Crews tackle roads as winter weather mix hits area

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A winter weather mix is complicating travel in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio.

While temperatures Thursday felt more like late Spring, winter returned overnight with temperatures in the 20’s and freezing rain, sleet, and snow.

Around 3 a.m. freezing rain and sleet pushed into parts of northeast Indiana. By 7 a.m., most of Allen County saw freezing rain and sleet. Snow accumulations by the end of the day Friday could be between 1 and 3 inches.

Dozens of school districts either delayed or canceled for the day.

INDOT has deployed its full fleet of yellow trucks. Around 1,100 trucks statewide were expected to salt roads. Pre-treating of road surfaces was not possible due to rain which washes away the pre-treatment.

INDOT’s plow trucks manage 929 designated routes which take 2-3 hours to complete. Drivers and mechanics will work 12-hour shifts until they are no longer needed.

INDOT warns motorists to watch for icy roads, but particularly on on-and-off ramps, at intersections, bridges and shady areas where the sun doesn’t hit the road surface.

City of Fort Wayne and Allen County crews are also treating roads and monitoring conditions. A travel advisory put into place in Allen County at the beginning of the storm was eventually lifted around 2 p.m. Friday.

Indiana drivers can get statewide road condition information online at indot.carsprogram.org or by calling (800) 261-7623 or dialing 511 from a mobile phone.