Rob live blogs the winter storm

We now rank as the 2nd snowiest winter (so far)!

Meteorologist Rob Lydick posts the latest information on the winter blast.

12:30 p.m.: After live blogging for 9 hours through the thick of the storm and thereafter, I’m gonna wrap things up on here. Thanks for tuning into our team coverage this morning! Be careful on the roadways today and watch out for blowing/drifting snow. Chief Meteorologist Nicholas Ferreri will be back on NewsChannel 15 tonight at 5, 6, and 11p with all the latest snow totals and updates. We’ll also be keeping up-to-date with information, pictures, and useful links. Again, thanks for tuning in and watching the Live Doppler 15 Fury Weather Team enjoy this gift of snow for National Weatherperson’s Day 🙂

12:29 p.m.: Jesse Hawila showing some sun mixing in with the clouds during his last live report. Interstates near Fort Wayne were just looking wet right now.

12:24 p.m.: Some folks are capitalizing on all the snow and going snowshoeing! I went snowshoeing in Maine and had a blast!

12:12 p.m.: Pictures of deep snow and untreated roads coming in from Angola. Be careful!

12:08 p.m.: Reports now of 9.6″ of snow in Monroeville, 10″ in Auburn, and 9.5″ in Grover Hill.

12:02 p.m.: Meteorologist Jesse Hawila out with a live report on the road conditions. Some cars are completely buried! Watch out on those side streets.

11:58 a.m.: Still have several counties under travel watches/warnings. Allen County is still under a Travel Advisory. All the latest can be found here.

11:52 a.m.: Another decent burst of snow moving into LaGrange and Noble counties this hour. Reduced visibility likely for the next 30-45 minutes.

11:44 a.m.: Getting ready for more team coverage! Tune into NewChannel 15’s News at Noon for all the latest – Greg has your full forecast & will let you know if more snow is on the way, Jesse will be back out on the roads with a travel update, and I’ll be sharing some links and photos posted online.

11:30 a.m.: If you’re driving today, remember to clear ALL of the snow off of your car. It makes it really difficult for the people behind you to see if snow is blowing on them. Additionally, an ice chunk that flies off the roof of you car could cause serious damage to another car (or pedestrian).

11:26 a.m.: I LOVE seeing pictures of family pets (mostly dogs) playing in the snow! Thanks for sending those in!

11:15 a.m.: Another round of reports – 4.4″ in Paulding, 9″ in Metz, and 5″ in Auburn.

11:08 a.m.: Still getting lower snowfall reports to the north of The Fort. 6.2″ in Hudson, 4.1″ in Butler, and 4.1″ in LaGrange.

11:04 a.m.: Some folks are already asking about the potential a storm this weekend. While there are still some uncertainties with the forecast, I can say that this weekend’s storm is looking much less robust than this one. The forecast models have been indicating that the system this weekend may be more moisture-starved and have been backing off on snow totals in a significant way.

11:01 a.m.: Still more snow reports coming in. 9″ just reported in Huntertown.

10:54 a.m.: 7″ of snow reported in Bluffton.

10:46 a.m.: Lesser snow totals reported to the north of Fort Wayne. Reports of 5.4″ in Angola.

10:43 a.m.: Snow report of 7″ in Marion. You can send us your snow totals on Facebook or on Twitter at @wanewx.

10:39 a.m.: Some of our Facebook viewers showing pictures of snow measurements in Columbia City – 10″ with drifts up to the hoods of cars in some places!

10:33 a.m.: It’s a snow day for many throughout the area! You can check to see what schools & businesses are closed here.

10:23 a.m.: Seeing some pictures of deep snow drifts near Huntertown. Winds are now coming from the southwest at 14 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph are possible – keeping the potential for blowing/drifting snow into this evening.

10:13 a.m.: Check out some of the great photos we’ve been getting this morning here.

10:09 a.m.: Snow is tapering off in Fort Wayne this hour. Still snowing to the north of the Fort. Check out our interactive radar for all the latest.

10:03 a.m.: Getting some great photos in of kids, pets, and families enjoying the snow day today! If you haven’t shared any photos yet, you can send those in to

9:50 a.m.: Winter Storm Warning remains in effect through 4pm today.

9:40 a.m.: 9″ of snow reported in Pennville. Watch out for lots of blowing/drifting snow today.

9:32 a.m.: 8″ of snow reported in Hartford City. Our forecast of 6-10″ looks to verify across the area.

9:28 a.m.: Wow! 12″ of snow reported Warsaw!

9:26 a.m.: A bit of good news – only 43 days until spring!

