind chill advisory for the entire state.

Blowing is leading to whiteout conditions in many parts of Northern Indiana and Southwestern Michigan according to INDOT and MDOT.  There have been many slide-offs along with some more severe accidents.

Dozens of school districts across the state delayed the start of classes because of the cold temperatures. Some districts have canceled school for Thursday.

The weather service says the wind chills will remain 15 below or colder for much of the state through Friday morning.

We also contacted Hope Ministries and The Center for Homeless to see how they were coping in these Arctic Conditions. We spoke with John Brown, the Director of The Men's Center, and he says they are filling up quicker this year.

 Brown stated that when the thirty beds they have on hand for the guests are filled, he contacts the Center for Homeless to coordinate a bed for the remaining people who are not able to stay. Despite the beds filling up quicker than usual, he said they have not experienced supply shortages in terms of basic needs such as hats, gloves, and scarves.

Emily Sims, from the Center for Homeless, says that they are in great need of extra blankets and pillows this year; a need that they are hoping to fill as soon as possible. Like Hope Ministries, the Center for Homeless offers a warm place for guests to stay and basic clothing needs.

 Sims says that if they are not able to offer their guests a bed over night, they do let them come in for a few hours to warm up and take a break from Mother Nature.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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