LIVE BLOG: Winter Weather Updates

A winter blast moves in, starting Friday Feb. 9th.

Friday:

8:26 AM – Reports indicate 2 inches of new snow on the northern side of Fort Wayne around Wallen Road. Southern areas of Allen Coounty near the airport reporting about 1 inch of new snow as of 7 am.

7:35 AM – Early reports have indicated around 3 inches of snow has fallen in Ligonier and 3 inches around Angola/Fremont.

Roads are snow covered and very slick. Be careful if you are trekking north on 169. Crews are plowing roads this AM.

7:19 AM – The city of Angola is enforcing a snow removal ordinance beginning at 8 am Friday. Residents should move their vehicles off the street to make way for snow plows.

Closing and delays are up to 81. Find more at: http://wane.com/closings/

Traffic Alert: Multiple two-vehicle crashes this morning: one at Coliseum and Sherman, another at U.S. 30 at U.S. 33 and a third at Washington Center and U.S. 33.

State road 37 is open.

6:48 AM – Rod Hissong notes we have received a couple of inches of snow near Hillegas. He advises leaving early if you plan to drive anywhere today. Drivers should use caution.

News Channel 15’s Alyssa Ivanson is on U.S. 30, heading east toward Columbia City. Ivanson says roads are very snow covered and patchy. Roads are plowed.

Chris Darby is up north on I-69, headed toward Fremont. With regard to road conditions, Darby says it’s hard to see where lanes begin and end. County roads are spotty and city streets remain untouched by INDOT trucks.

A total of 79 schools and businesses are either closed or delayed.

Traffic Alert: SR 37 remains closed due to a pole in the road. Multiple slide-offs at Airport Expressway and Bluffton roads.

6:40 AM – Paulding is added to the list of Ohio counties under an advisory.

6:18 AM – In Ohio, four counties are under low level travel advisories; including Williams, Fulton, Defiance and Henry counties.

6:13 AM – Closing and delays stand at 72. Check online for the latest: http://wane.com/closings/

News Channel 15’s Rod Hissong is along Hillegas Road reporting the lightest conditions we have seen all morning. Traffic volume picking up. State, city and county plows outside.

Alyssa Ivanson is reporting in Whitley county – she just arrived in Warsaw in Kosciusko county. Pavement is visible, but roads are slick. U.S. 30 is plowed, but not snow-free.

In Angola and Steuben county Chris Darby is with Ross Kinsey. Chris reports minimal traffic. He notices snow blowing and drifting behind vehicles.

Traffic Alert: A crash between a car and a semi has closed SR 37 near Cuba Rd. A poll is down across the road; no injuries reported. There is also a two-vehicle crash on Illinois and Hillegas.

5:48 AM – Meteorologist Greg Shoup is reporting snow may mix with rain around Fort Wayne. North of Fort Wayne it’s all snow. Current temperature is 23 degrees. The forecast high is 34°.

Traffic Alert: SR 37 is shut down at Cuba road, just south of Harlan.

5:40 AM – Area closings and delays escalate to 45. Kosciusko county is added to the list of counties under travel advisories.

5:30 AM – A total of 17 schools and businesses have canceled or delayed this morning.

5:15 AM – Rod Hissong is monitoring conditions at Hillegas and Jefferson. He is reporting snow-covered roads. Crews and salt trucks are out. Prepare to leave early.

Alyssa Ivanson is west on U.S. 30. The road is plowed, but snow-covered. She notes inconsistencies in the road conditions.

We find Chris Darby along 69 southbound. He notes visibility is limited. Several INDOT trucks outside.

5:03 AM – Prairie Heights and East Noble Schools have closed (East Noble doing e-learning).

Elkhart and Wells counties are under the lowest level of a local travel advisory. Routine travel or activities may be restricted in areas because of a hazardous situation, and individuals should use caution or avoid those areas.

4:40 AM – Morning services for a local transportation company are canceled. Two schools have declared 2 hour delays, including Lakewood Park Christian School and Wawasee Community Schools. Tune to News Channel 15 or check http://wane.com/closings/ for updates.

Chris Darby and Ross Kinsey are headed to Angola where snow totals are expected to be the highest.

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