FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – The winter storm hasn't quite made its way through Fort Wayne, but the rain is still falling and is expected to freeze by Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
It was raining most of the day, but Tuesday morning it was sleeting, causing roads to be slippery and slushy. The Allen County Highway Department sent out at least 16 trucks to lay down salt and sand on the roads.
So far, North Barn Supervisor Randy Knach says the Allen County Highway Department has used 1,500 tons of salt from each of its two barns this winter.
Since it rained most of the day, Knach says the trucks patrolled the roads, and crews were sent home at 3:30 Tuesday afternoon to get some rest before conditions worsen Tuesday night.
“We're not sure what's going to happen. Usually we get a form of really, really wet snow. With all the rain that we have right now, if it doesn't get too cold, that snow that we have on the road is going to start melting, so hopefully we won't have much accumulation,” said Knach.
The temperatures are expected to drop, causing the wetness on the roads to freeze into black ice. Knach says when weather conditions worsen, crews will get an alert from the Allen County Sheriff's Department and report into work. He says it usually takes about an hour for trucks to load up and get on the roads.
“We get an event like that, although we know it's coming down, the Sheriff's department will page us. And then we evaluate to see if we need to get everybody out right away, or if we can just send a partial crew out, or what have you,” said Knach.
Knach advises people to stay in tonight, but if you must be out on the roads be cautious of blacki ice, be sure to take your time, drive carefully and be patient.
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