FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – By 9 a.m. Friday morning, the roads in and around Allen County were coated with ice. Snow accumulated after nearly 2 hours of freezing rain. The National Weather Service classified morning conditions as hazardous.
During the morning commute, there were multiple slide-off crashes reported throughout the area. Additionally, there were several multiple vehicle accidents, some with injuries associated.
INDOT had city trucks out overnight, working to get ahead on treating the roads and through the morning commute. INDOT said it issued a full-call for over 1,000 trucks statewide.
City and county trucks were also hard at work.
At 9 a.m. the city of Fort Wayne released this statement:
A steady sleet and drop in temperatures has created hazardous driving conditions throughout the City. All of Allen County, including incorporated cities and towns, remains under a Winter Weather Advisory. Side streets and intersections in the City of Fort Wayne are particularly slick. Motorists should slow down and use caution when traveling throughout the day.
Just before 7:00 a.m., rain changed to sleet and temperatures dropped significantly causing driving hazards. Street Department trucks were on every route around 4:00 a.m. and are continuing salting and plowing efforts at this hour.
At 2 p.m., the Office of Homeland Security released this statement canceling the travel advisory:
The Winter Weather Travel Advisory for Allen County, IN has been lifted. Travel conditions throughout Allen County have greatly improved. Although road conditions have improved, residents are encouraged to continue using caution when traveling. Expect a few slick spots to remain, especially where standing water and snow is now freezing as temperatures continue to drop today and tonight.
*This story has been updated to reflect new information.