Calm before the storm- what to expect Friday

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – Fort Wayne and especially counties north of the metro area, are bracing for a winter storm system that could dump a significant amount of snow throughout the day Friday.

As of 10 a.m. Thursday, a Winter Weather Watch has been issued for DeKalb, Kosciusko, Noble and Williams Counties. A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for Lagrange and Steuben Counties.

The National Weather Service has predicted the entire area of northern Indiana, northwest Ohio, and southwest Michigan.

All the advisories will remain active until Friday night.

Snow will develop under cloudy skies Thursday afternoon and into the overnight hours, several inches is expected to fall by the time the sun comes up.
Snow will continue to fall throughout the morning, likely making for tricky travel conditions.

In total, the NWS says snow accumulations of 5 to 9 inches are possible, with 4 to 6 falling in Fort Wayne and higher totals in northern counties.

Snow will continue through the day on Friday and could drastically impact the morning and afternoon commutes. Then, over the weekend we could see another 1 to 2 inches of accumulating snow.

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The NWS says to plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the morning and evening commutes on Friday. Roads will likely be slick, or snow covered, and the heavy snow fall could yield significant reductions in visibility are possible.

The latest winter weather events in the area have caused hazardous conditions and drivers should use caution and leave lots of extra time to get where they need to go.
Remember that bridges, overpasses, and ramps will generally be slicker than main roads. Give yourself lots of stopping distance between you and other vehicles. And of course, if you encounter city or INDOT trucks, give them lots of space to do their jobs.

According to AAA.com, these are some of the tips you should follow during 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.

 

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-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 anti-lock 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.