A wintry mix of snow, ice, and freezing rain combined to create hazardous road conditions and power outages Monday night and Tuesday morning.
By Monday evening, a layer of ice covered most roads around the Fort Wayne and Allen County area.
UPDATE: Indiana Michigan Power said as of 9 p.m., 900 customers were without power in Allen, Noble and Dekalb counties. I&M estimates power in these areas will be restored before 8 p.m. Wednesday. However, they note with the high winds expected, more homes could be taken offline by downed lines. The power company said conditions were worse around South Bend, where over 1,500 were still without power.
At its peak, about 28,000 customers lost service Tuesday morning as a result of the wind-fueled ice storms that struck northern Indiana and southwest Michigan.
Steuben County REMC reported 330 customers without power at 10 p.m. Tuesday. They tell WANE 15 they hope to have power restored soon.
Indiana Homeland Security officials issued Travel Advisories for Allen, Huntington, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley counties Monday night and Tuesday morning and urged drivers to use caution when on the roads.
The Defiance County Sheriff’s Office also issued a Level 2 Snow Emergency for Defiance County, Ohio.
Steuben, DeKalb, Kosciusko, and Noble counties declared a Travel Watch for their citizens Tuesday morning. That means you should only be on the roads there if it is absolutely essential.
For the most up-to-date travel notices, click here.
The icy road conditions contributed to dozens of crashes in Fort Wayne, Allen County, and the rest of northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio.
Five vehicles were involved in a crash at the intersection of Washington Center Road and Cross Creek Boulevard Monday night. Nobody was hurt, but it took crews about an hour to reopen Washington Center Road.
Police also responded to several crashes along West Jefferson Boulevard, I-69, and U.S. 24 east and west Monday night and Tuesday morning.
One crash involved a multiple-vehicle pileup on the northbound exit ramp of I-69 for Jefferson Boulevard. That crash had the ramp shut down for about two hours while crews worked to clear the scene. No major injuries were reported.
Hazardous road conditions led to several school delays and cancelations Tuesday morning. That includes Ivy Tech Community College, which has delayed classes until noon.
For an updated list of delays and closings click here.
The City of Fort Wayne said salt trucks would continue to treat roads throughout the night to improve driving conditions.
Any time roads are like this, it’s important to remind people to slow down and leave extra time to get where you need to go.
You should also be careful when walking on sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, and other untreated surfaces, as ice has coated them and created a very slick surface.