9:16 a.m.: All counties in our viewing area, with the exception of Allen County, are under a Travel Watch or Warning. Allen County remains under a Travel Advisory.

9:10 a.m.: Snow reports – 7.5″ in Van Wert, 4.4″ near Hudson

9:09 a.m.: LaGrange County is now under a Travel Watch. All the latest Watches/Warnings here.

9:02 a.m.: One of the biggest tips if you must head out today – SLOW DOWN! We’ve seen several photos/video of people who are stuck along the side of the road or have slid off entirely.

8:54 a.m.: 10″ of snow reported in Claypool – that’s the highest snow total I’ve seen so far this morning!

8:51 a.m.: Still some moderate snow across the northern half of the viewing area right now. Visibility still reduced to less than 1/2 a mile at times.

8:43 a.m.: Reports of 8.5″ of snow in Whitley County – that matches up with a bunch of the snow reports we’re getting in this morning.

8:41 a.m.: Steuben County is now under a Travel Watch.

8:35 a.m.: 9.9″ of snow just reported near North Webster! Let us know on Twitter how much snow you’ve picked up in your area: @GregShoup @roblydick @wanewx

8:25 a.m.: Meteorologist Jesse Hawila is live right now. Seeing cars stuck & spinning on the roadways. Be careful if you must head out!

8:20 a.m.: Snow will become more scattered later today, followed by temps dipping down to near 0° tonight. Check out Greg’s full forecast for more.

8:18 a.m.: Latest snow report from Columbia City – 8.3″.

8:08 a.m.: Temperatures are still hovering around 20° – snow is fluffy and will easily blow/drift around today.

8:05 a.m.: 8.5″ of snow reported near Foster Park.

7:59 a.m.: Jay County is now under a Travel Watch.

7:53 a.m.: Latest radar shows a break in the action in Jay & Blackford Counties right now. We’ll see snow becoming more scattered later this morning. Check out the interactive radar here.

7:48 a.m.: Travel update – Kosciusko County is now under a Travel Warning. Travel is restricted to emergency personnel only in Kosciusko, Grant, & Adams Counties. More links to travel updates can be found here.

7:40 a.m.: Snow reports of 8″ in Bippus.

7:34 a.m.: Noble County is now under a Travel Watch.

7:30 a.m.: Huntington now reporting 6.1″ of snow.

7:24 a.m.: With 8.5″ of snow reported so far in Fort Wayne, that brings our Winter Season snowfall total to 51.1″. We currently rank as the second snowiest winter ever – records began back in 1897! Stats from the National Weather Service can be found here.

7:17 a.m.: Fort Wayne Airport just officially reported 8.5″ of snow so far.

7:14 a.m.: 7.5″ of snow just reported in Columbia City.

7:09 a.m.: Reports & pictures of 106 in Angola. Roads are snow-covered with lots of drifting.

7:00 a.m.: Over a dozen slide-offs reported in Williams County, OH. Many other reports of stuck cars this morning.

6:54 a.m.: Travel update – Paulding, Defiance, & Williams Counties all under a Level 2 Snow Emergency – only essential travel. Van Wert County is considering a Level 3 Snow Emergency – which would limit travel to emergency workers only.

6:49 a.m.: Republic Services will not be having trash/recycling/disposal service today due to the snow.

6:48 a.m.: Just getting report of 6.5″ of snow in Marion.

6:42 a.m.: As Rod Hissong & Jesse Hawila have been reporting this morning, road conditions have worsened over the past few hours. Road crews are having difficulty keeping up with the heavy snow. Blowing/drifting snow is also a big problem.

6:39 a.m.: DeKalb County is now under a Travel Watch.

6:37 a.m.: Reports of “whiteout” conditions and less than 1/4 mile visibility near Columbia City.

6:36 a.m.: FWCS are all closed today – SNOW DAY! All the latest closings/delays here.

6:29 a.m.: Reports of 6″ of snow in Van Wert, at least another 2″ on my car at the WANE Studios. Fort Wayne probably sitting at 6-7″ right now.

6:25 a.m.: You can check out your latest video forecast here.

6:20 a.m.: 5″ of snow reported in Whitley County with “whiteout” conditions.

6:12 a.m.: Interestingly enough, today is National Weatherperson’s Day. We’re celebrating with team coverage!

6:08 a.m.: Travel update – Williams County in Ohio is now under a Level 2 Advisory. Level 2 Travel Advisory also for Defiance & Paulding counties. Still no word from Van Wert just yet.

6:02 a.m.: Allen County now under a Travel Advisory. Adams County has upgraded to a Travel Warning – meaning travel is restricted to emergency personnel only. Details here.

