FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — The Fort Wayne Street Department has deployed its fleet of plow trucks to handle the season’s first snowfall.
The city said in a news release that it called in drivers on Veterans Day and plow trucks were working routes in all parts of Fort Wayne. Fleet mechanics were also called in to help, the city said.
According to WANE 15’s Live Doppler 15 Fury weather team forecast, about 2.7 inches of snow fell in the Fort Wayne area during Monday’s weather event. It marked the first measurable snowfall of the season.
Soon after the snow started to fall, reports of slide-offs hiked. Fort Wayne Police are still tallying how many accidents that took place Monday evening.
Transportation officials say it’s vital drivers slow down for their safety and the safety of others.
“The first snow is always the worst snow, ” said Nichole Thomas, Media Relations Director , Indiana Deportment of Transportation. “Because it’s been many months since we had to use our winter driving skills, so it’s really important that drivers remember the rules of the road when there is snow on them.”
To prepare for the weather event, street crews on Sunday pre-treated Fort Wayne streets with brine, a liquid de-icing substance that adheres to the road before an event to reduce ice build-up. City leaf collection trucks were also converted for plowing operations and fill with salt.
Leaf collection around the city could be delayed, as a result. Residents can check leaf collection updates at cityoffortwayne.org/leaves.