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Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department
Downtown Warsaw on Wednesday morning.

Weather updates, by county

Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department
Kosciusko County Courthouse on Wednesday morning.

ADAMS COUNTY

Adams County will drop from a Code-Black snow emergency to Code-Red at 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to a statement issued by Adams County Emergency Management. Code Red is the equal to an IDHS Level – 2 Watch. 1. It means to "Stop, think twice about driving" because there are likely high winds and drifting snow, roads and covered with ice or snow and/or many county roads are impassable, according to the code sheet.

Adams County this morning restricted travel to emergency workers only, directing residents not to travel.

The county's offices were closed today.

ALLEN COUNTY

New Haven is under a Level 4 snow caution. No restrictions on traffic are in place, but drivers are urgd to be "alert to changing conditions." Cars should not be parked on snow-emergency routes and may be removed.

Statement issued Wednesday about 7 p.m. Wednesday.:

Fort Wayne: Mayor Tom Henry and the Allen County Commissioners will lift the Level Two Snow Warning at midnight tonight. At that time the City and County will go to a Level Four.

Level Four has no travel restrictions but reminds motorists that winter conditions could present a hazard. Drivers should proceed with caution.

City snow plows will plow through the night. Side streets are expected to be completed by 5:00am.

"We've worked very hard the last three days and I commend our plow truck drivers who put in long hours even sleeping on cots at the utility maintenance building last night. We are fortunate to have that level of dedication. We should be able to resume most normal activities in the morning," said Mayor Henry.

Tonight will mark the third straight full day of plowing for City crews. The Street Department received assistance from our Parks and City Utilities crews during today's plowing operations.

City offices will be open for business Thursday morning.

Fort Wayne 311 Call Center will return to normal operating hours Thursday. The 311 Center will remain open for non-emergency calls until 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. On Monday, Mayor Tom Henry asked the 311 staff to stay open 24 hours during blizzard conditions. Additional staff members from other departments were pulled in to help maintain the call center for the 24-hour expanded schedule. The 311 Call Center's normal hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

National Serv-All will resume operations Thursday morning. All collections the rest of the week will be one day later than usual. Wednesday collections will be performed on Thursday; Thursday work on Friday; and Friday work on Saturday. The Macbeth Road Landfill will be open for all customers who regularly bring their waste to the disposal site.

Bus service: Citilink buses are not running Wednesday, in response to a recommendation from the Fort Wayne-Allen County Office of Homeland Security. Customer service representatives are answering phones for travel emergencies until 6 p.m. at 432-4546, Citilink said in a written statement.

Animal Care & Control: Animal control officers are on duty for emergency response by calling 427-1244. The shelter's pet adoption center is closed, and volunteers should not report to duty. The main business office is open for emergencies, and phone lines will remain open for citizen assistance. Animal Care & Control is urging pet owners to safely secure animals inside a warm garage, enclosure or the home during the winter storm emergency. Provide additional food, fresh drinkable water and straw bedding in animal enclosures. If you are forced to leave your home, the 311 call center can provide a list of boarding facilities and hotels that accept pets.

Shelter closes: Residents needing shelter should call 311. The American Red Cross closed the First Assembly of God stranded motorist shelter at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

DeKalb County

At 6 p.m. the DeKalb County Commissioners lifted all Winter Weather Emergency Levels.

KOSCIUSKO COUNTY

Statement issued Wednesday shortly before 10:30 a.m. by the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department:

Kosciusko County Sheriff's Deputies responded to numerous calls overnight due to the blizzard conditions.

Deputies responded primarily to vehicle slide-off calls as well as vehicles stuck in drifts on county roadways. Kosciusko County Central Dispatch Center advised that they received over 68 total calls of vehicle crashes or slide-offs since the beginning of the storm last evening.

Deputies were busy early this morning responding to (abandoned) vehicles on county roadways as highway department plow trucks uncovered them.

Kosciusko County Highway Department Superintendent Scott Tillman stated that all plow trucks were out at 4 a.m. He also said that several V-plow trucks had been working throughout the night to assist stuck electrical crews, wreckers and sheriff's deputies. Tillman stated that approximately 90-95% of Kosciusko County rural roadways were closed when they began plowing this morning.

Some of his employees reported 4 to 5 foot drifts in the outlying areas due to the severe blowing from last night. Tillman also stated that plowing was slow this morning since the snow was quite heavy due to the sleet/freezing rain and snow mixture overnight.

State Road 19 north of U.S. 30 was closed early this morning by the Indiana Department of Transportation extending to Anglin Road, just south of Nappanee due to severe drifts.

NOBLE COUNTY

Noble County has downgraded to a Level 2 snow emergency. Kendallville remains on Level 2.

East Noble Schools will be on a two-hour delay Thursday.

WELLS COUNTY

Wells County is now under a Level 2 snow emergency. Essential travel only in recommended. It said late Wednesday afternoon that roads are slick and hazardous, with drifting snow.

Although the Wells County commissioners issued a level 1 Snow Emergency declaration, this did not apply to the area inside the City of Bluffton.

The city did not declare an emergency; therefore, individual business closings were at the discretion of each company's management.

Residential trash and recycling pickup scheduled for Wednesday will occur later in the week.

City Hall and all city departments are open for business as usual.

For updates

Officials may e-mail jgnews@jg.net to report status updates. To read about area closings, click here.

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