5:58 a.m.: Send your pictures to us on Facebook and Twitter – you could see them on air this morning!

5:57 a.m.: Reports of 4-5″ of snow & lots of drifting from a viewer in Columbia City. Another viewer said roads in Albion are treacherous.

5:51 a.m.: More counties issuing a Travel Watch now. Today is definitely a day to limit your travel if you can.

5:48 a.m.: Reports of at least 6″ of snow near Tunker, 3″ near Aboite. Some reports of people stuck in the snow in Decatur and portions of DeKalb County.

5:41 a.m.: The Storm Prediction Center has issued a discussion for heavy snowfall rates of 1″/hr or higher this morning from Fort Wayne north & east. You can check out that text here.

5:35 a.m.: Reports of 2-3 ft snow drifts on Tillman Road. Several other reports of drifts knee-deep in other parts of our area.

5:30a.m.: Grant County now under a Travel Warning – travel restricted to emergency personnel only.

5:24 a.m.: Snow coming down at a pretty moderate rate right now in Fort Wayne. Overnight Reporter Rod Hissong’s hat quickly turned white during his last report.

5:22 a.m.: Ohio travel update – Level 1 Snow Emergency for Defiance, Level 2 in Paulding, nothing so far for Williams & Van Wert counties.

5:19 a.m.: Travel update – Steuben, LaGrange, Blackford, & Wells counties are under a Travel Advisory. Kosicusko, Wabash, Whitley, Wabash, Huntington, Grant, & Adams counties under a Travel Watch. Details here.

5:16 a.m.: Lots of questions about DeKalb County travel advisories this morning. So far, nothing issued. But, with reports of nasty roads, that may change. We’ll keep you posted with all the latest travel advisories & closings/delays.

5:13 a.m: Send us your weather photos. 

5:09 a.m.: Getting more reports in from viewers. 9-10″ in Ohio City, 5-7″ in Portland. Not getting exact measurements this morning because of the blowing/drifting snow.

5:04 a.m.: From our live reports out in the field, you can see that visibility is reduced, less than 1/4 of a mile in Fort Wayne. Snowfall rates of 1-1.5″ per hour falling in some of the intense banding this morning.

4:58 a.m.: Some snow reports coming in from our Facebook fans. Most folks saying 4-5″ in Auburn, SW Fort Wayne, and on the south side of Huntington.

4:52 a.m.: Meteorologist Jesse Hawila reporting that I-69 not in great shape. Many roads are down to one lane. Emphasis on SLOWING DOWN!

4:45 a.m.: Reports of 1″ of snow in LaGrange so far. Snow intensity is picking up this hour though, so we’re not done!

4:41 a.m.: Lots of school and business closings this morning. Check out the full list here.

4:35 a.m.: Meteorologist Jesse Hawila now live on some area roads in Fort Wayne. He says main roads are passable but snow-packed and slick. Some side streets have not been touched.

4:31 a.m.: Winds right now blowing out of the northeast around 20 mph – blowing/drifting will be a problem all day today.

4:28 a.m.: Hope you’ll join us on NewsChannel 15 for team coverage starting at 4:30a!

4:14 a.m.: How much snow are you seeing in your area? You can tweet me live reports at: @roblydick or @wanewx

4:07 a.m.: No travel advisories for Allen County right now, but Adams, Grant, Kosciusko, Huntington, & Wabash are under a Travel Watch – meaning to limit yourself to essential travel only in these areas. Full list of advisories here.

3:59 a.m.: Check out the latest forecast updates, including your video forecast, here.

3:55 a.m.: Snow was falling at a rate of 1-2″ per hour last night, reducing visibility. Some reports of near 0 visibility at times.

3:48 a.m.: Temperatures throughout the area are hovering a few degrees either side of 20° right now. It’s a fluffy snow – easy to blow/drift around.

3:44 a.m.: A Winter Storm Warning continues for our entire area through this afternoon for 6-10″ of snow, poor visibility, blowing/drifting snow, and treacherous travel.

3:37 a.m.: Latest snow reports of 2.6″ in North Webster, 3.9″ in Fort Wayne, and 5″ in Columbia City. How much snow are you seeing in your area this morning?

3:31 a.m.: We’ll have team coverage on the winter blast starting early this morning on NewsChannel 15. Tune in starting at 4:30am!

Send us your weather photos. 

3:30 a.m.: Good morning! The roads are snow-covered in Fort Wayne with poor visibility & blowing/drifting snow continuing to be a problem. I’ll be posting LIVE updates on here all morning long.

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