Statement issued Wednesday about 8:45 a.m.:
The road conditions for the Fort Wayne District which includes Adams, Allen, Blackford, DeKalb, Huntington, Jay, Lagrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells and Whitley Counties are as follows: Moderate snow is falling throughout our District and in some areas, we’re seeing sleet mixed with the snow. I-69 and I-469 are both snow covered, slick and although passable, a Level 1 emergency exists for much of our 11 county coverage area including Allen County. A Level 1 emergency means that travel is restricted to emergency personnel only. U.S., State and county roads are snow covered and in some instances, such as US 33 north of Wolf Lake in Noble County, drifted closed.
There may be lane restrictions and traffic back-ups while troopers investigate slide-offs and crashes in other areas. Use caution and reduce speed, particularly when approaching troopers who are assisting motorists, and highway service vehicles.
Reminder: Snow and ice covered roads do not cause crashes, and slide-offs, driving behavior does. There is always something that we can do to make ourselves safer drivers and to reduce the overall number of crashes.
Motorists please use the following cautions when driving:
Clear all windows, head/tail lamps of snow and ice
Turn headlights on, even in the daylight hours
Be aware of sudden stops
Keep distance between vehicles, don’t tailgate
Hang up cell phones, and drive with caution
MOVE OVER, SLOW DOWN when approaching emergency and highway service vehicles.
Again, please encourage your listeners, viewers and readers to not call law enforcement dispatch centers for road and weather information. We need to keep those lines open for emergency calls. They can call toll free (800) 261-7623 or they can visit www.trafficwise.in.gov for up to date information.