Thin layer of ice makes morning commute difficult

This car lost control on Coventry Lane and ended up off the road, hitting a utility box.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A very thin layer of ice on many surfaces this morning is creating difficult travel conditions across parts of the NewsChannel 15 viewing area.

This car lost control on Coventry Lane and ended up off the road, hitting a utility box.
This car lost control on Coventry Lane and ended up off the road, hitting a utility box.

Ice began forming on surfaces around 5 a.m. and has made roads in many areas treacherous. Before 9 a.m., one car driving south on Coventry Lane lost control and ended up off the road, hitting a utility box.

“The mid-level of the atmosphere is still warm while freezing temperatures are near the ground,” said NewsChannel 15 First News Meteorologist Greg Shoup. “That creates rain which, of course, freezes on contact and we have ice on roads and sidewalks.”

Freezing rain and light snow are expected across the are today with temperatures in the middle-30’s.

School delays for districts in northeast Indiana starting popping up around 5:30 a.m. Most districts are on a 2-hour delay and transportation officials will reevaluate roads later this morning to determine if road conditions improve.

Several minor accidents were reported across Allen County as of 6 a.m.

Salt trucks were making efforts to hit the worst areas this morning.

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