"It was cold and dark. I got dressed and I was scared, thinking 'What am I going to do?' My cat knew something was wrong, he was jumping all over the place," Smith said. "I remember the blizzard of '78 — the snow was deep but it wasn't this cold and the lights stayed on. This is brutal cold."
Ann Gregson, a spokeswoman for the American Red Cross' Indianapolis region, said nearly 300 people had checked into the state's 16 Red Cross shelters.
State police said 41-year-old Christopher Hutchings of Richmond died Sunday in a crash at U.S. 40 and Indiana 3 in eastern Indiana's Henry County when his car slid on the snow-covered road into the path of a pickup truck.
Associated Press writers Tom LoBianco and Tom Davies in Indianapolis contributed to this report.