Winter storm – what you need to know for Wednesday

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – Today, Wednesday, is the day forecasters have been warning about.

The National Weather Service is predicting heavy snow and a Winter Storm Warning is in place for much of Indiana.

The National Weather Service says between 5 and 9 inches of snow is expected.

The storm warning is in place from 4 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

Driving could be hazardous. See some tips from AAA below to stay safe.

See the full forecast here

The City of Fort Wayne says that it is prepared for the forecasted snowfall.

The following was issued on Tuesday:

To prepare for the snow event predicted for overnight and most of Wednesday, the City of Fort Wayne Street Department fleet is being checked and will be ready to begin snow removal when needed. Crews have been pretreating main arterial intersections with brine to reduce ice build-up. If possible, residents are encouraged to find off-street parking so trucks can blade as close to the curb as possible.

“As always, our outstanding Street Department is monitoring the weather system and preparing to remove the snow that could make our roadways dangerous for travel,” said Mayor Tom Henry. “I urge motorists to use caution if they are unable to stay home tomorrow (Wednesday) and be patient as our crews clear away the snow.”

The city is divided into eighteen snow routes with each route assigned a minimum of two trucks. Streets in each route are prioritized as one (arterials), two (collectors and Citilink bus routes), and three (residential). Priority one streets are the first streets to receive plowing and salting. Whenever the priority one streets are deemed safe for travel during or after a snowfall, the city’s plow trucks begin operations on the priority two streets. After these streets are completed, trucks will move in to residential streets if there is an accumulation of three inches or more of snow. If during plowing operations on priority two or three streets it begins to snow again and priority one streets become slippery, trucks will be dispatched back to these streets as needed.

While no snow event is exactly the same, as a rule of thumb it usually takes 10-12 hours AFTER the snow stops falling to plow and salt priority one and two streets. Residential streets generally take 48 hours to plow, assuming the plow trucks can continue working on those areas and don’t have to move back to priority one or two streets.

The Street Department is responsible for 1,200 miles of streets and roads.

Residents are encouraged to go here for winter weather updates.

 

Get the latest forecast from the National Weather Service

 

The following was issued by the National Weather Service:

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Northern Indiana
259 AM EST Wed Jan 25 2023

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Including the cities of Angola, Fremont, Kendallville, Ligonier,
Albion, Auburn, Garrett, Columbia City, Tri-Lakes, South Whitley,
Fort Wayne, New Haven, Logansport, Royal Center, Peru,
Grissom AFB, Mexico, Wabash, North Manchester, Huntington,
Roanoke, Bluffton, Ossian, Decatur, Berne, Marion, Gas City,
Upland, Hartford City, Montpelier, Portland, Dunkirk, Hillsdale,
Jonesville, Litchfield, Bryan, Edgerton, Wauseon, Archbold,
Swanton, Delta, Defiance, Sherwood, Hicksville, Napoleon,
Deshler, Liberty Center, Paulding, Antwerp, Payne, Ottawa,
Leipsic, Columbus Grove, Continental, Pandora, Van Wert,
Ohio City, Lima, and Spencerville
259 AM EST Wed Jan 25 2023

…WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EST THIS
EVENING…

* WHAT…Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 9
inches.

* WHERE…Portions of northern Indiana, southwest Michigan and
northwest Ohio.

* WHEN…From 4 AM to 8 PM EST Wednesday.

* IMPACTS…Travel could be very difficult. The hazardous
conditions will likely impact the morning and evening commutes.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS..Snow will spread rapidly north early today
with rapid accumulations before noon. The heaviest snow should
end by late afternoon, although some blowing and drifting snow
in open areas is likely to persist into the evening. Additional
but mostly lighter snow is expected tonight into Thursday.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in
your vehicle in case of an emergency.

If you do have to be out on the roads during a winter weather event, keep these tips from AAA in mind for driving in winter conditions:

-Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads.

-Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly.

-The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop.

-Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, the best way to stop is threshold breaking. Keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal.

-Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it.

-Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed downhill as slowly as possible.

-Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill.

-Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from indoors.

Area schools will likely be impacted by the weather.

Check with your local district for updates Wednesday and Thursday.