FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The Travel Status of Allen County has changed from an Advisory to a Watch.

According to Bernie Beier, Director of the Allen County Department of Homeland Security, “County Highway and City Street crews have been battling the high winds, cold temperatures, and blowing snow for nearly 24 hours now.  Their efforts have allowed roads to become passable, yet still ice covered, slick and hazardous.  Motorists have been able to travel using caution throughout the day.  Crews will be stopping for the day.  The continued cold temperatures, wind and blowing snow are making their efforts ineffective now.  As the plows stop and the winds continue, expect travel condition to deteriorate over the next few hours.

During a WATCH local travel advisory, only essential travel, such as to and from work or in emergency situations, is recommended, and emergency action plans should be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies, and other organizations.

According to Fort Wayne Police Department activity logs, there have been 114 reported crashes that the FWPD has handled Friday as of 5:45 p.m.